In another FightIreland exclusive scoop we sat down with one of the most talented mixed martial artists in the country, Cage Contender's Middleweight Champion Chris Fields. The man they call "The Killing" will be putting his belt on the line against feared striker RFA fighter John Redmond. This is easily one of the most anticipated fights in Irish combat sports history and we are guaranteed fireworks when these two face off against each other at next weekend's Cage Contender X. We were delighted to sit down with Chris and get his thoughts on the fight, his opponent and how his team SBG reacted to the infamous youtube video that has sent the hype through the roof! Enjoy....
So first up how is Chris Fields?
I'm feeling great at the moment.
How has your training camp been?
The training camp has been going really well and I feel like everything is coming together at just the right time.
Your thoughts on your opponent John Redmond - how do you see the fight playing out?
John Redmond is just another obstacle on the road to where I want to get to. I see the fight playing out the way my fights always play out with me getting my hand raised at the end.
You are defending your belt - is there any extra pressure?
There's no extra pressure. I'm the champ the pressure is on him
Have you been focusing on any particular area of your game for this fight?
As with all my fight camps I focus on all areas of my game. I want to be a complete fighter not a one trick pony.
There is a lot of hype about this fight - a lot of it stemming from the infamous video of John punching a punch bag with an SBG t-shirt on it? Has this had any effect you?
The video has had no effect on me at all. If anything it has improved my focus. If that's what he needs to get motivated then that's his business.
You have been on a tear recently, with wins by KOs, GnP and armbar - So what is your favourite way to win?
My favourite way to win is within the three rounds. I don't like going to a decision. So once I'm finishing the fight I'm happy.
You come from a great camp - how are things down at SBG?
Things are flying in SBG at the moment. It's like swimming with a bunch of shark’s every day, if sharks could punch you in the face. John Kavanagh is in my opinion the best Coach in the business and I count myself lucky to be part of that team.
On the local scene which coaches and fighters do you admire?
On the local scene I'd have to say outside of SBG Owen Roddy is a great coach and he has some good up and comers at Primal MMA. Fighters outside of SBG I would say I respect Damo Rooney, Tom Maguire, Ryan Kelly but Rob the Dog Quinn is still my hero. Always in a war.
This will be your fourth fight with Cage Contenders - you also fought with Cage Warriors - how do you think the Irish MMA scene is coming along?
Irish MMA is really heating up at the moment and the shows are just getting bigger and better. I see a lot of young talent around. Things look good for the future
Are there any fighters on your radar that you would like to step inside the cage with?
I'm interested in fighting any of the guys ranked above me in the UK at the moment or any high level European opponents. I want to keep testing myself with every fight.
As for the International scene which fighters do you admire and why?
On the international scene I would have to say GSP for his work ethic, Anderson Silva for sheer class and John Fitch and Carlos Condit because I always enjoy their fights.
Chris "I want to thank John Kavanagh and all the lads (and ladies) at SBG and Eoin Lacey and all the lads at Irish Strength Institute and my sponsors Fayz sports equipment, Nutrition X, GWD Estate Agents Swords for their continued support. PS. It's my belt and no one is taking it."