By Patrick DeMoss | July 25, 2018 —I recently talked with PFL lightweight fighter, Chris Wade, to discuss his upcoming fight at PFL 5. Wade, although receiving no points in his last outing after dropping a decision to Natan Schulte, feels like he knows what went wrong and has fixed those issues. With that out the way, he’s ready to perform in front of his hometown crowd in Long Island.

Wade also discussed how he is being treated at the PFL, how he feels about the tournament style, and overall, why he chose the PFL over other promotions. He also discussed his opinions on the UFC, and how the PFL has set up a fool-proof plan, where everyone is earning their way to the top, rather with other promotions, where we see fighters sometimes earn certain fights with their promoting skills, not necessarily their ranking.

You can check out the full interview with Chris Wade here and make sure to watch him perform August 2nd at PFL 5. Partial transcript follows. 


[00:05] Alright, I am with PFL lightweight contender Chris Wade. How are you doing?

I’m good.

So you’re fighting here in about what? Two weeks now?

We are fighting August second. I’m turning around here from just a little over a month.

I’m curious–how has  training camp been, since you know, you fought just over a month ago? Are you more, you know, trying to rest and recover or are you just getting right back in the gym after your fight?

I would say that the training campus is kind of a combination of the two things that you just mentioned. The initial phase of it coming back home was about a week of rest just to relax, ice down those bumps and bruises, just mentally kind of clear my head from the way it’s about. And then after about a week it was right back into the gym, hit hitting it hard, you know, we felt that, at least I felt that it was my cardio that kind of failed me in my last bout. I think that I slept on my opponent way too much. So my emphasis for this camp has been trying to right that ship and get my cardio where it needs to be to push hard for 15 minutes. But I went the full distance.

Do you feel any sense of urgency heading into this fight or you just focus purely on what you have to do in a point standpoint?

[02:00] Well, I don’t because if you, because if you look at the lightweight division especially, you know seven guys that didn’t score points because you had one person who didn’t make weight and you have five people that did score points, so there’s three people with no score that are listed in the tournament as of right now. So I’m, I’m not gonna put too much pressure on, on a bonus right this second. And I’d like to see the matchups deck that started to come out and get released. Once I have those I can kind of in my head a look at certain scenarios that could go down and then determine whether or not I think I need to really push for the finish.

So did you find it harder to recover mentally, you know, just a month later?

[02:52] To recover? Um, I think physically just because with my last opponent if you saw, off the bat, we really kind of tore into each other. I threw more than I ever threw, kicked, basically more than I’ve ever kicked and probably got hit more than I ever got hit, so just the icing down and relaxing on the physical aspect was probably harder than the mental. It’s a little easier for me to make a mental recovery and get over it.

[03:47]  I feel that I’m fully bounced back and a better fighter already after that, and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way than to be competing again in a couple of weeks. I mean, who wants to dwell on a loss and to wonder when they might choose you again because you lost, you know, that’s uh, that’s part of the sport that I think is bogus and doesn’t let people showcase what they really have. I think this format with the PFL is something that you’re going to see more fighters gravitate toward because you want to right the ship, you want to get back on in the cage and right that wrong. You don’t want to wait around and rot and let it sit in your head mentally. So this is a huge benefit and it’s going to benefit us for sure.

[04:43] So you like the quick turnaround format and feel it’s an overall benefit?

God forbid they had to have something done or casts or something, then yeah, you’re going to be in a tough spot with a quick turnaround. But when you’re a relatively healthy and you just had like a really a really good, scrap but it didn’t go your way, you know, you want to get back in there, you’re, you’re back in the gym after a week and you’re sparring.

[05:38] So what, why wouldn’t you want to get back in there and, and win and get paid, you know? You know, you’re  in your hometown, and that has to smell good. Oh, it feels amazing. I love fighting at home. I love being on Long Island … I need a good performance. I need a dominant performance and I’m at home, I’m with my people. I’m in my element. And you know, I’m confident that, that those things are gonna happen for me.

[06:13] I’m motivated because like I said to you, if you watched the fight, you know, I thought I won the first round of my flight and then I faded in the second round and lost, but, but a little closer. And then the third one, I just didn’t have the gas in the tank to to keep putting it on the kid. And he kept coming forward and putting pressure on me.

So you go back in the gym and you torture yourself for six weeks, you know, make yourself feel like you’re going to puke for, for five of those weeks. And then on fight night you’re going to have a good result.

[07:38] So your opponent, so what are your thoughts? Have you watched any film on him or do you just kind of step in late ready to go?

[07:47] Yeah, I mean I watched. We broke down his last fight and he’s, he’s definitely a goer, you know, he’s similar in my mind to the, to the guy I just fought but maybe not so much on the throws and the foot sweeps and whatnot. But he definitely likes to come forward, he likes to swing in a loopy manner, overhand upper cuts, likes to use his right hand a lot and he seems to be content to kind of push you to the cage and then slowly work for that takedown grind you down from there.

So, you know, we’re going to be ready for those things. We’re breaking them down for sure. My last fight, I didn’t even barely watch the guy, to tell you the truth, until like the night before. And I don’t think that that helped me very much because I didn’t know his tendencies. So we’re going to change that up and study this time.

[08:47] So it wasn’t just, you know, confidence in the gym that kind of led to you not really particularly wanting to watch in your last apartment or was it just a task way or

[08:57] What happened was, you know, I just, I watched some of his YouTube fights early on that were like from way back and you know, we just slept on him a little bit. I was told how great of a match up it was and, and, um, I got a little cocky and I got caught sleeping.

[09:18] And you know, you’re coming from, you know, the UFC years ago. How does this, how does the PFL compare in terms of your relationship and how it’s structured? 

[09:31] Oh, the relationship I think is much better. I think that PFL takes care of their guys in just look at the format that they have set up for us. Uh, this is, this is all for, for us, there’s an opportunity for money that doesn’t exist in the other organization unless they’re using, you know, Conor McGregor might make 10 million or 20 million on a fight, but you better believe that the UFC is making triple that and that’s the only reason that they’re using him and promoting him. Ronda Rousey may have made, you know, five, $10 million on a fight, but the only reason that she’s making that is because they’re making double, triple again, they’re, they’re using people.

I think the PFL is, has set a format for us and they set an allotment of money out there for us to go out and get. And I think that’s a fair way to do it–is with the playoff system and the best man wins. Not the political bullshit that goes on where, you know, if you rub elbows with Dana and you tell him what he wants to hear, he’ll hook you up.



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