“It will be a quick 1st round finish, or it will be a long drawn out back and forth battle” Helen’Hellraiser’Harper


British MMA athlete Helen Harper [3-0] today faces American, Cortney Casey at PXC 47 in Guam for her fourth Pro MMA fight.

The forever professional Harper, has flown thousands of miles across the world, from her home in the UK on her own, just so she can still keep on competing at top-level.

Here I get to speak with Helen (today, on the day of her fight), about her last victory, competing for PXC, up and coming female MMA athlete’s and that ONE contract she turned down!!

Helen Harper PXC 47 Profile Picture
Helen Harper PXC 47 Profile Picture

It’s been awhile since I’ve caught up with you, last time we spoke you were due to fight Simona Soukupova, which, unfortunately got cancelled due to Simona sustaining an injury, but I do believe you did manage to get another fight scheduled for a few weeks later.  Can you talk me through what that event was and how that went for you?

I did indeed get another fight, which was actually my last fight back in October. The fight was at ‘Say Uncle Fight Night’ in Sheffield, and I fought a girl from Gran Caneria called Nayra Acosta.

How did it feel to win in such a spectacular style in another TKO victory, in 4 minutes 37 seconds of the first round in that event on the evening of October 11th 2014?

I was pretty pleased with the win, obviously.  I was completely relaxed going into the cage which I think helped a lot. 

I’ve heard that in between your fights, you took part in some grappling competitions and that you had also been doing some training with Bryony Tyrell and Molly McCann.  Can you talk me through the grappling events and training with other like-minded female MMA athletes.

I have done a few grappling comps, although not as many as I would have liked as they are generally a little out my price range sadly. Training with Molly and the other girls was awesome, Molly is the next big thing in WMMA!  

Helen Harper Jiu Jitsu on the Beach Win via Armbar 2013
Helen Harper Jiu Jitsu on the Beach Win via Armbar 2013

You’re now 3-0 in your professional MMA career thus far and are set to face American Cortney ‘Cast Iron’ Casey (3-1) on Friday 13th March for your debut at Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) 47 in Guam.  How are you feeling about this new exciting challenge?

To be honest it’s all been a bit of a dream. Ever since I accepted the fight I’ve been telling people where and when it is but I don’t think I ever quite believed it would be happening. Now I’m sitting in my hotel room on fight morning and it really is!!

You’ve recently signed to PXC, can you talk me through how this came about?  Was it due to you being well-known through the Asian community, having spent 2 years at Phuket Top Team Training and living there before moving back to the UK?

I have been in contact with the guys from PXC for a while, and I would have loved to have fought for them back when I was in Phuket (it would have been a lot easier to get to then!).  I was struggling for fights so Ken (matchmaker) messaged me and offered me this fight with Courtney. I accepted the fight before knowing the opponent, although I knew who she was as soon as he said her name.

Helen Harper Weigh In PXC 47
Helen Harper Weigh In PXC 47

I also read somewhere, that you were offered a contract with Asian MMA promotion ONE? Firstly is this correct, secondly if so can you talk me through your reasoning as to why you felt it was not the right time to sign with ONE.

I was indeed offered a contract with ONE. My main problem was the lack of girls on their roster. It was an exclusive contract (meaning I could only fight for them) and at the time they only had 2 girls at 115 lbs (Ann Osman, who has now moved up to 125 lbs and Sherylin Lim who refused to make-weight and now doesn’t fight for anyone). On that basis I didn’t want to sign an exclusive 3 fight deal as I felt it would inhibit the progression of my career.

Looking back at that decision, is it something that you still stick by to this day for those reasons or is their just a tiny bit of you thinking ‘ I wonder where my career would be now, if I took that option’? 

To be honest, if the deal was the same (exclusive, 3 fight) I still wouldn’t sign. I believe unless there is a significant amount of fighters at your weight, signing an exclusive contract would not be productive. If it was non exclusive or a 1 fight deal then I would consider it.

