Saturday night’s stacked fight card for King of the Cage will feature a lot of faces well-known to the area. But one particular face might stand out on its own merit.
Fight to Finish fighter Frank “the Nightmare” Schuman.
The last time KOTC had a World Amateur Championships Event, Schuman competed on the card in Las Vegas, NV. Although he did not win his bout, he still walked away a $25,000 contract winner. MMA fans across the globe voted on Schuman as the fan favorite – 4,000 votes higher than the next fighter.
Schuman lives in his hometown of Lac du Flambeau Tribe, and trains with Leadership Academy Martial Arts with Head Coach Gary Engels and Jared Raths. He entered his pro career with a winning amateur record behind him. He holds an undefeated pro record and plans on adding another win on Saturday. His last two opponents were defeated in under 45 seconds of round 1, by arm bar.
His opponent this weekend is Norman Waters, however Schuman is always prepared to face whichever opponent is set before him. Training for this fight has been no different for Schuman. “I train every day like it’s a title fight,” he said. “Fans can expect a normal Nightmare — fight fast ‘n explosive, coming out banging!” Schuman believes his biggest strength has been achieving a well-rounded skill set, a goal many fighters strive for.
Schuman has been participating in different aspects of the sport since he was a young boy. He started fighting in 2010, and in 2013 found himself in Las Vegas competing in KOTC’s World Amateur Championships. “KOTC Vegas was a trip!” said Schuman. “I loved and enjoyed the fact that I was given the opportunity to head out there and compete with that level of athletes.
“I lost the fight, but won a contract. That fight made me realize that I needed to reach out to other gyms and train in other skills like BJJ, wrestling and striking – and really learn how to properly cut weight. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle,” he said. “My staff now — Gary Engels, Nikki Engels and Jared Raths, along with my wife Carli Ann (Bergquist) Schuman — have all shown me new ways to train and expect the unexpected.”
With a myriad of experiences and changes, it would be easy for Schuman to focus on his goals long-term. However, he is dedicated to keeping his eye on the here and now. “Right now it is just one fight at a time,” he said. “I don’t need to overwhelm myself. I want to stay focused and always remember why I’m doing this sport and career — for myself and my family.”
Schuman’s family includes wife Carli Ann, daughter Emma, and a child on the way. Schuman doesn’t know the gender of his second child, and asked to find out after his training camp and upcoming fight. Rumor has it, it will be announced in a memorable way on Saturday!
The future looks bright for Schuman, and he feels grateful to many people. “I’d like to thank my coaching staff!” he said. “They open the gym Monday through Friday for me, and go above and beyond what they need to, to make sure that I’m ready and make weight.
“Even after we leave that gym and are at home, I’ll get a message hours later. It will be about something they were thinking about that I could change or do, or ways to try new things out, all to help me.
“I’d also like to thank Lake of the Torches Resort and Casino, Walking Art Tattoo, and Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians for always backing me. Not only me, but backing sports and athletics in general,” said Schuman. “Thank you to the people who take time out of their life, and money out of their wallets, to travel and venture to these events. They are what make the fights!”
You can follow Frank Schuman on Facebook HERE, and watch his fight this Saturday night at Menominee Casino Resort in Keshena, WI!