By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans? Today I had the chance to sit down with amateur MMA fighter Chris Ponting. Chris will be stepping into the cage May 20 at FSF: New Beginning inaugural event. Let’s have a seat and talk with Chris before his next step towards the pro arrives.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Chris: What it means to me to be a fighter is to be a superhero to kids, and to be a positive role model for the next generations. Also, to prove that as long as you try that all of your dreams can and will come true.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Chris: I began training at the age of 5 with freestyle wrestling.
Nick: With an amateur record of 5-2 and your eighth fight approaching when do you plan on having your pro debut?
Chris: Depending on how these next few fights go, the earliest I would think about making my pro debut would be my birthday on October 19th or march of next year.
Nick: What camp do you train out of? How long have you been with them?
Chris: I train with Team Lights Out and I have been with them for two years now.
Nick: What would you say your biggest strengths are inside the cage?
Chris: I would have to say that one of my biggest strengths would be my knees.
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 use pretty basic weight cutting techniques such as proper diet, steady exercise, sweat suits, and saunas. I cut anywhere from 5-10 pounds for a fight and I don’t feel like the weight cut affects my strength before a fight.
Nick: Since you are currently making the journey to becoming a professional fighter what advice could you give to new fighters wanting to make this a career?
Chris: Be prepared to make sacrifices and keep your chin up! It’s a tough sport and your body has to be ready so keep training but make sure you’re training smart!
Nick: Who is your favorite MMA fighter past or present?
Chris: My favorite fighter would be none other than the Green Power Ranger…Jason David Frank!!
Nick: If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be? Why?
Chris: My dream fight would be with Bruce Lee. Why I would fight him is because I feel and know that it would be the greatest learning experience of my life.
It appears that Chris is humble and ready to get into the cage. I wish him all the best in his career. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA