Raufeon On the Rise
Wrestling, like most martial arts is a sport of discipline. It is a sport that requires the winner to have not only superior strength and endurance, but more importantly the superior knowledge of the sport. In my experiences, the best wrestlers started young. This however, was not the case for one Raufeon Stots, who started wrestling when he was in High School. Most wrestlers who start out in High School are lucky to make varsity by their senior year, but for Raufeon this was merely a welcomed challenge for the fearless competitor.
High School wrestling teammate Zak Shoulders said, “Raufeon was just a natural freak in high school. He would lose to kids he shouldn’t have just because he had so little technique. That being said, he would also destroy people who were way better than him because he was so explosive and athletic…also, he never thought anyone was better than him. He didn’t care that he only wrestled one year, and that he was going up against a state champ, he’d go out there with full confidence that he was going to put the kid on his back.”
After high school wrestling, Raufeon craved more competition so he and fellow high school teammate and close friend, Zac Shoulders, continued on to Labette Community College, a junior college with a powerhouse wrestling program, under head coach, Joe Renfro, in the small town of Parsons, Kansas. At Labette, Raufeon sharpened his tools and made himself an All-American and two-time national qualifier.
But that wouldn’t be nearly enough to fix his cravings for greatness. He then moved on to the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he would claim two Division II National Championship titles.
Still hungry to attain more, the journey would continue under the tutelage of former world champion, Jens Pulver, where Raufeon would find his love for the sport of MMA.
Fast forward two years to present day, Raufeon is now living in Milwaukee training with the famed Roufusport. He is 8-0, the VFC Bantamweight Champion, and a top prospect for the UFC. He is such a top prospect in fact, that he sat cage side with Dana White at UFC Fight Night in Kansas City.
The smiling, dancing, jokester is a personality that fans have already taken to and are eagerly awaiting his call to the UFC.
Raufeon thinks the UFC is next as well, but is eager to fight as soon as possible. With that mentality and his abilities it will be hard to keep him out of the UFC for much longer.
For more about Raufeon Stots and his time with Dana White, watch his VFC 56 post fight interview with Canvas Conversations.