Although most casual fight fans watch some of the major UFC pay per view and FOX shows and the occasional Bellator event on SPIKE, there is a whole other world of fighters out there. These are young scrappers fighting their way towards the big time, ‘chasing the dream'.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Fighting out of the red corner, weighing in at one hundred and fifty-five pounds and fighting out of Arbela, Missouri the reigning defending Iowa Challenge Lightweight Champion, he is…….. “Crazy” Carl Wittstock.
Carl is a Lightweight prospect currently fighting for The Resurrection Fighting Alliance. He is seven and one and has finished six of his opponents. After six years and eighteen fights as an amateur, Wittstock turned pro in 2014. About his early career and turning pro Carl said:
“I grew up wanting to box. I pretty much self taught everything until late into my ammy run, before getting with an MMA gym in Iowa! I honestly never thought I would be a pro fighter! It was a hobby I did on the side and I never took training seriously. I took a lot of fights on three days notice or in heavier weight classes. It was just fun, but since I didn't train I didn't feel like I should go pro. After winning three amateur titles and getting with a real MMA gym, I decided to go for it and turned pro on my 28th birthday! I won my debut and got sub of the night. Happy birthday to me!!”
What fighter entertained and inspired him growing up?
“BJ Penn was my all time favourite & probably still is! His 11 second knockout of Caol Uno got me hooked to the sport!”
Wittstock made his RFA debut in July against Benjamin Locken. In an exciting and competitive fight Carl secured an arm bar in the second round forcing Locken to submit. Currently the Iowa Challenge Lightweight Champion, Carl will be looking to add RFA Gold to his waist in the future.
“RFA has a ton of talent especially in the lightweight division, but I think I should be in the mix very soon! I would be willing to fight for the title this weekend! I am not the type to say no to a challenge. So if something falls through for the main event of the St. Louis card, call me up and I'll be ready to glove up! But with 2 or 3 more wins to add to my 7-1 pro record (5 fight win streak, 6 total finishes) I would imagine a title shot would be in line!”
Some of the fighters looking to break into to the big time have been lucky enough to be seen by Dana White on his show “Lookin' For A Fight”. This is an exciting opportunity for young scrappers.
“I love Dana's show and the thought behind it! Like scouting the minor leagues for the next breakout star! Really cool stuff! No contact yet but if Dana watches me fight, I guarantee he will be entertained!!”
One day Carl hopes to one day compete on the biggest stage in MMA.
“I'm not under contract right now so if they want me, come get me! I'm here to put on a show, entertain & finish fights!”
Who would he love to fight in UFC or Bellator?
“Styles make fights for sure and there are a bunch of top guys in the Lightweight division that I match up with well! My dream fight for Bellator is Melvin Guillard and for UFC I'd love to fight Diego Sanchez or Ross Pearson! Those slugger type guys that would promise a show for the fans!”
Who does Carl train with?
“I Train With Gabe Lemley in New London Iowa at The Skunk River Grappling Dojo! He is the best coach I could ask for. He has a win over Clay Guida and challenged Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce Lightweight championship. He has a ton of experience to transfer to me! I love the guys up there and its only an hour and 20 minute drive.”
What are Carl's future fight career plans?
“Just to continue competing, I love the sport! I wanna win a world title, defend it and have a fight in the UFC. If those goals aren't met it's not gonna break me. I have fun with it and I'll continue doing it on whatever level I am at, for as long as I feel I can!”
My final question for Carl Wittstock was an important one that everyone is wondering. How did he get tagged with the moniker “Crazy” Carl?
“I run a hunting outfit in Northeast Missouri. We have hunters from all over the country, bow hunt with us. Well, as a guide and a young 20 year old that couldn't hold my liquor, I would get wild and crazy. I never said no to a dare, so the nickname came honestly and I represented it pretty well!! Haha!”
Be on the look out for Carl Wittstock, his fights are always exciting and rarely go the distance. This guy is ready to hit the big time and he is truly “Chasing The Dream”.
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