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Q&A with Amateur MMA fighter Chris Ponting

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.

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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

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