What’s up fight fans. Today I had the chance to catch up with Chris “Kid Dynamite” Dunn. Chris will be fighting for the AFC featherweight belt on March 31. I would also like to thank Chris for his current service in the United States Army. Let’s take a seat with Chris and see what’s going on with him.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Chris: It is the ultimate display of self respect and discipline.
Nick: At what age did you begin your training in martial arts?
Chris: I wrestled in high school and boxed shortly after leaving high school. Once I entered the military I began to train and teach combat sports which led me to MMA.
Nick: What belts do you have and in what disciplines?
Chris: Blue Belt in BJJ.
Nick: You have wins coming via submission and KO/TKO with an 87% finish rate. Do you prefer to keep the fight on your feet or take it to the ground?
Chris: Even though I am comfortable wherever the fight goes. I like to stand in there and strike. I mainly use my Jiu Jitsu to get up to start striking again.
Nick: What would you say your biggest strengths are?
Chris: Hands down has to be my cardio and conditioning. I have always had an advantage fighting at 135 or 145. The better my cardio is the better my technique is.
Nick: Do you feel that you represent the next generation of fighter in some ways? Do you feel any pressure to represent that next generation?
Chris: I completely think I represent the next generation of fighter. Two of my losses came from high level athletes. I have been all over the country to fight. I used to feel pressure to perform but once I built up confidence it is no longer there. I believe in myself and perform as such.
Nick: What methods of cutting weight do you use? How much weight do you usually have to cut before a fight? Do you feel the weight cut has a major impact on your strength before a fight?
Chris: I don’t really have a secret. I am already a health nut as it is. I always eat pretty good and stay lean year round with a clean diet. I control my water intake but that is not a secret. When I’m fighting 145 pounds I am 13-15 pounds over when I start training camp. When I fight 135 pounds I usually cut 20 pounds. I don’t feel that I lose much strength but I feel stronger obviously fighting at 145 pounds.
Nick: You have the nickname Kid Dynamite, who gave you that name? Why?
Chris: My first coach Chuck Wells gave it to me. I had a flashy TKO and he told me we need to call you Kid Dynamite. It has stuck ever since then.
Nick: Since you have made this journey what advice can you give to new fighters wanting to make this a career?
Chris: I would tell them to have focus and determination. You have to know why you are doing this and do it for the love of the sport.
Nick: You will be facing a tough opponent in Will Shutt on March 31 for the AFC featherweight belt. Do you have a prediction for the fight?
Chris: I sure do. I will win via TKO in the first or second round. I will set the pace and keep going until I win.
Nick: Chris have you submitted to the takeover?
Chris: This is Chris “Kid Dynamite” Dunn and I have submitted to the takeover.
Chris would like to thank everyone who has supported him along the way. His trainers, fight camp, friends, fans, and family.
Chris was a great guy to talk to. I would like to thank him again for his service to the country and wish him well in his upcoming title fight. This is Nick Portella signing off for themmatakeover.com.