TEAM: Miletich Fighting Systems
HEIGHT: 5’ 7”
WEIGHT: 155 lbs
OUT OF: Bettendorf, IA
HOMETOWN: Houston, TX
Last Fight W/ Emeka Ifekandu
Next Fight TBD
Raufeon “Supa” Stots, born (December 16th, 1988) in Houston, Texas, moved to Kearney Nebraska to attend The University of Nebraska at Kearney. Stots won two NCAA Division two titles in wrestling there.
Stots acquired his start in mixed martial arts by way of wrestling in high school and college. He and fellow Grey Hat, Josh Smith grew up together in Houston, Texas and Stots admits that he kind of followed in his friend’s footsteps when it came to wrestling and MMA training. “Josh is like the brother I never had,” says Stots. Stots trains in Muay Thai, wrestling and Jiu Jitsu six days a week. Stots considers former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver to be his mentor. “I met Jens in Kearney at 802 MMA. He has done so much for me. Stots is a great guy,” says Stots. He has trained at Maranatha, 802 MMA and Premier Combat center in Nebraska and now Militich Fighting Systems in Bettendorf, Iowa. Stots is in the gym at 7 am every morning doing Muay Thai or Jiu Jitsu Monday through Friday and then some live sparring. “I always stay and do extra sprints and cardio afterwards and I do my long run on Sunday morning,” says Stots. Stots holds no MMA belts or titles thus far but those two NCAA wresting championships speak volumes.
Stots considers his last fight with Nolan Meers at VFC 43 to be his most impressive win. “I liked that fight because I improved on all the things I was working on since my previous fight. I wanted to stand up with him and I did, got the knock out,” says Stots. MMA Futures asked Stots how he would rank himself nationally as an amateur. “I think I could stand up with any amateur right now and I feel like I could win, I got a lot of self confidence especially training with Jens (Pulver) and Pat (Militich).” Raufeon Stots gives TJ Dillashaw high praise. “I like the way he switches up and is real fluid with everything he does.” Stots feels like Dillashaw is the best right now but Stots looks forward to the day that he gets a shot at competing against someone on that level. “I think I could compete but I just need some more fights at this point in my career,” says Stots. Stots talks about his move to Bettendorf, “I think after a few months training at MFS with Jens and those guys, my game will be at that level and I will get a shot, because iron sharpens iron.”
Stots says that he wants to start a youth wrestling team in his hometown to help some of the kids growing up in his old neighborhood. “When I get big enough I want to open a youth center for wrestling.” When asked about being part of the Grey Hat team Stots says, “I like what MMA Futures does for us getting our name out there, getting exposure, I just want to give back in any way I can.” What most people don’t know about Raufeon Stots is that he used to break horses when he was growing up in South Texas. “My Grandpa was a cowboy and we used to do rodeo stuff.” Stots explains, “My family knows that I am not a violent person and they support me in MMA. It took a while for them to come around but now they support me in everything I do.” People in his hometown support him and treat him like a celebrity at times. When asked to describe his life right now, in one word, Raufeon Stots says, “Enjoy.” The definition of enjoy is; “to find or experience pleasure for (oneself).” And that is what this young man is doing. He is taking in every moment as it comes and appreciating it all. MMA Futures is proud to take the same pleasure in having Raufeon Stots represent our brand. We wish him all the luck in the world but this young man does not need it. Watch this rising star, he will get to the next level quick.
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