Wiuff honors fallen Eilers with title win

by Mick Hammond | source: mmaweekly.com

In the short career of a fighter every fight is important, title fights even more so, but for former UFC and Pride fighter Travis “Diesel” Wiuff his recent IFC heavyweight title win on Aug. 15 in Canada had significance for a whole other reason.

As Wiuff explained to MMAWeekly.com, having the chance to honor a fallen friend by following in his championship footsteps made the fight all that more important.

“The belt became available from Justin Eilers,” explained Wiuff. “He was the title holder and passed away last Christmas.

“A couple of months after that happened, I got a hold of Paul Smith, who is the owner for the IFC, and asked him if there was any opportunity to get the belt because Justin was a close friend of mine.”

Wiuff went on to explain his relationship with Eilers. “He was probably the best friend I had in the fighting business.

“We trained together a lot, lived together for a little bit, and cornered each other for a lot of fights, (including when) I cornered him versus (Andrei) Arlovski for the UFC belt (at UFC 53). It was an opportunity to keep that belt in the family, and Paul agreed and we went from there.”

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Rand McPherson site profile image  

8/27/09 8:47 PM by Rand McPherson

good story

sirjoshua site profile image  

8/27/09 8:46 PM by sirjoshua


JEllison site profile image  

8/27/09 7:07 PM by JEllison

Travis is THE MAN. I got to train with him and Eilers both around the time of the Arlovski fight. Thats awesome news. Great work Travis.

Master Shredder site profile image  

8/27/09 3:13 PM by Master Shredder


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8/27/09 2:12 PM by kidpresentable

 Travis is the bee's knees and the cat's pajamas

supersaiyan site profile image  

8/27/09 1:39 PM by supersaiyan

dont rmr exactly but i was positive iheard something of the likes or see n an original roster before summer where his name was listed then all the sudden it was not there...but i could be wrong...i know it was someone that was on there that was replaced ...THAT MUCH is for sure. "who" is the question :)

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8/27/09 1:18 PM by BrazilianBomber


damaebushi site profile image  

8/27/09 1:13 PM by damaebushi

Travis has been a really good person ever since I first met him and watche him fight in MN @ the very beginning of his MMA career.  Nice to see he remains one of the genuinely good people in the sport or anywhere else. Respectfully: Fred

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8/27/09 12:09 PM by Humboldt JuiJitsu


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8/27/09 10:15 AM by Juijitsuboxer

He was originally slated for the show?