It’s all good from fighter The Bad Guy

Chris made his­tory by land­ing the On Top Belt

Wishaw Press - - SCHOOL NEWS - Ben Ra­m­age

Holy­town pro fighter Chris ‘The Bad Guy’ Bun­gard made Scot­tish MMA his­tory on Satur­day night when he won the On Top belt.

Af­ter beat­ing North­ern Ire­land’s Niall Smith at the ON-X Leisure Cen­tre in Pais­ley on a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, Chris be­came the first fighter to hold all four Scot­tish ti­tles at the same time.

He is now tar­get­ing another record by be­com­ing the first Scot­tish fighter to sign State­side for Cal­i­for­nia-based pro­mo­tors Bel­la­tor.

“I hold all the belts now but re­ally it’s all about win­ning,” a de­lighted Bun­gard said.

“The fo­cus now is get­ting to the next level. I’m look­ing to get to UFC or Bel­la­tor. There’s never been a Scot fighter at Bel­la­tor but I’ve fought at big shows and beaten fight­ers with good records. “I tick all of their boxes.” Bun­gard went into Satur­day’s fight as the cur­rent Forza Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship, First FC and Head­hunters FC light­weight cham­pion.

He ad­mit­ted he was feel­ing flat be­fore the fight but was grate­ful for a rowdy crowd that pumped him up be­fore tak­ing on Smith.

He said: “I was feel­ing a wee bit flat and lethar­gic be­fore it to be hon­est.

“The at­mos­phere was elec­tric though. I al­ways get a good fol­low­ing and they lifted me.

“He was def­i­nitely a tougher fighter than I ex­pected. The first round was close but the sec­ond round I steam­rollered him and then dom­i­nated the third.

“I thought I’d stop him but I knew I’d won it.”

Bun­gard is now look­ing for­ward to tak­ing some time off to re­cover be­fore mak­ing his next ap­pear­ance in the ring in Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber.

Cham­pion Chris Bun­gard made his­tory

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