From fighting kids on the block to local fighters in the SCL cage, Michael Stack has become the latest prospect to come out of Trials MMA in Ft. Collins, Colorado.
Before transitioning to combat sports, Stack was a frat boy and finance major at Colorado State who joined DECA to chase after girls. Even though his love for finance and business grew, Stack’s ambitions to fight were just as strong.
Because street fights don’t count towards your record, Stack began wrestling at a young age. The fire continued to burn watching Jon Jones’ rise in mixed martial arts, and eventually, Michael knew he would stay in Ft. Collins after graduation, training at Trials MMA to pursue his dreams of becoming a prizefighter.
“Fighting is about being the best you can. Understand sometimes it’s a dog fight and it’s gonna be hard, but you can overcome it. Fighting is life.”
At the age of 24, Stack has a mindset like no other and a perspective on reality that many do not develop in a lifetime. One of the reasons for competing stems from the belief that Michael, “didn’t want to make someone else’s dreams come true,” so working a regular 9-5 was never an option. The other reason is simple, he has a genuine love for fighting.
Although 2-0 as a professional, Stack’s self-belief is unmatched. Not only does he believe he can compete in the UFC today, he plans to get signed in the next two years and hopes to hold a world championship by the age of 28. Four years isn’t far away, but the lightweight prospect knows that if he believes it, it’s going to come true.
On his pursuit to becoming the best in the world, Michael is also realistic with himself and knows that fighting is temporary. Until that time comes, he is ready to make a run towards a contract with the UFC and continue making a name for himself in the fight game. “I got a lot of work to do,” said Stack. “I don’t care how I get there. I just know I gotta get there.”
With the support of his family, the backing of supporters, and the magic of promoters on the local scene, Michael Stack is a name you’ll continue to hear rising the ranks at both lightweight and featherweight.
Listen to our full interview with Michael Stack on The Scrap’s official SoundCloud: