In the middle of July an opportunity presented itself to Minnesota's Marcus LeVesseur.
And the former undefeated collegiate wrestler from Augsburg wasn't about to pass it up.
"The Prospect" fought Jay Ellis on a show in Wisconsin on July 10, and in attendance that night were WEC veteran Anthony Pettis and MMA legend Duke Roufus.
Pettis and Roufus were impressed with LeVesseur's performance. Since then, Roufus has stayed in contact with LeVesseur's manager, Jeremy Bjornberg. And through that relationship, LeVesseur received a big break in the training department.
Pettis and Roufus invited LeVesseur to Milwaukee. And now, he's there, living with Pettis and helping the WEC standout get ready for his lightweight title fight against Benson Henderson in December.
It's the opportunity of a lifetime, and LeVesseur is taking full advantage. He's been in Milwaukee now for almost three weeks, and he plans to stay there until just before his fight Nov. 12 during Combat on Capitol Hill 4 against Dakota Cochrane (6-1).
We caught up with The Prospect to find out how Milwaukee is treating him.
You've been in Milwaukee for almost three weeks now. How's the experience?
PROSPECT: It's great. It's been a great opportunity for me. I'm training with one of the best lightweights in the world, helping him get ready for a world title fight on Dec. 16 against Benson Henderson. I'm a wrestler and I'm also a southpaw, same as Benson Henderson. I think I bring something to the table, and in return, I get to train with some of the best. I'm seeing myself become a much more technical fighter.
Are you already seeing a big difference in your game, in just three weeks?
PROSPECT: Yeah, I'm vastly improved. At home, I train at the Minnesota Fight Factory with Sergio Cunha. I love