Local man makes his way into a professional M.M.A. career

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STERLING, Ill. (WIFR) -- It's that intent that led Matt to become a state championship wrestler and then attend West Point Military Academy. It was at West Point Matt quit fighting leaving behind his own wrestling legacy, but it didn't take long before Matt noticed he didn't feel complete. Matt believes his life had an empty hole without wrestling, but he wasn't able to just walk onto West Point's team. It was at West Point he discovered M.M.A. Matt says this sport has done more for him than he thought possible.

"When I can do something on all the levels that martial arts does, " explained Matt. "I haven't found anything that brings the best out of me the way that that does."

Now Matt is working on his professional career as an M.M.A. fighter looking for sponsors and fights. He says one of his main goals is to get in a pro fight back here near home at a cage in the Quad Cities. Matt remains undefeated since starting his pro career.

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