On Friday 13th March, its fair to say that you will face your toughest challenge to date in that of  American Cortney ‘Cast Iron’ Casey at PXC 47 in Guam.  Have you managed to study any tape on Cortney, if so, have you and your team seen any holes in her overall game that you can exploit to your advantage? 

I’ve watched quite a few of Courtney’s tapes, she has a lot on YouTube. She’s very quick, and has some amazing submission transitions. Obviously I can’t give anything away on my part, but I will just say I’m more than ready for this.

Where do you feel that you will be stronger in this fight and where do you feel it may end up?

I have a feeling Courtney wants to take it to the ground, but who knows where it will end up!

Cortney has only seen the third round once and that was her second pro fight which resulted in a submission (Armbar) loss, back in October 2013, you yourself have only been to the third round once which was in your first pro MMA fight back in May 2013 for which you won.  You both have very similar styles.  Do you see this fight going all three rounds in an all out war or are we going to see a quick finish?

I can see it going one of two ways. Either it will be a quick first round finish, or it will be a long drawn out backwards and forwards battle. I’m happy with either, as long as I get my hand raised at the end of it!

Helen Harper vs Sammy Donnely at UIC
Helen Harper vs Sammy Donnelly at UIC 11

When you came back from Phuket, you made a new home at ‘ Andy Roberts BJJ’.  Can you talk me through how it feels to come back to the UK and to be accepted at a top UK Gym and also be treated like family?

Andy’s is amazing, I’ve made some friends for life there. I’ve also been training at Shinkick for Muay Thai and Urban Kings for some extra grappling. All three gyms have been nothing but supportive, kind and pushed me in the right direction. I’m very lucky to be able to train with such wonderful people.

I have to ask, your nickname ‘Hellraiser’ how did it come about?

The name Hellraiser actually started out as a bit of a joke. A friend of mine in Phuket used to shout ‘Hellraiser’ at me every time he saw me, and I didn’t even realise he was talking to me to start with. After a few weeks I started responding to it so it just stuck. When my first fight came around it made sense for it to be my nickname.

Since fight day is Friday 13th, are you superstitious at all, if so by what and what superstitions do you believe in?

I’m not really superstitious, I believe life is what you make it. Everything that seems ‘bad’ at the time usually happens for a reason (you just might not know the reason at the time). I’m all for walking under ladders with black cats, you only live once! 

Lastly, is their any sponsors or anyone you would like to Thank?

Absolutely! Firstly my sponsors: Xbrain (supplements), Battle Balm (herbal muscle relief), Str8 Cheer (sports bras) and Pony Club Grappling Gear (fight wear). Secondly the gyms I’m lucky enough to train at: Andy Roberts BJJ (Farnborough), Shinkick (Woking), Urban Kings (Kings Cross, London) and Mad Hatters (Chichester). Also, I’d like to thank each and every person that has sparred with me; gone over a bit of technique with me; pointed out a mistake of mine. Collectively you have all pointed me in the right direction! Finally, I couldn’t do any of this without the support of my insanely awesome family and my gorgeous boyfriend.  

Thank you for your time Helen, I really appreciate it.

You can watch Helen Harper take on Cortney Casey at PXC 47 today from 11.50 am UK time here.

 

Fight Order for PXC 47

Fight Order for PXC 47

You can keep up to date with Helen on her Fan page Faceback here.

Helen’s Twitter account here.

Helen’s personal webpage here.

Photo Credits: Helen Harper via her  Personal Facebook (Pics 1,2,3)

Photo Credits: Seth Bates – Ulitmate Impact 11 (Pic 4)

Chi Lewis-Parry signed to GLORY; Debut April 3rd in Dubai


Chi Lewis Parry One FC Walk Out  [Photo Credit Cheryl Tay]
Chi Lewis Parry One FC Walk Out [Photo Credit Cheryl Tay]
British athlete, Chi Lewis-Parry  has signed with GLORY and will make his debut at the upcoming GLORY 20 DUBAI event on Friday, April 3rd.

The current ONE FC heavyweight athlete, who is 4-0 inside the cage, will debut against rising Californian talent Xavier Vigney (6-1, 6 KO’s) on the GLORY Superfight Series 20 section of the card.

Chi Lewis-Parry vs Xavier Vigney
Chi Lewis-Parry vs Xavier Vigney

Lewis-Parry stands at an astounding 6ft 9inches, weighs 265 lbs which also explains why he also used to be an ex-professional Basketball Player, (click here on earlier interview), he then transitioned into K1 early 2011 and eventually MMA. The rest we say is history.

I spoke with Chi earlier today who had this to say about his new signing:

Glory World series and myself are not too dissimilar. We’re both heavyweight at what we do.

Glory is the premier promotion for K1 competition in the universe and I come to smash.  I love this shit!

GLORY 20 DUBAI and GLORY Superfight Series 20 take place on Friday, April 3 at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The former airs in the US on Spike TV at 10pm ET while the latter airs via tape-delay on the CBS Sports network on Friday April 10 at 11pm ET.

Uk viewers follow the link below:

Click here on how to watch GLORY 20 DUBAI

For the full fight card on GLORY 20 DUBAI click here.

 

 

 

 

BOXING SUPERSTAR MANNY PACQUIAO BECOMES A SHAREHOLDER IN MMA PROMOTION ONEFC


Victor Cui [CEO of OneFC] and Manny Pacquiao
Victor Cui [CEO of OneFC] and Manny Pacquiao
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has become a shareholder in Asian-based Mixed Martial Art Company One Fighting Championship, [OneFC], it has been reported earlier today.

The eight division world champion boxer, [in which he has ten world titles] already owns several gyms in Asia all equipped to offer  MMA classes and training areas, so the next step for the ‘newbie’ in the sport was to become a shareholder.

You can read here where the official story broke and all of it contents in detail.

GETTING TO KNOW ‘CHOPPER’ CHI LEWIS-PARRY [PART 2]


 

Chi Lewis Parry One FC Walk Out  [Photo Credit Cheryl Tay]
Chi Lewis Parry One FC Walk Out [Photo Credit Cheryl Tay]
Chi Lewis Parry is the first UK Heavyweight to be signed to One Fighting Championship [ONE FC] a Singapore-based mixedmartial arts [MMA] promotion, which was officially launched on 14 July 2011. It is widely recognized as the biggest MMA promotion in Asia.

OneFC Title Belt
OneFC Title Belt

Chi is an astounding 6ft 9in tall, which explains why he used to be a professional basketball player  ‘at the age of 11 I was winning titles with the London Towers. After that, I went on to be a professional player, playing for London, Guildford and Glasgow where I won three finalist trophies. Nike then created their ‘Midnight Madness’ competition where top players from around the UK were selected to play against the top teams in America. I was selected for the top 10 two years in a row traveling to Miami, Florida and Los Angeles, California. I was invited to work with NBA’s Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers, which was a huge success’.

Chi Lewis-Parry - Basketball
Chi Lewis-Parry – Basketball

Chi decided it was time to come back to the UK and that was when he decided to take up Mixed Martial Arts, starting out in K1 defeating Ian Hawkins back in 2011. Chi then had a K1 Title fight against Tomasz Czerwinski for the UCMMA K-1 Belt, which he won and for which he still holds the title to this very day. After having a prior taste of MMA [debut bout with Ollie Beard], Chi knew this was the area of the sport that he wanted to concentrate on most.

