Nov 4, 2013, 10:23 AM EDT
2012 Olympian Chas Betts is trading the mats for the ring.
Betts, 27, signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), according to his Facebook account.
“I am proud to announce I have signed a contract with WWE and begin training tomorrow at the WWE Performance Center here in Florida,” read a Sunday post. “For those that have known me a long time, you know being a pro-wrestler has been a dream of mine since I was 11 or 12 years old. I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity.”
Betts placed ninth in the Greco-Roman 185-pound division at the London Olympics. He was named USA Wrestling’s Greco-Roman Wrestler of the Year for 2012.
He joins a host of U.S. Olympians to make the switch to sports entertainment, including 1996 Olympic wrestling champion Kurt Angle and two-time Olympic super heavyweight weightlifter Mark Henry.
In the summer, Olympic champion freestyle wrestler Jordan Burroughs cooled on previous plans to give MMA a shot after the 2016 Olympics.
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