U.S. coaches leave their seats as freestyle wrestlers Obe Blanc, left, from the U.S., and Iran's Hassan Rahimi grapple during an exhibition wrestling match at Grand Central Terminal, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
With the Olympic tournament in Rio less than two months away, the world's top wrestlers know that now is the time to start peaking.
Stars like Jordan Burroughs, Hassan Rahimi and Soslan Ramonov will be able to truly see where they're at in their training this weekend in Los Angeles.
The freestyle World Cup, to be held Saturday and Sunday at The Forum, will feature the top eight nations from last year's world championships.
Though Russia routinely dominates international freestyle wrestling, Iran will be the team to beat. The Iranians have won four straight World Cups, and they'll have world or Olympic medalists in six of the eight contested weight classes.
Iran will compete in Group B of the team event, along with the United States, Azerbaijan and India.
The Russians, who headline Group A, will have three world champions on their side _ including Ramonov and Abdusalam Gadisov. Mongolia could give Russia a good challenge though, and Georgia will bring a pair of world champions to L.A.
The Americans will be led by Jordan Burroughs, the defending Olympic and world champion.
Want to know why many consider Burroughs the best pound-for-pound wrestler in the world? Watch him dominate Iran's Morteza Ghaleh at last year's world championships.
But perhaps the U.S. wrestler most will want to see is Kyle Snyder at 97 kilograms.
Snyder became the youngest world champion in U.S. history at just 19 last year, and it'll be interesting to see how he looks now that he's had a few months of strictly freestyle training after winning an NCAA title _ a folkstyle event _ in March.
The Rio Olympics wrestling tournament will begin on August 14.