Chi Lewis-Parry vs Ollie Beard
Chi Lewis-Parry vs Ollie Beard

Fast forward to present day and having a record of 6-0 and 1NC, Chi is looking to be the UK’s first Heavyweight Champion within a big promotion. Having had an offer to train at Jackson’s MMA Gym in New Mexico, through his friendship with Alistair Overeem is something only a handful of athletes could possibly dream about ‘Alistair has opened doors for me, we talk all the time, we have a really good relationship. We talk about strategy and he gives me advice how he would approach a fight if he was competing against that opponent. He has now joined Jackson’s and that has opened the door that way for me, saying there is a place for me there – come out whenever you can get here. In addition, there is a wealth of training partners over there for me being a heavyweight with the likes of Travis Browne, Andre Arlovski and Light Heavyweight Jon Jones, you cannot do anything but learn from him. I feel I am in a very privileged position probably the best position for any UK Heavyweight has ever had with the calibre of people at my disposable to train with’.  But obviously with anything in life there is cost involved, those of us that have been around and in this sport for long enough know that the money still is not there, unfortunately. Always five steps ahead, once Chi had received the offer he put up a status on his facebook account to see if there would be any interest in helping him fund his trip to Jackson’s ‘with my first fight at OneFC not ending so well I didn’t make any money from it so the finances set me back a bit.  I’m thankful I got the second opportunity. I wasn’t just putting up the status to ask for funding or to get people to give me the money, I wasn’t going “hey mate here you go here’s some money to do what you like with it”. I think the people that I have reached out to and the people that do follow me have an interest in what I’m doing can kind of relate to it. I’m not a closed door, or unreadable book, I’m very open with everyone, I do share everything that I’m doing and I want people to relate to what I’m doing and feel a part of what I’m doing.  I work a nine-to-five job just like everyone else. The only thing that sets me apart is that I keep positive people around me which allows me to excel.  So, I want people that want to help me to get where I am going to know that I am getting there with them in mind and not just saying F**k off now, thanks for your finance’.

Chi Lewis-Parry and Alistair Overeem
Chi Lewis-Parry and Alistair Overeem

Talking of going over to Jackson’s MMA and training with top level athletes, I know having met Chi [it may only be twice] he doesn’t do ‘star struck’ he is in fact one of the most positive, humble, down to earth, approachable and very articulate people I have ever come across. I asked him how was he going to blend himself into training over at Jackson’s MMA ‘The whole camp is renowned as a very humble camp. I don’t get star struck, for me to get star struck… then I would have to think of me lesser than that man. I can appreciate and learn, it’s not a case of you’re a star and you’ve done this and I wanna be like you – no, I appreciate what you have done but I am the first me, make a little bit of room for me to come up the ranks with you and I will just learn and learn, humble as always is the best approach. I’ve never been star struck, I admire them for their talent for what they have done.  I will never go beyond that, as then it’s almost as if I am accepting they are better than I am. As arrogant as that sounds, the minute you accept that someone is better than you, then you are not going to strive to be better than them. You are going to strive to be as good as them and that is not good enough’.

The training trip itself is going to be full of experience and knowledge.  Now, that’s something you can’t just buy, it is ‘priceless!’ But it was always a vision Chi had, having set himself targets and having achieved them so far ‘ I had a strategy from the beginning and that was to take any big opportunity you get as you may not get offered it again. It was always a goal of mine to make it down to Jackson’s at some point. I just was not sure when that would be, but everything worked out as Alistair moved there, so I now have an open invite. Opportunities presented themselves.  I would be a fool not to take this opportunity to go down there and get my arse kicked on a daily basis, and I would love it, that is what I need to go through to make it to the next level. I want to know where I am in comparison with these guys, create new experiences. It’s a good way to measure my heart, my physical abilities, my mental abilities, how I can be broken as I don’t think I can be broken – training with Alistair – he has not been able to break me, he has been able to beat me up, but not break me – there is a big difference.  It’s a good way to measure where you are mentally and where you are on a skillset level. Once your mind gives up no matter how big and strong you are your body will follow’.

Chi Lewis-Parry after training with Alistair Overeem
Chi Lewis-Parry after training with Alistair Overeem

