Travis Wiuff (68-14-1) thinks he needs to win championship gold to validate his 11 year MMA career.
Today, August 24, Wiuff fights in the finals of the Bellator 2012 Light Heavyweight Tournament, where the winner challenges light heavyweight champion Christian M’Pumbu (18-4-1). Wiuff holds a victory over M’Pumbu back in 2011, though it was a nontitle fight.
“I need to get this belt to make the past 11 years feel like they were worthwhile,” said Wiuff. “If I were to happen to lose and wasn’t able to get the title, I couldn’t even call it a career, what I’ve been doing. I’d have to say the past 11 years have been a waste.”
Already looking towards the possible championship fight, Wiuff feels it will be a repeat performance.
“I don’t think there’s a lot of things that he can change,” said Wiuff. “I’ve been wrestling since I was 5. I still do a ton of wrestling. He doesn’t have that background, and I don’t think he can change a whole lot about that that’s going to make a difference.”
Wiuff is on a six fight win streak and has won all four of his Bellator fights.
“If I don’t become Bellator champion, I’d look at the last 11 years as a failure,” said Wiuff.