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- MIKE STUMPF LOOKING TO GO TO THE NEXT LEVEL

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by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com (Photo courtesy of WindyCityMMA.com)







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Welterweight
prospect Mike Stumpf wants to take his career to the next level. He will be
fighting Friday night at XFO 23 in Lakemoor, Ill. The Team Curran fighter is
coming off of a victory over Dennis Reed back in February.

 

“Training
is going well,” said Stumpf. “I’m getting everything in; my boxing, wrestling,
jiu-jitsu and grappling. My conditioning is going very well.

 

“We have a
great team at Team Curran. Doug Davis, my strength and conditioning coach, is
doing wonders for me. I’m feeling more powerful than I have in a long time.
My boxing coach Dougie (Mango) is making my hands better than ever now.”

 

Stumpf will
take on veteran Eric DaVila this Friday. The Texan fighter has been competing
for almost ten years and has faced some tough opponents including Benji Radach
and former UFC champion Matt Hughes.

 

“He’s been
around for a while. I know he fought Matt Hughes; took him into the second round.
He’s very experienced; should be a good test for me,” said the Team Curran
fighter.

 

“I’m trying
to get to that next level so I want to get matched up with the best possible
opponents that I can get,” he added. “I’d like to step up and try and make a
statement.”

 

World
Extreme Cagefighting is quickly emerging as one of the organizations to be a
part of, especially in the lighter weight classes. Fighting in the WEC is
something that has crossed Stumpf’s mind on many occasions.

 

“It’s
definitely a goal that I’m striving for; it keeps me motivated. I want that
contract,” said Stumpf. “It would be an accomplishment. It would be a good
place for me to establish myself, to grow and develop as a fighter. I’ll fight
anyone in order to get in there.”

 

The crew
from Tapout will be on hand at XFO 23 to profile Patrick Curran for a future
episode of their show.

 

“I think
it’s great. I think it’s great for local area fighters and it’s great for the
XFO. It’s great for Pat Curran and Curran Martial Arts,” commented Stumpf.
“It’s a way to show the nation that the Midwest has some great fighters.”

 

Stumpf
aspires to do great things. He has taken his wrestling pedigree and evolved
himself into a well-rounded fighter; constantly improving his skills as he
strives to establish himself as one of the best welterweight prospects today.
And he has a purpose in doing so… pleasing his fans.

 

“To my
fans, keep on supporting me. I’ll train hard and keep fighting as long as you
guys come to watch me fight.”

 

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