With sponsorship being a big part of an athlete’s life. Many people may not know, that the word ‘sponsorship’ falls under many brackets, it is the traditional one that Chi seeks at this moment in time – financial backing to help him pursue his goals to become the first UK Heavyweight at OneFC. ‘Financial backing is imperative in this sport, as glamorous as it can appear, there really is no money- promotions don’t really  pay top dollar  for guys that lay their reputation, their heart on the line. There is no real money behind it, until you reach a top level which I have been fortunate to reach. Money plays a part especially if you have a family, if you have to pay bills. To compete at this top level you need to be able to train whenever and where ever you want,  which I need to do, just like everyone else, and I’m sure everyone can relate, it’s hard to train, it’s hard to focus on training, to go back be a parent, husband, find time to relax, recoup, then do it all again, five to six days a week. Fortunately my partner has been picking up the slack, looking after our son, working part-time, allowing me to focus on what I’m doing at the moment.  So many fighters I know and friends of mine, close friends and acquaintances have not seen the light of success just because of finances. They could not take night of the work, they’ve had to pull out of fights. That should not happen, that should not matter when you are trying to compete at a top level. Sponsorship whether it be product placement or branding – if the finance from that allows you to compete at that level is really important in this sport,  I feel more so myself.  The UK has some fantastic Heavyweights, some fantastic talent and guys that get to compete abroad they’re doing great things’. Chi is still working a day job in Security Management, whilst maintaining to all his training needs to compete among the best at OneFC.

Chi started the ball rolling himself, he contacted Alistair Overeem from the beginning and asked if he could do some sparring and then built up great relationships, ‘I already had a list,  I always try, I will give anything a go. It’s just the finance stopping me –  with finance I can pursue opportunities, grab the bull by the horns. My aim is to be the first British Heavyweight to hold a world title, recognised World Title.  I can do that 100% and be the first Heavyweight OneFC champ. I want to open doors for people. With that title, with that acknowledgment, I can help people, I can open doors for people where people didn’t open doors for me. It’s all about helping and I can spot talent. If  all they need is  backing,  I will sponsor them if I had the money. I’m hoping someone will do that for me. My long term goal – I want to be the champion. I don’t care about being the champion if I can just make a big difference. It’s not the be all or end all if I’m not with the notoriety. I gain from just competing for a title which  can  open doors.   I was never given anything for free as a person. I was always asking for something – I asked LA Lakers if I could try out for them, I spent my money as I had that much belief, I want to be that middle man, be a mentor, that would make me happy’.

We got to briefly see Chi make his debut for OneFc on May 30th against Alain Ngalani which unfortunately resulted in a No Contest due to an accidently groin shot. To say it must have been a disappointing way for the fight to end is an understatement ‘having studied the Heavyweight division beforehand, I just knew a long time before that fight was announced, I would be facing Ngalani, so I got what I expected. It was all the preparation that went along with that bout. It’s not just turn up to the gym, do weights, sprints, cardio, drills. There is a lot of big mental preparation to go with it. I spent every day, thinking about this guy. Every way I can win, lose. Everyway the fight can go in my favour. Every way the fight can go against me. I visualize these things. I’m quite thorough. I visualize right up until the feeling of the mat under my feet for the first time, to the energy of the crowd and the referee checking my body parts for any objects. Checking my shorts, making sure nothing is foreign to me when I get in there and everything goes to plan when I get in there – for it to stop in that way in a fight that was only 40 seconds, he was obviously hurt. I was very disappointed’. Although the outcome of the fight was not the way anyone would have expected it, Chi, being the positive person he is, loved every bit of his first experience ‘The show they put on in Asia is so different. Asia is built on respect, the show was put together superbly, it was a great show.   I think I would find it hard to compete on a promotion like that, it was a proper show coming out with pyrotechnics and I was third on in the night, the experience was great, the atmosphere was great it made up for the disappointment and the Singaporean fans are great.  Knowing now what to expect from a big promotion and having the debut fight regardless of the outcome out of the way ‘I will enjoy the next one more, I will enjoy the show more, I know what to expect for the promotion side of things and 12,000 people appreciated, respected both athletes in every bout in the arena – it was just amazing’.

With OneFC just building up their Heavyweight Division, you can most probably count on a few athletes competing with each other a few times. Chi is respectful and not one to ‘call-out’ fellow athletes, other than for their achievements. ‘Tim Sylvia and James McSweeny”  Are the two that are high on Chi’s top achievement list, whom he would like a Match-Up with next, but having said that Brandon Vera has just signed to OneFC so I’m pretty sure that is a third name to be added to the mix also.  ‘McSweeny is a very good Kickboxer and striker and has a good ground game and I actually really like him. It’s about testing myself against someone who is a more decorated striker than I am having won domestic Muay Thai  titles. If you want to say I’m calling you out then say I’m calling you out but it’s not a disrespecting thing and don’t make it personal’.

