Travis "Diesel" Wiuff has 83 professional fights on his record. He has fought all around the world, including his first fight in 2001 held in Ramsey, Minnesota. With a record of 68-14; 1 NC, Wiuff may finally be close to gaining a real world title, the Bellator Fighting Championships Light Heavyweight belt.
On July 20, Rochester-based Wiuff took one step closer to getting a shot at the Bellator gold when he dominated and overwhelmed a far-less experienced Tim Carpenter. Using superior wrestling and natural strength, Wiuff repeatedly took Carpenter to the mat and pounded. And pounded. Over and over again for 15 minutes Wiuff beat on Carpenter (9-2) to easily earn a unanimous decision victory. All three judges scored the fight 30-27.
Riding a 6-fight win streak, Wiuff has one more hurdle on his road to gold: a Bellator tourney championship bout against Slovakian Attila Vegh. The fight will happen at Bellator Fighting Championships 73 on August 24. Vegh (27-4-2) has three fights on North American soil, all wins (two by split-decision). His biggest win also came on July 20 as he won a controversial split-decision fight against Emmanuel Newton.
The winner of this fight is guaranteed a $100,000 payday and a shot at the current Bellator champion, Christian M'Pumbu. Wiuff fought and defeated M'Pumbu in October 2011 in a non-title bout and is looking for a rematch with more on the line.
On paper (or computer screen), the matchup between Wiuff and Vegh looks to be an easy read: Wiuff takes Vegh to the mat and pounds. But that is why they fight the fights!