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Sid Wheeler Not Rattled by Late-Notice Change for Valor Fights 36

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Coming off his submission win over Kendrick Miree at Valor Fights 33 in May, middleweight prospect Sid Wheeler feels it was a great bout for helping him take another step forward in his career development.

“It was a good fight, (Miree) was a tough opponent, and I feel like it pushed me to that next level that I wanted to be at,” Wheeler told “I’m happy I got the finish. It was late in the fifth round, and I’d like it to not be that way, but sometimes you need those kinds of fights to put you up with the big dogs.”

When it comes to fighting in the later rounds, Wheeler is comfortable going longer in a bout because that’s the way he’s been preparing his entire professional career.

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“As soon as I turned pro, we never trained for three-round fights; we always trained for five-round fights because I wanted to be a championship fighter,” he said. “It was always no less than five rounds. I feel if you’re going to be a champion, you have to train that way.”

Next up for Wheeler (5-0) is a jump up in weight class to 205 pounds to take on late replacement Gerald Meerschaert (22-8) in the main event of Valor Fights 36 on Saturday in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Originally, Wheeler was set to face UFC vet Joe Riggs, who had to drop out due to injury. And while Wheeler would have liked to have had that original fight, he’s happy that Meerschaert stepped up and the fight ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly