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BUTTERFIELD: 'It's like going through hell and then making it to heaven' Print E-mail
Written by Ben Pherson   
Monday, 15 May 2017 10:53

Cully "The Mason" Butterfield is returning to the Land of 10,000 Lakes on Friday night during LFA 12 at Mystic Lake Casino.

Butterfield is a Wisconsin native, but he wrestled collegiately at Itasca Community College in northern Minnesota. He started his MMA career in Minnesota, and he's bad to finally be back fighting where it all began.

Butterfield is 14-5 as a pro, and he's a World Series of Fighting veteran. He now trains at Roufusport in Milwaukee. Though he's just 27, Butterfield has been fighting professionally since 2009. He took several years off, but now Butterfield is focused on making a run to the UFC.

That run will start Friday night on live national TV when Butterfield takes on Minnesota standout Chase Waldon. Like Butterfield, Waldon is a Wisconsin native, but he's been a fixture on the Minnesota MMA scene, and he trains with Tom Schmitz at Spartan Martial Arts. Waldon is coming off a loss in world-title fight for RFA.

Butterfield and Waldon will square off as part of the main card at LFA 12. The event starts at 5:30 p.m., with the main, televised portion (AXS-TV) of the card beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are available from both Butterfield and Waldon, or online at www.cagetix.com

We caught up with Butterfield this week to find out how he's preparing for his return to national TV.

Prior to your return earlier this year, you hadn't fought in Minnesota since 2012. How nice is it to be fighting again in the Land of 10,000 Lakes?

BUTTERFIELD: It feels good to be fighting back in Minnesota. Had a lot of good fights here. I started my MMA journey here, training out of the Itasca wrestling room in Grand Rapids.

You and I have been around this sport for a very long time. Is it wild to think back to those days at Itasca, training and jumping right into an MMA fight in 2009? And even thinking about how much the sport has evolved since then?

BUTTERFIELD: Yeah, it's crazy to see what the sport has become. Safer, way more ways for fighters to make money, and the way people train is much

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