I am a Humble guy, I compete, I don’t fight, I am here to entertain as much as I am to win

Competing is when two athletes come head to head and try to see who has the better skills, I don’t dislike any of the guys I’m fighting, I like to compete. I have no animosity towards them, I’m not angry, which is probably why I’m so calm when you see me compete. I’m composed and calm leading up to it. There are no real nerves, there’s just a switch I’m able to turn on and there you go – right I got to compete now. Some guys have to hate you in order to compete against you – I don’t get that’.

Being away from his family is a big sacrifice for Chi. Some say, it comes with the ‘job’, but Chi is known for being a family man first and foremost. Being a parent in this sport is one of the hardest things any athlete can go through, especially when they have moved across to the United States ‘The longest I have spent away from my little boy is a week. He was 6months old then. He is 18 months old now. It’s been two months since I’ve seen him. I miss seeing his progress, and it’s hard to explain to people who don’t have children how it feels. Funding all my training myself has taken a bit hit with the outcome of my first fight with Ngalani as the plan was to train for the fight  in the States, in Holland and here [in the UK], go compete then go and join my family and chill out until I was called back up for OneFC.  But obviously with the no contest my finances took a big hit and I’ve had to stay here in the UK, which has made things a lot harder in not seeing my family, especially my 18 month-old son, who now runs of with the phone when I’m Skyping and you can see he wants to talk, but he’s looking at the screen thinking why are you not here. Me and my partner talk all the time but, my little man…. It’s so hard’.

Chi’s partner, Michelle has set up an Etsy shop, where you can purchase Official ‘Chopper’  Chi Lewis-Parry’ Items on-line, where all proceeds will go to help fund Chi make the once in a lifetime trip to train at Jackson’s MMA in New Mexico to futher his amibitions of becomming the UK’s first heavyweight to hold a reconginised World Title Belt.

'Chopper' Chi Lewis- Parry Merchandise https://www.etsy.com/people/chopperchi
‘Chopper’ Chi Lewis- Parry Merchandise https://www.etsy.com/people/chopperchi

Check out the whole range here: https://www.etsy.com/people/chopperchi

Keep up to date on all of Chi’s activities, click on his own website page where there is also a link if you would like to ‘donate’ to help fund some of Chi’s trip to Jackson’s MMA in New Mexico.

Website Link: : www.chilewisparry.co.uk 

Twitter : twitter.com/ThebossmanCLP

Facebook : www.facebook.com/chi.lewisparry

Chi would like to thank the following people:

 

Everyone who has taken an interest in me, everyone who has actively supported me, my partner and my little boy, my mum, Pete Mercer, Danny Brennan, Ollie Beard and Mogul Mangement. 

Read the first part of this interview here : fiveroundswithemma.com/2014/07/14/chopper-chi-lewis-parry-talks-alain-ngalani-part-1/

 

 

 

‘CHOPPER’ CHI LEWIS-PARRY TALKS ALAIN NGALANI [PART 1]


 

OneFC Title Belt
OneFC Title Belt

On July 11th we got to see Chi Lewis-Parry makes his second apperance for promotion ONEFC. He was tasked with his original opponent ‘Alain Ngalani‘ in a Re-Match after his first bout for the promotion on May 30th ended in a No Contest, after an accidental Low Blow.

I managed to get some time with Chi before this bout, where we discussed many things, one being, The Re-Match.

Chi Lewis-Parry v Alain Ngalani - Face Off
Chi Lewis-Parry v Alain Ngalani – Face Off

Here you can read Part 1 of that interview :

On July 11th we get to see the re-match of Chi and Alain Ngalani in Taipe, Taiwan.

