Heading into 2014, bantamweight Melvin Blumer had won three fights in a row, and following his first two bouts of the year it seemed he would be continuing that success when things were derailed a bit.
“I rattled off a couple of wins earlier in the year, after that I had some pretty serious health issues that kind of put me on the sidelines the rest of the year,” Blumer told MMAWeekly.com. “I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis after my April fight and spent the rest of the year trying to get it under control.
“For a while there I was thinking I wouldn’t be able to do this anymore. It gave me time to sit back and realize why I love this sport so much and gave me extra drive to build off of.”
Now that he’s healthy again, Blumer (11-2) will face his toughest test to date when he makes his RFA debut Friday in Lake Prior, Minn., versus veteran Jeff Curran (36-13-1) in a feature 135-pound fight.
“I think it will definitely let me know where I sit,” Blumer said of facing Curran. “He’s been doing this a long time and has fought some of the best fighters and every organization you can name.
“I want to use my size, my reach, and fight at my distance. I want to make him make mistakes. I’d like to keep it on the feet a little while and see how his chin is.”
As is the case with some previous shows, Blumer will be on the same card with his twin brother Marvin, creating an opportunity to have both brothers push each other to succeed even more.
“If he puts on a good performance it reflects on me, and if I put on a good performance it reflects on him,” said Blumer. “Having us both in the same training camp and same televised show, you’re going to see the best of both of us.”
Blumer hopes that with a strong performance on Friday that he can take another step up in his career, possibly to the UFC if things go as planned.
“I’m on a five-fight winning streak with four of those five fights being stops, so beating Jeff Curran in a very dominant fashion and maybe stop him, maybe I’ll get that call,” said Blumer. “No matter what it would put me in a good position with the RFA, so that’s also a good option too.”