By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans. Today I will be sitting down with Chris Stanton ahead of his pro debut at Strike Off 9. Let’s sit down with Chris and find out a little more about him.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Chris: It’s a way to test my skills. I’m a competitor. I love to compete. I love martial arts so MMA is just something I feel I should be doing.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Chris: As far back as I can remember. My dad was in martial arts and he taught me. I don’t remember a time in my life where I couldn’t kick someone in the face a variety of different ways. It’s just always been in me.
Nick: With your professional debut coming up quick what was your amateur record?
Chris: Officially I’m 4-1(3 ko’s) but I fought in VA’s wild west. Unsanctioned days back in 2007-2008, so my actual record is 8-1(6 ko’s) (1 NC).
Nick: What camp do you fight out of? How long have you been with them?
Chris: Tactical Combat Academy in Greencastle, PA under head coach Josh Hummer. I’ve been there for about 2.5 years.
Nick: What would you say your biggest strengths are, and what’s the thing you need to work on the most?
Chris: My strengths are my stand up, punching power, striking variety, and clinch game, coupled with my athleticism. Though it has improved vastly, I still need work on my overall ground game. Particularly from my back.
Nick: What’s your favorite strike/submission to use in any fight?
Chris: The one that wins me the fight.
Nick: With cutting weight and fighter safety always being a priority. What methods of cutting weight do you use? How much weight do you usually have to cut before a fight?
Chris: I’m a heavyweight, I don’t cut weight thank God. I do try to eat right.
Nick: Although your professional debut is on the way is it a career goal to land a contract in the UFC, Bellator, or WSOF?
Chris: Yes, but I think I may be to old for the UFC. I feel I could make a splash in Bellator or WSOF, especially with the demand for Heavyweights right now. It’s all about timing.
Nick: Most fighters at some point are branded with a nickname. Do you have one currently? If so what is it? Who gave it to you?
Chris: My nickname is “The Hitman”. I actually got it from playing semi-pro football. I had a reputation for hitting people really hard, and because of my heavy punches and kicks it just translated to fighting so I kept it.
Nick: With the USADA tightening up on fighters with pre fight testing and several suspension being handed out, how do you feel about fighters getting banned for non controlled substances?
Chris: I feel there should of course be bans for PED’s and controlled substances. Everything else should be taken on a case by case basis. Though I feel very strongly that Marijuana should be removed from any penalty list.
Nick: Since you have made this journey what advice can you give to new fighters wanting to make this a career?
Chris: Make sure you find the right fit for you as far as what gym you train at. Promote yourself and put yourself out there. Work extremely hard, listen to your coaches, and most importantly take great care of your bodies.
Nick: Who is your favorite MMA fighter past or present?
Chris: I have several, but old school Marco Ruas because he was the first guy in the UFC to show real mixed martial arts ability. Today, in spite of his issues John Jones, Demetrious Johnson, and of course the GOAT Anderson Silva.
Nick: If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be? Why?
Chris: My dream fight would be with OSP. I could avenge my only amateur loss.
I want to wish Chris the best of luck in his fight. It sounds to me like he is ready for war. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA