Ivy League energy broker John Cholish makes Strikeforce debut

By Kyle Nagel

John Cholish, the Cornell-educated wrestler whose impressive education had once been financed by the sale of a 1964 Plymouth Fury, settled into a new financial-industry job in New York City about five years ago.

His college wrestling team had often watched UFC events, so he held a simmering interest in mixed martial arts. One of the first days on the job, he went searching for a new gym.

What luck. With a quick Internet look, Cholish found Renzo Gracie‘s New York City school, which stood a block away from his new office. After work, he ditched the shirt and tie and started what would become his MMA training.

“I just went over on a Friday,” Cholish told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “There was a no-gi class, and I popped right in. I haven’t left since.”

After using his wrestling instincts too much in a first-fight loss, Cholish (5-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) took a year off, trained further and has won five consecutive fights. The 27-year-old New York City resident tries to advance his budding career further when he takes on “The Ultimate Fighter 12” cast member Marc Stevens (12-5 MMA, 0-0 SF) on Saturday at “Strikeforce and M-1 Global Present: Fedor vs. Silva.”

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