Melvin Blumer Making the Most of Opportunity, Headlines RFA 32

November 3, 2015

Earlier this year, Minnesota-based bantamweight Melvin Blumer picked up the biggest win of his five-year career when he defeated UFC veteran Jeff Curran via first-round knockout.

Not only did Blumer get a highlight reel finish, but his win over Curran also showed he could come back from adversity and persevere to the end.

“I think it was a good fight for me to come back in,” Blumer told “With all the promotions (Curran) has been in and the tough fights he’s had, it was good for me to finish him.

“I thought I was winning the fight up until I got caught, but I was able to come back and get the finish in dramatic fashion.”

Picking up a victory over such an accomplished opponent as Curran has had a very positive impact on Blumer’s career.

“It put me in a good spot with the RFA,” said Blumer. “They’re giving me an opportunity to showcase in a main event in this next fight.

“Also, of all the guys that (Curran) fought in the UFC and other promotions, I was the first person to finish him in like 10 years. I think that goes a long way.”

As Blumer (12-2) points out, he’ll get his first opportunity to headline an RFA event on Friday in Lake Prior, Minn., against hot-streaking Leandro Higo (14-2) in a 135-pound showdown.

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“He’s obviously a very tough opponent who comes out of a tough camp with a lot of tough guys like the Freire brothers,” said Blumer of Higo.

“I believe he’s going to come hard and try to push the pace and make it his fight, so I definitely need to use my footwork and make him come to me on my terms and not his terms. I need to keep some good lateral movement and keep him at my range and use that to my best advantage.”

Blumer feels a win on Nov. 6 will be just the thing he needs to get closer to making his biggest goal a reality.

“I hope it moves me one step closer to either the RFA title or making it to the UFC,” he said. “I’m really striving for that.

“I think I’ve been close before, but had a couple of losses, and in order to take it to the next level you have to fix those bad habits, and I’ve learned from those losses and have come back stronger.”

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