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Raush Manfio credits his wife for convincing him not to give up competing in MMA.
Raush Manfio’s story to success in PFL is one of true grit and determination. After back-to-back wins during the 2021 PFL regular season, Manfio has gone from a relative unknown to a name to watch in the lightweight division going forward.
Following an up-and-down tenure in Titan FC, Manfio approached a mid-life crisis in his career. He hadn’t had a ton of success on a championship level in the promotion, and his motivation to continue MMA had greatly diminished.
Manfio then took nearly three years away from the sport he grew up loving, despite still training at American Top Team and teaching classes. Remarkably, his wife was the one who pushed him the most to get back in the cage and compete to become one of the best in the world once again.
“I remembered after two years I was thinking about quitting,” Manfio told FanSided’s Amy Kaplan in Florida during the PFL press junket. “But, I was training because I love it. I started giving classes but the person who didn’t let me quit competing was my wife. The reason I’m here today is because of her. I could’ve gotten another career, but she didn’t let me quit.”
“I thank God I didn’t quit, for me, it’s so special.”
Raush Manfio has a chance to complete a storybook ending in the PFL Playoffs
Manfio’s 2021 wins over Anthony Pettis and Joilton Lutterbach catapulted him to a spot in the PFL Playoffs in just his first season with the league. He’ll face a tough test in the semifinals against Clay Collard, a bruising striker who dominated Pettis in the season opener.
Manfio’s bounceback year has set him up for a potential championship run in the playoffs, and all eyes will be on him when he takes on Collard in Florida on Aug. 13.
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