In the finals of the Cage Warriors Academy grand prix, one fighter has already written their name in the book for the match-up at featherweight.
Chris Sterling fights out of Impact Gym in Bristol, the biggest MMA gym in the South West of England. He has a record of 5-5 as an amateur which he believes may give him an edge in the final saying “I’ve experienced the highs and lows which makes you a stronger fighter.”
All 5 of his wins have come via finish with 3 rear-naked choke’s, one armbar and one TKO. In his last fight, he was the underdog in terms of the rankings but Chris says this makes little difference to him. “Rankings are a matter of opinion, I know how good I am and I’m confident fighting any man on earth regardless of ranking.”
Sterling’s last opponent, Nathan Johnstone came into the fight with an unbeaten record of 6-0 with all of his wins being finishes, 5 in the first round. Chris proved once again in this bout that he cannot be counted out in a fight due to his ability to find the finish, something he prides himself on.
His opponent in the final round will be Liam Molloy. Liam is once again much higher in the amateur rankings and has an undefeated record of 5-0 which Chris is unfazed by, simply saying “Everyone can be KO’d or submitted.”. This approach makes the fight an interesting match-up especially after Sterling already beat a very promising prospect in Nathan Johnstone.
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The Cage Warriors Academy Grand Prix was set up to find the top amateur talent in the UK and Ireland and give them a platform to showcase their skill with the finals taking place at the huge end of the year event at Cage Warriors 100. Chris Sterling however plays this side to his next fight down saying, “To me it’s just a fight in a cage, all the accolades are nice but at the end of the day it’s a fight with another man that I’m going to win.”
Sterling aims to win this fight and carry on testing himself in the Cage Warriors bantamweight division with an eye not only on the 135 belt but the featherweight one also.
“All the added stuff is nice, but I’m here to fight and to test myself regardless.”
“People should keep an eye out for me because I bring action and I never stop trying to win the fight”
Stay tuned to Cage Warriors across all platforms as we get closer to the crucial grand prix finals at Cage Warriors 100 in Cardiff, including Chris Sterling vs Liam Molloy in the featherweight final.