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For two years Kyle Cerminara pushed himself to the limit training with some of the best wrestlers in the world at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

He just finished up the most successful career any wrestler had at the University of Buffalo, where he was the school’s first All-American, set a record with 137 wins and was twice named the Athlete of the Year.  And after he graduated he was wanted to be an Olympic champion.

Despite runner-up finishes at the 2009 Pan-American Games and 2009 U.S. Open the Lewiston, N.Y. native wouldn’t get there.  Now the 28-year-old, who coaches wrestling at the University of Pennsylvania, has set his sights on MMA.

Although he started training in February he’s already making a splash after winning this year’s Bellator open tryout last month at the Daddis Fight Camps in Cherry Hill, N.J.  Cerminara (1-0) says he’s focused and looking to become the next elite wrestler to one day become a champion.  His next step is Thursday in Philadelphia, where he’ll take on John Doyle (9-17) at the Locked in the Cage promotion.

“Whether it’s at Locked in the Cage or for the world championship it’s all the same to me.  I take everything real serious,” Cerminara said. “I’m expecting him to be in shape and be strong.  I believe in my training.  I believe in my abilities and I know I’m going to win the fight.”

Cerminara is also an accomplished wrestling coach.  He first worked at the University of Edinboro, where he helped the Scots finish sixth at the 2009 NCCA Championships. It was because of coaching that he got into MMA.

After his time at Edinboro he took at job to become an assistant coach at Penn, where he met UFC lightweight Waylon Lowe.

“I always thought about fighting.  I saw a lot of former wrestlers and friends of mine that got into MMA and did well,” said Cerminara. “I moved to Philadelphia to take a coaching job at the University of Pennsylvania.  I met Waylon Lowe, a UFC fighter, who was helping out at Penn.  I started hanging out with him going to some of his gyms.  I got hooked up with the people at Balance Jiu-Jitsu.”

The light heavyweight started training in February and made his professional MMA debut two months later at Cage Fury Fighting Championships, defeating Ariel Sepulveda by decision utilizing his takedowns and ground and pound.  He’s currently trying to hone in on his striking.

“It’s a work in progress.  I get more comfortable every week with my hands,” Cerminara said. “I’m developing some good kicks, too. It doesn’t come incredibly natural to me but I’m the type of person when I want to be good at something I’m going to be good at it.  I put a lot of time in.  Most of my training right now is stand up.  I put a lot of time in with my trainer Marco Perazzo at New Jersey Martial Arts.”

He credits his work ethic to his time spent at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.  It’s a work ethic that he believes will help him make it in the sport of MMA.

“I moved out there and for two years I devoted my time to training with the best of the best.  I tried to optimize my potential,” Cerminara said. “I didn’t reach my goals of an Olympic championship but I think I came close to reaching my potential and a lot of people define success that way.  I learned a lot.  I learned what it took to train.  With (coach) Terry Brands, I learned so much from him that I apply to my training now; how to push your mind and push your body.

“It really showed me how to really train at a professional level.  It was an overall good experience that I’ll take with me through my MMA career, my coaching career and throughout my whole life.  But I didn’t reach my goals and that’s why I’m still hungry and want to get a world championship in fighting one day.  That’s why I’m excited to fight Thursday.”

White Belt Radio: Tachi Palace Fights CEO Jeremy Luchau, Kyle Cerminara

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Every week White Belt Radio will focus on some of the nation’s best regional and local shows, and hosts Tim O’Connor of the The Combat Sports Agency and Mark Daniels of the Boston Herald have on Tachi Palace Fights CEO JeremyLuchau and Kyle Cerminara, who won Bellator’s open tryout.

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