ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) reporter Dr. Rhadi Ferguson caught up with longtime MMA veteran Travis Wiuff (68-14, 1 NC) following his win over Tim Carpenter (9-2) in the Bellator Fighting Championships light heavyweight tournament semifinal round at Bellator 72 over the weekend. Wiuff will now move on to face Atilla Vegh (27-4-2) in the finals in August for a $100,000 grand prize and a shot at the Bellator light heavyweight title currently held by Christian M’Pumbu (18-4-1). Incidentally, Wiuff defeated M’Pumbu via decision in a non-tournament bout at Bellator 55 last October.
Wiuff has been fighting professionally since 2001 and has had over 80 professional bouts. The 34-year-old Minnesota native said this is probably his last shot at the top. He would like to win the Bellator title, defend it a few times and then retire. Wiuff has a family and daughter now and he said he would like for his daughter to be able to look back and be able to say, “My dad was a pretty tough dude in his heyday.” — Not for nothing, but I’m pretty sure that’s already a given Mr. Wiuff…. Also, Dr. Ferguson talks about the massive weight cut Wiuff makes for the light heavyweight 206-pound limit.