I'd suggest never messing with anyone from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. If you do, you might run into some big problems with some of the alumni.

Do you know how many UFC fighters and professional mixed martial artists are from Iowa Central Community College? A lot. Not only is there an incredible list of UFC fighters but there are also professional football players and other various athletes.

I started going down this rabbit hole of professional fighters from Iowa Central Community College after finding this clip from Barstool Sports on Instagram. Originally the hosts of this podcast got the school wrong but they eventually figured it out.

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*WARNING: STRONG Language Used In The Instagram Headline*

Iowa is known for being a wrestling state, so it's not incredibly surprising that some good fighters/wrestlers have come from Iowa. It's still remarkable how many Central Community College athletes have gone on to fight at one of the highest levels you can fight.

Notable Alumni

In a 2021 article from IC Tritons, they mention another name making it into the UFC Octagon, Phil Hawes. Hawes was a former national champion wrestler for the Tritons and he went on to beat Nassourdine Imavov on a UFC main card.

According to Ranker, Cain Velasquez is a former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion and was ranked #8 in the world in 2019. Jon Jones is considered one of the greatest professional fighters of all time and was a two-time undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Joe Soto competed in the bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and has been a professional competitor since 2006.


Colby Covington is currently competing in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is a former Interim UFC Welterweight Champion. According to ESPN his current career record is 17-4.

On the football side of things, Tyji Armstrong, Amari Spievey, and Troy Stedman all have spent time in the NFL.

What is in the water in Forte Dodge, Iowa that they can pump out this many tough humans? I think the podcast hosts of the show got it right when they said "If you ever get into a fight with anybody, make sure they're not from Iowa Central Community College."

Iowa Born Sports Stars

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