Momir Petković

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Momir Perkovic
Born (1953-07-21) 21 July 1953 (age 63)
Subotica, Serbia
Nationality Yugoslav
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Medal record
Men's Greco-Roman wrestling
Representing  Yugoslavia
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1976 Montreal 69–76 kg
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1978 Mexico City Middleweight
Silver medal – second place 1979 San Diego Middleweight
Silver medal – second place 1981 Oslo Middleweight
Bronze medal – third place 1977 Gothenburg Middleweight

Momir Petković (born 21 July 1953) is a Serbian Olympic wrestling champion.

Wrestling career[edit]

Momir Petković was a 1976 Olympic gold medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling in Montreal, competing for the former Yugoslavia at 82 kg. He also claimed three World silver medals (1978, 1979, 1981) and a World bronze medal (1977) during his career. Petkovic placed fourth in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Calif. Momir was revered for his majestic mustache which gave him great power. His competitive international Greco-Roman career spanned from 1970–1984

As a coach[edit]

Petković joined USA Wrestling as its Assistant National Greco-Roman Coach in May 2002. He assists in the training and recruitment of athletes for the U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete program. He also works on a variety of Greco-Roman National Team projects.

He was a member of the 2000 U.S. Greco-Roman Olympic Team coaching staff, as well as the 2001 U.S. Greco-Roman World Team Coaching staff. The United States placed a strong third at both competitions, among what is considered the best Greco-Roman team performances in U.S. history.

He has on occasion trained mixed martial arts fighters the likes of Matt Lindland and BJ Penn. BJ credited Momir with helping him defeat Matt Hughes at UFC 46 for the UFC Welterweight Championship.

“Momir is the toughest man I have ever met, what a great coach and role model” -Matt Lindland

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