Chris, like many of the 10th Planet Birmingham members, became attracted to the sport having watched early UFCs featuring the likes of Royce Gracie, BJ Penn and Chuck Liddell. Inspired by the firm belief that you are able to achieve anything you set your mind to Chris decided at 21 years old that he was destined to be UFC champion. With no formal training, Chris set out to conquer a sport that in his eyes was still in its infancy.
A student of the game through and through Chris has always sought out the best possible training available, extensively training in his early days with Pete Hefford, Paul Kelly and Marc Goddard. His amateur career got off to a flying start. He travelled to Thailand with training partner and British champ Dave Hill training extensively at Sityodtong. Throughout his journey Chris has trained with countless star names taking what he saw as high percentage techniques from each of them, putting together his very own complete arsenal of MMA skills.
Since 2008 his journey has focused on his apprenticeship under Mick Broster. It was as Chris approached his pro MMA debut that Mick was schooling all of the gym’s fighters and during the pro fighter morning sessions it became clear that Mick held the key to all of the flaws in their games. The high point of Chris’ career came when he KO’d the then UK no.3 Dino Gambetesa in the first round proppelling him into the top 10 European Bantamweights rankings with a record of 5-1.
It had turned out that becoming UFC champion was not to be, in the time it had taken Chris to break into Europe the sport was no longer in its infancy, the champions being such superior athletes to those of the early UFC days. Getting all the way to the top would prove too big an ask however, the knowledge and experience Chris has gained gives him all the insight needed to craft fighters into genuine MMA prospects in very little time. There are not many criticisms you could level at the Elements MMA staff, but having been involved in the sport for much of their lives it is fair to forgive them for occasionally assuming that the whole world understands the difference between an armbar and an omaplata, or an achilles lock from a heel hook; with Chris this is not the case.
Chris’ Monday evening ELEMENTS OF MMA class is particularly popular with those new to the sport. By training set warm-ups and a signature style of MMA circuit designed to rapidly hardwire basic techniques and concepts, this method is proven to fast track students towards the intermediate level and beyond. In February 2014 Chris gained recognition throughout the area he lives by being nominated for and winning the coveted Bromsgrove District Area Coach of the Year.