(A victorious Bennett celebrates victory and parades his belt collection. Image courtesy of MMA Big Show)
On Saturday 17th April, one of the most exciting prospects in MMA, Chris ‘The Samurai’ Bennett will make his pro debut on MMA Big Show’s ‘A Prodigy Returns’ bill at the Belterra Casino, Resort & Spa in Cincinatti, Ohio. The young gun can’t wait to get in the cage.
“I am very excited to fight some tougher guys and really test my skills,” said the ambitious 19 year-old. “I went 18-1 [as an amateur] which to me isn’t that much. I was in no rush to go pro, and I still believe I could have waited longer. I have a lot to learn still, and I believe this move will motivate me to be better.”
Chris’ opponent on April 17th is Tony Sims, a 4-1 veteran that trains out of American Top Team. Bennett is confident he will get the win. “I don’t know much about him but he looks tough,” he admitted. “His loss came to a 5-0 Jiu Jitsu fighter though, so I think I’ll be OK. My game plan is to go in and press the pace and see how he handles it. I have a great cardio regime, and I will be well prepared.”
‘The Samurai’, who admits he prefers to keep proceedings standing also divulged of his background in martial arts, and where he trains now. “I have been doing MMA for about four years and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for two,” said Bennett. “I train at the ‘Son of Slam’ MMA School. There are some very well rounded guys there. I also train with Sean Hammonds and Jorge Gurgel for Jiu Jitsu.”
He is also looking forward to seeing how far he can go in the sport of mixed martial arts. “I’d like to be fighting some top guys in the future,” enthused Chris. “It doesn’t matter where, just as long as people know my name.”
Indeed, with even more reason to keep improving, the potential of Bennett is frightening, as MMA Big Show promoter Jason Appleton concedes. “Chris Bennett has been fighting for me since he was 15 years old,” he revealed. “He’s a prodigy in the sport and never ceases to impress an audience. In his last amateur fight he had to fight up at 170 because we couldn’t find anyone to fight him at 155 anymore. He won that fight even though he weighed in much less than his opponent. Chris is an amazing talent who keeps his head out of the clouds. He’s going to be a star in the not so distant future. Keep your eyes on him.”
In the opinion of this writer, fans should believe the hype with this young fighting sensation. With explosive stand-up and a rounded ground game, Bennett has an exciting style and the tools to go all the way to the top. Watch for him to burst on to the world scene in the next couple of years.
For more information on Bennett’s pro debut, please visit http://www.mmabigshow.com.