Mensah-Stock, 28, added to America’s gold medal haul in Tokyo with victory in the 68kg women’s final over Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria this week, becoming only the second US woman ever to win an Olympic wrestling title.
While that achievement has made headlines, the interview which followed Mensah-Stock’s success has arguably gained even more traction by showcasing the wrestling star’s larger-than-life personality.
“I love representing the US. I freaking love living there,” beamed the wrestler, draped in the Stars and Stripes, when she was asked how it felt to appear for her homeland.
“I’m so happy I get to represent USA! I love it!” added Mensah-Stock, who was born in Chicago to a mother from Illinois and a father who hailed from Ghana.
The clip soon went viral and was picked up by UFC boss White, who shared it with his 5.6 million followers.
“Congratulations Tamyra Stock for being the first black woman to win a wrestling gold medal. I love your energy, I love your positivity, and we couldn’t have a better representative of our country,” wrote White.
Many agreed, with British UFC icon Michael Bisping simply replying: “awesome.”
“Tremendous,” wrote former Olympic gymnastics champ Dominique Moceanu.
“Most of all I love how excited and honored she is the represent USA. Hopefully this is just the beginning for her,” added another person.
“This is how you represent,” said another admirer.