- The King of The Cage returns to Lake of the Torches Saturday night.
Two mixed martial arts athletes from Lac Du Flambeau will enter the cage.
"During fight season, it's usually wake up, off to work. Work an eight-hour day. Get off work, change; grab my gear bag, here," said professional athlete Frank "Nightmare" Schuman.
Schuman is a Lac Du Flambeau police officer by day and a welterweight MMA athlete by night. He won a contract with King of the Cage at the World Amateurs in 2013. He will fight Bill Finn this weekend.
"I'm undefeated. I would like to stay undefeated as long as possible," Schuman sad. "Me and Bill are friends but we understand this is a career. This is a job. I'm gonna go into this fight like I do every other fight. Go in there and finish. Get the win."
Schuman's longest career fight lasted only 43 seconds. Schuman's coach, Gary Engels, is his role model. Engels helped Schuman become well rounded. Engels says Schuman is the role model. The only professional athlete at Leadership Academy pushes others around him to work harder.
"He's the leader of the team," Engels said. "He sets the bar high. He sets the standard for these guys."
Schuman won't be the only Leadership Academy athlete at King of the Cage.
Lightweight amateur Adrian Pierson will return to the cage for the first time in two years.
"There's kind of a lot of hype around it, and I would like to think I am the fan favorite being from Flambeau," said Pierson. "And I always put on exciting fights."
"His work ethic is there, and, I didn't have to teach that," Engels said of Pierson. "He came in and he works hard. He's got a motor on him. That's very difficult to teach."
At Leadership Academy, the athletes learn a variety of martial arts, including jiu jitsu.
"We use martial arts primarily as a vehicle to teach leadership skills: discipline, focus, confidence, respect," said Engels. "Competition is a good way to test yourself against somebody else who's in a similar place as you."
"I like being backed into the corner," Schuman said. "It makes me fight harder, fight smarter, and fight stronger."
Schuman and Pierson hope they can keep up that fight this weekend.
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|Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua