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Jason Huebbe has decided its time to take his fighting career to the next level.
After winning his first 11 amateur MMA fights — nearly all by first-round stoppage — the 2011 La Salle-Peru graduate and Peru native has decided to become a professional MMA fighter.
“I’ve already had 11 fights, and being 11-0 you kind of realize that it may be time for that next step,” said Huebbe, who officially decided Friday to go pro. “I went to talk to (L-P wrestling coach Matt) Fletcher and he really helped me out. I asked if he thought I should go pro, and he thought I was ready and that it’d be a good idea.”
Huebbe, who’s only 19 years old but has been fighting for nearly 16 months, won a pro contract Aug. 11 with the Extreme Challenge MMA organization but opted not to sign the contract right away so that he could gain more amateur experience.
After eight months and a handful of minor injuries, he intends to sign his contract and have a few fights with Extreme Challenge in the coming weeks and months.
“I wanted to work on my stand-up game, boxing and kick boxing some more,” Huebbe said. “I still need to work on those because they aren’t the best yet, but I decided that I’m just going to go pro and see how it goes from there.”
Huebbe is currently cutting weight to 205 pounds so that as a pro he has the option to wrestle as either a heavyweight or a light heavyweight.
As an amateur fighter, he currently holds the Extreme Challenge Super Heavyweight title, the Extreme Challenge Super Fight Series Heavyweight belt and the Battle of the Warriors Championship title.
Jared Bell can be reached at 220-6938, or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsJared.
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