St. Louis' mixed martial arts scene has exploded in recent years, and no local tough guy is tougher than Tyron Woodley. The Ferguson native was a standout wrestler at McCluer High School before moving on to Mizzou, where he was an ROTC student, a conference champion and a two-time All-American on the mats. He learned jujitsu from Mike Rogers at St. Charles Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts, trained with Matt Hughes' H.I.T. Squad and now aligns himself with the vaunted American Top Team. An ass-kicking machine, he fights in Strikeforce, the Showtime-sponsored league that's just a notch below UFC, and boasts a 6-0 record with all but one win coming by submission.
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