In 2012, a championship belt at the amateur level brought Steven “The Gremlin” Gruber (6-3) and MMAGOLD, a fight team fortressed in El Dorado Hills, California, together. Four years later, on November 5, 2016, Gruber contends for the vacant West Coast Fighting Championship (WFC) Flyweight Title versus Jeremy Murphy (3-3) when NorCal Fight Series (NCFS) and WFC join forces and display a show packed with amateur and professional mixed martial artists.
On the heels of a spectacular second round stoppage at Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) 42, the twenty-six year old stream of steady positivity will soon report back to Urban Sprawl Fitness, MMAGOLD’s headquarters, to begin preparations for his feature in the co-main event slot at NCFS/WFC. Though Gruber’s victory over Shai Lindsey on the main card at RFA 42 will live forever in the reels of AXS TV’s highlights, he’d be much happier with a ten-pound WFC keepsake to add to his 125-pound frame.
Murphy, the Bay Area native, was victorious in his own backyard at Conquer Fighting Championships 2 in Richmond, California, and he is eager to rush to Rancho Cordova’s Metro City Soccer Complex, a bit inland from his home turf at AKA (American Kickboxing Academy), to claim WFC’s flyweight strap.
The co-main event at NCFS/WFC on November 5th will be Gruber’s opportunity to grasp regional MMA gold and subtract another step between him and his ultimate goal: become one of the greatest flyweights in the world.