MMA Latest spoke to Chi Lewis-Parry about his BAMMA debut against Maurice Jackson, the recent Jon Jones situation and his relationship with Glory Kickboxing.
After a year from the kickboxing ring, and three years away from the cage, Chi Lewis-Parry will return to competition to face Maurice “The Gorilla” Jackson in the main event of BAMMA 31, and the vacant Lonsdale heavyweight title is on the line.
Q: You had two scheduled fights in Glory against Hesdy Gerges that were both cancelled. One due to injury, the other due to glove complications, what happened here?
What people don’t see is the bulls*it that goes on behind the scenes. The gloves they gave me didn’t fit, so they went to the kiosk stand where they sell the gloves and tried to get me gloves with velcro in them, all this unprofessional bullshit. Glory tried to cover it up saying I was sick, even though they were showing me live warming up with hand wraps on.
They tried to make me fight in 18 oz gloves and Hesdy in 10 oz gloves. They tried to threaten me and said if the fight doesn’t happen I wouldn’t get paid, like I’m some sort of amateur fighter that doesn’t know anything about my contract and I said well I will get paid because it’s your fuck up.
Q: Would it be fair to say your future is with BAMMA? Any plans on going back to GLORY to settle the rivalry between you and Hesdy?
Absolutely not. There’s a lot more to the story on a personal level that I couldn’t forgive Glory for, so they can go f*ck themselves. Some guys at Glory are amazing, but there’s other guys that manipulate you, and they’re the guys I don’t like, because those guys have powerful positions within the company as long as they’re there I can have nothing to do with them.
— Chi Lewis-Parry (@RealChopperChi) September 8, 2017
Q: As Maurice is very similar to you, does much preparation go into looking at his game during your camp, or is it mostly focused on being the best version of yourself on the night?
Good question. It’s kind of like I’m fighting myself in the mirror because he’s also very long, but I know I’m the better athlete for sure. I don’t see him being able to withstand any onslaught from me. I’m too dexterous for him, and there’s nothing that he can present with me that will make me second guess anything.
Q: Your friend/training partner Daniel Cormier recently lost in a rematch to Jon Jones, but since then he’s tested positive for an anabolic steroid. Does this now increase your hatred of the man many consider the GOAT in MMA.
I never hated the guy, I just very much dislike him, he is a scumbag. In the lead up to a his last fight he was inboxing me at crazy hours in the morning trying to convince me that he is the man. What are you addressing me for? You’re the superstar, why are you worried about me? The fact that he got caught using shows his lack of confidence, he’s a very insecure and disillusioned individual.
Chi Lewis-Parry in fantastic physical shape prior to facing Yongsu Park at Glory 20 in 2015. He won the fight by KO in just 25 seconds.
Q: I’ve seen you’ve worked a bit with David Haye for this camp. As he’s a presenter for BAMMA was he any influence in enticing you to come over and make your debut for the promotion?
No, he wasn’t any influence. When I was at BAMMA 29 in Birmingham, the environment was nice and I thought, what if I took a fight here? We danced at the idea, met in Dublin and it just seem like the right thing to do, London’s perfect because it’s my hometown also.
Q: Your last 5 fights in MMA have 1st round finishes, are you predicting the same at BAMMA 31, how do you become the new Lonsdale heavyweight champion on September 15th?
I see it being a finish for sure, and I see it being early. I don’t want it to be too early, I want to enjoy being in there, because it’s been so long! I’m definitely going to put it on the boy and 100% going to be the champ.
Exclusive: Alex Lohore “Didn’t Know” Who Richard Kiely Was Before BAMMA 32 Booking
We spoke to the recently crowned BAMMA welterweight champion Alex Lohore, as he prepares to defend his title against Richard Kiely at BAMMA 32 in Dublin.
Lohore (13-1) won the vacant BAMMA welterweight title last month at BAMMA 31 in London. Fighting his longtime rival Nathan Jones on the night, Lohore knocked out “Mr Bag & Tag” with a knee in the first round.
Q: Obviously the rivalry between you and Jones had been going on for years, but you finished it in brutal fashion. Did you to speak to him after the fight?
Yeah I did have a chat with him. I was telling him that it was a great fight and we should train together sometime, but he was he wasn’t really keen on it. I guess he was still a bit sore about the defeat.
