Chris Thirkell thrills with victory and entrance

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Both the win and the manner of it, a second round rear naked choke victory against Neil Laird, delighted the man who fights out of Spartans.

Chris_ThirkellChris Thirkell picked up the second victory of his pro MMA career at Made4TheCage 9: Night of Champions on Saturday night and is enjoying the spoils of his win.

He said: “I am very happy with that win and Neil definitely brought it as I predicted he would and it was a tough fight but I am pleased getting the win via rear naked choke which is the first one I have got in my career in both pro and amateur MMA.”

Chris went down in the opening seconds of the fight after being caught with a hook but in truth, he was never too worried despite the early setback.

“Neil hits hard for sure and I felt like I was getting his by bricks,” he stated afterwards. “It definitely surprised me but I wasn’t too worried and recovered instantly to implement my game plan.”

It was not just the win that put him 2-0 in his professional career that caught the eye though, as so too did his entrance complete with gi and a hanya mask and it is something he will look to develop.

“The entrance is something that I am building on because I love the Japanese culture with the hanya mask and obviously judo is a Japanese martial art hence the judo suit.

“Maybe next time I will use a ninja suit so watch this space!”

He will be taking a few days off now to recover before getting back to hitting the pads and sparring at Michael Ellison’s Wolf Muay Thai and easing back into some boxing and thai boxing to prepare for his next battle at EFC.

With that battle coming up next month, he be ruled out of action on M4TC for a while but he definitely wants to return sooner rather than later.

The welterweight said: “I can definitely see myself fighting on M4TC again! It is an awesome show with awesome management but after EFC I won’t be fighting until maybe August or July because I’m getting married to my fiancee Amanda in April.”

It is not just the fighter alone who helps himself to victory and Chris paid tribute to everyone who helped him throughout his camp.

He thanks Warren Oliver for all of the help he gave with his wrestling drills, Colin Fletcher for his coaching, sparring and weight-cutting advice, Phil DeFries for his help with BJJ and John Rutter for his thai boxing.

A big thanks was also sent to Amar Singh Maan of Maan Brothers for his continued sponsorship and keeping Chris supplied with kit and supplements.