Cody Mumma Finally Making His Way to the Bigs with RFA Debut on Friday

November 6, 2014

Former UFC heavyweight champion Shane Carwin may be the most notable wrestler from Western Colorado State to transition to MMA so far, but light-heavyweight prospect Cody Mumma is looking to change that.

Over the last four years, Mumma has worked hard to go from Division II wrestler to MMA fighter, amassing an overall 9-3 record as an amateur and pro.

“I trained to transition to MMA for a couple of years before having my first amateur fight in 2010 and since then I’ve grown as a fighter and have been picking up on my striking and jiu-jitsu and have become a pretty well-rounded fighter now,” Mumma told

”The fights I’ve won I feel like I’ve performed well, and in the fights I didn’t win I feel I definitely learned something and it helped me grow as a fighter. All in all, I feel like I’ve done pretty well so far.”

After having built himself on local shows in Colorado, Mumma will take a step up to a larger stage when he makes his RFA debut on Friday.

“I have some pretty lofty goals in MMA and this is definitely a stepping stone in the right direction,” said Mumma of fighting in the RFA. “I want to take this opportunity and capitalize on it.”

Mumma (5-2) will make his promotional debut at RFA 20 in Broomfield, Colo., against veteran Colton Vaughan (6-4) in a feature 205-pound bout.

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“Colton’s a good opponent, but I don’t have to change up my game plan a lot for his particular style,” said Mumma. “I’m going to go in there with the same game plan I usually do: just swing with him a little bit, put him on the cage, and then put him on the ground. I want to overpower him and do what I can.”

Having made the move to a larger show, Mumma hopes it will open opportunities for him to go from local star to a more nationally recognized talent.

“I feel like (a win in the RFA) will give me a lot of exposure and hopefully give me a couple more fights with the RFA and maybe get me a couple of out of town fights and help me get a good winning streak going on more of a national level,” said Mumma.

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