Northmont’s Aspiring MMA Fighter

Junior Bryce Asher Tells His Story on Working to Become a Professional UFC Champion


Bryce Asher poses with professional UFC fighter Sean Salmon

Justin Artz, Staff Writer

Local Northmont junior, honor roll student, and aspiring MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter; Bryce Asher shares his story on his journey to make it to the UFC.

“I have had the dream of being a professional MMA fighter since I started wrestling at the age of 5,” said Asher.

Asher attends muti purpose gym Mpower multiple times throughout the week in Vandalia. He trains with the MMA team Fighttopia. Asher works with coaches Johny Conner, and MMA fighter / striking coach Erik Vondenhuevel week in and week out to be the best that he can.

”At the end of every practice, my coaches sit down with me and tell me what they liked, and the things that I can improve on,” said Asher. “I usually go home after practice and study the things my coach says to improve on, so that I’m always getting better, and learning new things about the sport, my characteristics as a fighter, and learning new things about myself.

Asher is confident in his skills as a fighter, considering he has years of experience under his belt.

“My background is wrestling, I’ve done it for 12 years; I have prior boxing and jiu jitsu experience, and I’m currently working with the best coaches to master my craft in the sport of mixed martial arts,” said Asher.

Asher spends a lot of his time studying professional fighters, using a mix of skills in his own arsenal.

“My style is a lot like Khabib, I have skill in boxing, but I have a wide variety of takedowns and throws from wrestling for so long. I try to end the fight as quick as I can, always looking for ways to finish the match,”

Asher always knows his friends and family are there watching, so he tries to make it as interesting as possible.

“When I fight, I try to put on a show for the ones who are watching,” said Asher. I try to be the best fighter that I can be, one day I aspire to be the best in the world.”

Asher has spent 0ver half of his life preparing for his moment to come; he has big goals for his future and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

“My overall goal is to be a UFC champion one day, and leave a lasting legacy on the sport,” said Asher.

With Bryce still being in his early years, it’ll be interesting to see what his next big move is on his journey to greatness.