For their expansion into the USA, Indian-based promotion Super Fight League has partnered with CageSport producers Halquist Productions and in the process has imported some of the latter’s talent for their debut show on Saturday, which is sold out, but will be available for live viewing for free on the SFL Youtube channel at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
“It provides a great opportunity for me,” said Vom Baur. “I don’t really feel a lot of pressure on me. I’ve been competing for a very long time and have been in very high-pressure situations. I’m kind of used to pressure putting on me, so it’s not a big deal to me. I usually rise to those occasions.”
Vom Baur will be heading into SFL 35 having picked up a win in his last bout against Jeff Hatton in May at Cage Warrior Combat.
“We’d wanted to fight each other for a while now,” said Vom Bauer. “My first pro fight was at CageSport and he was 6-0 and the champ at that time. I finally got the chance to fight him and it went how I wanted to. He wanted to take it to the ground, but I kept it standing and came out the victor.”
The win over Hatton is Vom Bauer’s only fight of the year so far, to which he explained comes because of multiple factors.
“When you get to a higher level of competition, it’s tougher to get fights,” Vom Baur told MMAWeekly.com.
“Also, unlike other people that fight at this level, this is their life and this is their main income, but for me it’s a little bit different. I’m a high school special education teacher, I’m the head wrestling coach at a prestigious athletic school, and I also have my own wrestling club, so there are a lot of factors at play.”
On Saturday, Oct. 4, in Tacoma, Wash., Vom Baur (7-3) will be taking on fellow top prospect Victor Henry for the vacant SFL 135-pound title.
“He’s a top 100 guy in the world and is the first guy of that caliber that I’ve fought since (defeating) Josh Rettinghouse,” said Vom Baur of Henry. “I feel I have to be really well-rounded at everything and be prepared for wherever the fight goes and capitalize on whatever opportunities I get.”
Taking his first major title against Henry could be big for Vom Baur’s future, but for right now the only thing on his mind is Henry.
“I’m just focused on winning this fight,” said Vom Baur. “I do know that this is a big opportunity. And with CageSport working together with SFL, it will open up many doors and opportunities for me.”