In the first week of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the list of combat sport standouts was short with only one, Kayla Harrison, stealing the spotlight by becoming the first U.S. athlete to win gold in judo. But the events were only half over at that point, so who would become this week’s headliners?

In this feature, The MMA Corner will go inside this year’s Olympic combat sports, highlighting standout performances in judo, boxing, wrestling and taekwondo.

Jordan Burroughs backs up statement by winning gold

His Twitter username says it all: @alliseeisgold. This has been the motto for United States Olympic wrestler Jordan Burroughs for four years.

Burroughs tweeted hours before his gold medal match against Sadegh Goudarzi that the next thing he’d post would be a picture of him holding a gold medal. Sure enough, the 24-year-old uploaded the picture he had been waiting to capture his entire life.

Goudarzi was no match for the American, as Burroughs won the match 1-0, 1-0.

As far as his future, Burroughs has talked about possibly competing inside an MMA cage, but it’s yet to be seen if we’ll get to see the wrestler strap on the gloves. Nevertheless, Burroughs is enjoying himself with a gold medal around his neck as the most talked about combat sport competitor of the Games.

Scott, Chun win bronze for United States

The United States may have been dominated by the Russians in the wrestling medal count, but two Americans were able to medal to give the country three total.

In the men’s 132-pound class, Coleman Scott wasn’t able to capture gold, but managed to defeat Kenichi Yumoto to earn himself a bronze medal.

The Oklahoma State wrestler just barely got into the Games, but made the most of his opportunity by earning a medal.

After finishing fifth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the first Hawaiian wrestler, Clarissa Chun, won the bronze in the 105.5-pound weight.

Chun defeated a former gold medalist in Irina Melnik-Merleni to win the prize.

McPherson, Jennings win bronze in taekwondo

Don’t forget about taekwondo.

McPherson started out the competition by defeating British world champion Sarah Stevenson, then went on to earn a bronze medal over Franka Anic. This was the 21-year-old’s first Olympic medal.

Also on the mat, 150-pound American Terrence Jennings captured a bronze medal of his own by defeating Diogo Silva.

Claressa Shields wins only gold for USA in boxing, Esparza settles for bronze

The 2012 boxing competition for the Americans was an unsuccessful one, to say the least. However, two females were able to win medals for their country.

Houston native Marlen Esparza was defeated by Cancan Ren in her semifinal match, but still walked away with a bronze medal around her neck.

Only one athlete was able to win gold for the United States in boxing, a 17-year-old named Claressa Shields. Shields defeated Torlopova Nadezda in the 165-pound division to become the most talked about boxer in this year’s Games.

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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.