On July 22nd, an undefeated British heavyweight entered the ring, a ring owned by Glory kickboxing. And that fighter is Chi Lewis-Parry.
The 6 ft 9 former basketball player made his return at Glory 32 Super Fight in the main event facing Maurice ‘The Pirate’ Green. This was his first bout since defeat by Xavier Vigney at Glory 21 tournament….and by the way, “The Chopper” stopped “The Pirate”.
I’m telling you this because Chi Lewis-Parry has an MMA record of 6-0, and in 2015 he was signed to fight Brandon Vera for the ONE FC heavyweight belt, until issues got involved and the Londoner was pulled from the card. The Chopper hasn’t fought in an MMA ring since he defeated Alain Ngalani in 2014 at ONE FC’s War of Dragons.
The London born bruiser could consider a run within another MMA organisation, but where? Have we seen the last of ‘Chopper’ Chi Lewis-Parry in MMA? I say no, the reason I say that is Bellator Kickboxing. This could be a head turner for the Londoner, but Chi got a big enough circus for Bellator to bring him into their fold.
He could look at coming home……cue Frank Skinner and David Baddiel….” He’s coming home, he’s coming home…” anyway, he may take an offer to enter the octagon on home soil.
If it’s BAMMA, then we could see Chi fight current Heavyweight champion, Mark ‘Hand of’ Godbeer, who recently bested Stuart ‘He-Man’ Austin at BAMMA 25. A battle of Britain could ensue, along with Made4TheCage champion James Mulheron, who on July 16th beat Neil Grove on the London debut of Bellator at the o2 arena.
There’s new talent in the Heavyweights from the UK who are building a reputation. So we should have a British Heavyweight able to go up against the best the world has to offer. The Chopper may be the one with the skills he has been honing by training with UFC Light Heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier, former UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez, former UFC Middleweight champ Luke Rockhold and potential future lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov at the AKA gym.
Will “The Chopper” ride his way to the UFC and make a mark in a division full of assassins?
Whatever happens, keep your eyes peeled and follow his journey. You can see Chi Lewis-Parry make his victorious return to the Glory ring on UFC Fight Pass.
This article comes to you via Mark Wincott. Follow him on Twitter@Tattooed_Ginge