Combat Vision MMA spoke to Chris Duncan after he became the amateur On Top Promotions lightweight champion on Saturday evening at On Top “Toe 2 Toe”. Chris defeated his opponent Andy Nunn via TKO in round 1. Chris is now on a six-fight winning streak and is a title champion with three promotions in Scotland: Forza MMA, Headhunters FC and On Top Promotions.
Thank you for taking the time to speak to Combat Vision MMA, Chris. Congratulations on becoming On Top Promotions lightweight champion. How did it feel to get your hand raised and the title around your waist
“When getting the win after an MMA bout it is the best feeling I have ever had in my whole life”
You have now the champion of three promotions inside Scotland. Two in lightweight and one in welterweight. How do you summarize the journey so far with your amateur career.
“The belts are great. But, the journey has been far greater. I feel I have developed more as a fighter in the last year and I am looking forward to fighting again”
How much has training with team MXP been to developing you to not only a competitive fighter but evolving you into a championship fighter.
“Training at MXP has been a massive part of my life. Without MXP I would not be who I am today and it is such a young gym at the moment. But, it will soon be up there with the best gyms in the country”
What has been the biggest change in you since you became a fighter and what spiritually drives you each time you enter the cage.
“The biggest thing that keeps me driven as a fighter is my mother. She passed away the morning of my weigh-ins for my first ever MMA fight. I still fought the following day at SFC and I won by TKO. My mother would have told me to fight, she always said I was a fighter. I now carry a chain with her wedding ring and her fingerprint on it every time I enter the cage. It is very special to me and I will not go into the cage without it to give me strength”
2017 has provided you with two championship titles. How have you met the physical demands of consistently being in championship mode for the full year.
“The belts are great. But, the journey has been far greater. I feel I have developed more as a fighter in the last year. I am looking forward to fighting again”
Your opponent Kieran Conner had to be replaced on fight morning due to a serious family emergency. Was there any change in your mindset when this was all unraveling or were you so driven to become the champion that you didn’t care who replacement was.
“To have an opponent change wasn’t the most ideal. But, I was desperate to fight so I didn’t care who it was”
“I would like to put a shout out to my original opponent Kieran Connor. I would like to wish his daughter a speedy recovery. My heart goes out to him and his family. I wish them all the best”
You are now 7-1 as an amateur and are now on a six-fight win streak. In your opinion what has been the key to your success inside the cage.
“I am now 8-1. I think the main way I work my training is to work hard and get the mat time in. This is key to developing me both mentally and physically”
You now have four finishes recorded in your career. What does that say about your fighting style and how much do you enjoy finishing a contest rather than letting it play out to its full capacity.
“I’m here to finish the fight. I would hate to be the guy the fans hated watching. I am going in there to knock out my opponent. I think that is why I have a sick large following”
What challenges are you seeking in 2018 and will you be looking at defending one of your titles next yet.
“All I need to do is keep fighting and get the wins. I am looking to go to the top. It is just a waiting game and putting the work in to get there”