Q: In the cage after your win, you called out Richard Kiely, now you’re fighting him. Are you happy you got the opponent you asked for?
Everyone keeps saying I called him out, I didn’t call him out, he called me out! I didn’t even address his name, I said ‘this Irish kid has been running his mouth we’re going to go out there and shut him up.’ I didn’t even know who he was. He’s been mentioning my name and talking a lot of rubbish on my social media disturbing me and my fans.
Q: The finish against Jones was picture perfect. From the elbow, to the right hand, to the knee, was it the best of your career?
Yeah I think it is, by far! It was perfect technique. I knew as he was going he back he would try to duck in for the takedown. Because I was throwing the head kick anyway all I needed to do was just switch it to a knee. I couldn’t ask for any better.
— BAMMA (@BAMMA) September 15, 2017
Q: Given it’s in Dublin and Richard is Irish, How do you feel about going into enemy territory at BAMMA 32?
That’s great, that’s why I’m doing it! I need to be comfortable in every environment, so going out there will test. I wanted to be on the Dublin card, now I can teach him a little lesson too, I can’t wait.
Q: As you know the Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers has brought a lot of attention to BAMMA recently, what are your thoughts on him?
He’s good man. For someone who doesn’t come from a fighting background and does reality TV stuff, he’s doing good. How can people say he should fight someone more experienced, because he is taking guys that are on his level and he’s doing good.
He’s helping MMA fighters because he has got a big following so more people are going to be watching MMA and learning about MMA so it’s a good thing having him on board.
Opponent announced in the next few weeks
The team has asked Bamma for an opponent with pro wins
— Aaron Chalmers (@AaronCGShore) October 6, 2017
BAMMA32 will take place at the 3Arena in Dublin on November 10th. Tickets are now on sale at ticketmaster.ie. The card will air live on both UNILAD’s Facebook page, and Dave.
BAMMA 31: Alex Lohore Knocks Out Nathan Jones with a Knee
In the main event of BAMMA 31, Alex Lohore knocked out Nathan Jones with a vicious knee to become the new BAMMA welterweight champion.
Jones (11-6) returned to BAMMA after fighting at Bellator 179 in May, where he submitted Umer Kayani in the first round. It was his first title fight under the promotion, as he stepped into the BAMMA cage for the sixth time in his professional career.
The self-proclaimed “future of French MMA” Lohore (13-1) was riding a 9-fight winning streak as he made his BAMMA debut on the night. Like Jones, “Da Kid” last fought at Bellator 179 stopping Dan Vinni, who was scheduled to face Walter Gahadza tonight, but the fight was cancelled.
Lohore backed up Jones to the fence and landed some good knees to the midsection. It was evident pre-fight animosity was carried into the cage as both men swung with bad intentions in the first. Jones secured a takedown and looked to wrap up a guillotine choke but Lohore defended well.
After Jones and Lohore broke from a clinching position, Lohore landed a beautiful step-in knee and sent Jones crashing to the canvas unconscious.
— MMA Latest (@MMALatestNws) September 15, 2017
Official Result: Alex Lohore def. Nathan Jones via KO (Knee) Round One 4:13
BAMMA 31: Aaron Chalmers Wins by Knockout in 30 Seconds
In the second fight of his career, Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers knocked out Alex Thompson in just 30-seconds at BAMMA 31.
Chalmers (2-0) made his pro debut back in April at BAMMA 29, when he submitted Greg Jenkins in the first round. “The Joker” had spent his training camp at UTC in Birmingham for this fight, alongside the likes of Yannick Bahati and UFC welterweight Leon Edwards.
Thompson (0-1) had previously fought at BAMMA before facing Chalmers, but on the amateur circuit. Making his pro MMA debut on the night, “The Iron Born” was riding a 4-fight losing streak coming into BAMMA 31, and had taken almost a full year away from the cage.
As the round opened up, Chalmers and Thompson began to exchange on the feet. A left uppercut from “The Joker” had already knocked Thompson out on the feet, and as he was falling to the canvas Chalmers landed a right hand to finish the job.
— MMA Latest (@MMALatestNws) September 15, 2017
Official Result: Aaron Chalmers def. Alex Thompson via KO (Uppercut) Round One: 0:30
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