Bantamweight veteran Marvin Blumer knows all too well what it is like to be close to taking the step up onto the national stage, but not quite making it.
By his own admission, multiple times he’s been on the verge of stepping up to the next level, always to have something happen in what could be a gateway fight and not only end up losing the bout, but also a ticket up.
Most recently, Blumer was challenging for the King of the Cage 135-pound title against then-champion Frankie Saenz in February when a cut cost him the bout.
“I had gotten a cut in the middle of the second round above my right eye,” Blumer told MMAWeekly.com. “All the blood was going to the outside of my eye, not in my eye, but the doctor waived the fight off.
“It was dissatisfying how it ended. It’s the first time I’ve seen a doctor stop a fight from the opposing corner, so it was a little odd.”
Blumer felt he and Saenz split the first four rounds of the bout and the fifth could have been the determining factor in the fight, but it never came. Still, he feels that the loss to Saenz does have some positives.
“I was hoping they’d give me a rematch, but (Saenz) obviously went to the UFC and ended up winning his first fight, so it shows me I’m right where I need to be and it was just a little bit of a setback,” said Blumer. “I feel like I’m on the verge of making that next step, but I keep losing these really close squeaker fights.
“It gave me a lot to build off of. He exposed some things in my game that I need to work on, so it was a good learning experience.”
“I’m hoping that because (Maranhao is) coming up from 125 pounds and I’m a big 135 pounds that I’ll have more strength as far as that goes,” said Blumer. “I’m pretty big for a bantamweight and I’m used to fighting a lot of short, stocky wrestlers, and I don’t think Junior has a strong wrestling base, so that could play into my advantage.
“I really like to get in people’s faces. I come to fight. I’m not coming to try to sneak a win – I’m coming to bring the fight – and I’ve got to do my best to make sure he fights my fight and not the other way around.”
Finding himself once again on the verge of a career breakthrough, the 32-year-old Blumer is hoping this is finally the time he gets to establish himself on the national stage.
“I’m really hoping that if I can get that next title shot for the RFA or get into the UFC,” he said. “If I can make it a good, exciting fight, it will help vault me to the next level.
“I’m a little older, but I feel like I’m in my prime: as far as my strength, my conditioning, the way I see fighting. I feel like everything’s in my court to make the next step.”
(Photo courtesy of King of the Cage)