Pictured left is Jeremy Stopa, a Corrections Officer at Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Brocton, signing his contract with King of the Cage to officially make him a professional fighter. Stopa, who lives in the Chautauqua Lake school district, has had a long journey to becoming a professional MMA fighter, but all his work has finally paid off. He was a state runner-up in wrestling at Newfane High School and was named an All-American in 2004. Stopa continued his wrestling career at Niagara County Community College, where he was a two-time conference champion and qualified for the national tournament each time. “I’ve always been a winner,” said Stopa. “From my high school career as a Section VI champ to my college career … I’ve always known this is what I do.” Next up for Stopa, he will be taking on Juan Roman from North Carolina on Sept. 15 in his first fight as a professional. Above, Stopa celebrates a victory earlier in his amateur career.