How are you feeling knowing you have the re-match with Ngalani

I wasn’t sure I was going to get the re-match straight away. I thought I might have had to fight someone else before him, but I’m glad I’ve got it, it’s happening, it is still fresh. He is still in there in the air I breathe and I still haven’t got that monkey off my back so to speak.  I need to put this one to bed so I can move on’.

And obviously only sharing the octagon for only 40 seconds with Ngalani in his first meeting. I asked what if anything did he learn about Ngalani

‘I noticed he was very strong, has a very orthodox clinch move’

And will he change any of his game plan going into this re-match at all

‘make sure my knee hits above the belt! He doesn’t know what I’m coming with, I’m still an unknown entity’.

How do you go about preparing for an athlete of Ngalani’s calibre 

you cannot find people like him every single day, he is unique, you can’t find people built like him or move like him, he’s a unique human being, that’s if you can call him human. He looks fantastic, he’s supple, he kicks hard. He is 39. He’s peaking as he gets older, you can’t really emulate him, you can drill something a 1000 times, but when you get to fight, it doesn’t happen. I know what he likes to throw, I know it’s about reading him, I know when he likes to throw it , it is about reading him before he likes to throw it, I picked it up from Alistair, I’m sure Ngalani does not hit as hard as Alistair, I take comfort in knowing I can take a kicking from Alistair’.

Both of you have not gone past the first round in any of your fights [bar your debut MMA fight with Ollie Beard], we were expecting fireworks the first time and got to example a tiny fraction of that, what ‘explosions’ are we going to see this time round

‘I’m not a jump from the gate and start sprinting guy, I’m more composed.  I don’t really have a formula  but quouting conor mcgregor  “it’s a fight what happens happens” it’s a sport, I can work mount escapes for six months and get into the fight and get nothing, work everything, play towards making his strengths his weakness and see how it goes’.

‘You don’t get to predict how the wave is going how to crash when you’re riding it,  you just have to ride it and see how it happens’ 

Being the humble athlete Chi is he does not make predications but he did leave me with this:

I will guarantee a tremendous performance from both of us, one warrior will win, one warrior will lose, both of us will leave as friends’.

Chi Lewis-Parry - Weigh-In
Chi Lewis-Parry – Weigh-In 243 lbs

Thursday July 10th

Chi weighed in at 243 lbs and Alain Ngalani  weighing-in at 231 lbs, everything was now set for Friday’s Main Card action.

Friday July 11th

As the actual event started, Lewis-Parry was getting the better of Ngalani in the stand up and striking. Ngalani went for the takedown by way of  a Judo trip,then gained  full mount against the side of the cage.  From top position, Ngalani hit Lewis-Parry with a series of elbows but that did not seem to faze Lewis-Parry, he returned his own shots, this time, three thunderous bodyshots to Ngalani. With a little bit of a ‘stale mate’ Lewis-Parry then quickly sweeps in an reversal. In side control, Parry struck Ngalani with vicious elbows to the head and followed that up with a couple more, knocking out Ngalani at the 4 minute 11 second mark of the first round.

WINNER VIA KO CHI LEWIS-PARRY [4MIN 11SECS Round 1]

You can catch the onslaught of Lewis-Parry’s vicious elbows here, courtesy of Zombie Prophet :

http://gfycat.com/JealousImaginativeEmperorshrimp

 

Chi Lewis-Parry is now 6-0 and has finished every oppenent in the first round. 

You can follow Chi on Twitter : https://twitter.com/ThebossmanCLP

On Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/chi.lewisparry?fref=ts

On his Website : http://chilewisparry.co.uk/

You can also support ‘Chopper’ Chi Lewis-Parry  in his clothing range here: https://www.etsy.com/people/chopperchi

Chi would like to thank the following people: Absolutely everyone on my Facebook who has taken an interest in me, everyone who has actively supporteted me, my partner and my boy, my mum, Pete Mercer, Danny Brennan, Ollie Beard and Mogul Management.

Check back for Part 2, where Chi talks about his Goals, Aspirations, who he would like as his next opponent, his invitation to train at Jackson’s MMA, his friendship with Alistair Overeem and much more.

Photo Credits: OneFC/ Danny Brennan