A Northwoods mixed martial arts star will take a once-in-a-lifetime chance at winning a professional contract by battling it out inside the cage at the World Amateur Championships Oct. 19, at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Frank Schuman, a Lac du Flambeau tribal member sponsored by Lake of the Torches Resort Casino, will compete with 40 other amateur mixed martial artists from across the nation to win part of $250,000 in professional contracts that will be awarded during this nationally televised event.
A panel of mixed martial arts (MMA) judges and audience voting will determine the first four contract winners, and these winners will receive a $25,000 or $50,000 contract award.
The fifth contract will be awarded based on text voting by the audience watching on television, and the winner will receive a $100,000 contract.
The event will be broadcast live on MAVTV on DIRECTV and on the Dish Network (check with your local provider for the cable channel in your area).
“The selection process was grueling,” Mike Low said. He is the event manager for King of the Cage, which is sponsoring the event. “So many fighters throughout the world were well-deserving of the opportunity. We had more than 1,000 applicants who wanted to participate. Everyone has a good story and a reason to be there.”
Schuman has trained in MMA since he was five years old. After a few years in the mixed martial arts program at the Lac du Flambeau Youth Center, he began training at the Sixel Fight Club in Sugar Camp under the guidance of renowned martial artist Dave Sixel, an eighth Degree Black Belt in Pankration (a form of combat sport invented in ancient Greece that includes a variety of fighting techniques). Schuman has been fighting competitively since he was 17.
“We wish Frank the best of luck in his quest to win a professional contract at the World Amateur Championships in Las Vegas,” Leana Schlecht said. She is the director of marketing for Lake of the Torches. “Frank has a determination and drive that will serve him well in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We are very excited to support Frank in pursuing his dreams.”