On February 21 Irishman Chris Fields will make his debut in the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts when he takes on Frenchman and fellow debutant Cheick Kone at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on the main card of BAMMA 18.
Chris ‘The Killing’ Fields (10-5-1) recently spoke exclusively with Roberto Reid of MMAPLUS for an up coming episode of the MMAPLUS Podcast. Fields recalled the surreal discomfort he experienced as a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter Season 19, discussed the controversy of his nickname, and explained his reasons for signing with BAMMA rather than an alternative American promotion, or Cage Warriors where he previously held the CWFC middleweight championship, plus much more.
Regarded as the top British or Irish middleweight outside of the UFC, Fields had an instant goal in mind upon joining the BAMMA ranks, and feels a shot at the BAMMA world title is already overdue, however it won’t be long before he’s granted the opportunity.
“I actually think this fight between me and Cheick should be for the world title,” Fields explained. “But after I smash him I’m gonna be screaming for a world title, they’re not going to be able to refuse it, it’ll be that type of performance.”
The BAMMA world middleweight title currently remains vacant since former champion Scott Askham left to join the UFC in June last year.
31-year-old Fields is the first notable fighter to join BAMMA from the renown SBG Ireland gym following the two appearances of Gunnar Nelson at BAMMA 2 & 4 in 2010. The Dublin native estimates that he is just the first of a wave of his countryman who will soon invade the UK’s top promotion.
“What we do is one guy gets on the show, and then we just infiltrate – take over. You’re gonna be seeing a lot more Irish guys on BAMMA soon enough.”
The next episode of the MMAPLUS Podcast featuring Chris Fields will be available on Monday, February 16.
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