My whole life, the only thing that I have truly desired, is to become a professional athlete. For a good portion of my childhood I had my eyes set on being a professional football player, but any chance of that happening ended when I shattered my leg in grade 11 playing rugby for my high school team. The doctors told me I would be unable to play sports for over a year. Of course, I was on the football field in less than 5 months, but my speed was gone. I knew that if I was going to continue with sports at the College level of athletics it was going to be as a wrestler.
For my senior year of high school I dedicated myself to the mats. I set my goals on becoming a national champion. The year started off great; I had won every tournament during the year including the Western Canadians, but was quickly knocked off my pedestal when I was pinned in my Provincial Finals by a guy I had beaten easily in the season. I went into the National Tournament re-focused and ready to go, but unfortunately after making it all the way to the finals without a point scored on me, I once again came up short losing a close final. I went on to wrestle the next 6 years with the Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club. I was in and out of College, and at times working full time, but the one thing that remained constant was I was training twice a day in the toughest sport in the world. Thanks to the coaches, I was even lucky enough to be taken on trips all over the Pacific North West, even when I wasn’t enrolled in school. Wrestling is a grind like no other, and the reason I know that I have what it takes to be a professional fighter.
Today it finally happened; I signed my first pro contract with Battlefield Fight League. It’s a 4 fight – one year deal with the first fight slated for November against TBA. As an amateur I have already fought in the BFL cage 7 times and know that I will be very comfortable stepping in there for my pro debut. In my opinion, the top level ammys in Battlefield are very competitive against low-mid level pros, and having had a successful amateur stint, I feel more than ready for anyone Battlefield puts in front on my journey to the pro belt.
Well there you have it. As an amateur I was able to headline 4 cards, one of them was live on TV, and even have my highlights on Inside MMA a few times. Battlefield has been great to me thus far and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for me over the next year.
I’m sure these blogs will become much more regular again now that I am approaching the final exit on my “Road to the pro’s”.
I would like to thank my sponsors: Tapout Canada, FVSTR, Dominant Ground, Reflex on Kingsway, Drako, Passion Sports, Tippet Richardson, Kombat Nation, Klench Kustom Guards, Canusa Fight Team, and of course MMASucka.
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If any potential sponsors are reading this they can contact me through my manager Darcy Mcbride with Echelon Fighter Management.
Thank you very much for reading.
“Mitey” Micah Brakefield
(Photo by Steve White Media)