Will “The Kill” Chope 13-5 Pro MMA fighter, 22 years old and 10 finishes from his 13 wins.
FSA: Your 22 years old…. your first 5 fights you went 1 wins and 4 losses. At this point in your career what were you thinking?
Kill: I was so dumb taking stupid fights, barely knew anything about cutting weight at the time. I almost felt like hanging the MMA gloves up and just focusing on Muay Thai. But that thought was quickly thrown away when I was offered another MMA fight vs Tiger Muay Thai’s Jamie Mackinnon in DARE.
(which Will won)
FSA: Your career is currently just 2 years old – but you have a sherdog record of 18 professional MMA fights (and as far as we know there is likely another 5/6 fights in China and 15/20 pro muay thai and K-1 fights) we are talking about 40+ pro fights in your short career. Do you feel this has been the best way to run your career? Or has it not been a conscious decision?
Kill: I have done my best to fight as often as possible and to make this my career and to live off of fighting, as a result fighting this often is a necessity to eat. But the biggest motivation is my love to fight, I feel if I am not fighting I am not living. Plus all the fight experience really makes up for my lack of training experience.
FSA: You are probably the most under-rated fighter around…. you currently are riding a 8 fight win streak and have gone 12 wins from your last 13 fights! Do you feel you have gotten the opportunities you deserve?
Kill: I think I was very lucky when I was 2-4 to get a URCC contract only 1 year ago. I think the biggest shock is just that I fought so many times in a year and made such a turnaround in my career in that given time. Many people still remember the Will Chope with a shitty record with no ground game. It takes some time for people to realize I have changed so much as a fighter and person in such a short time. But I am patient opportunities will come just have to let the dust settle a bit.
FSA: You had a minor setback in dealings with ONE FC, do you regret this and would you like the opportunity to put aside past issues… and look at competing with the talent they have at featherweight?
Kill: I want to fight the best in Asia at my weight. ONE FC has some studs right now I’d very much like to take out. I definitely would love to settle past issues and let the bosses know my promoter suit is hung up. I am young right now and hungry and just want to focus on being a fighter not a promoter.
FSA: You are young, you are ambitious and you have done well for yourself. In the URCC alone you have defeated Rex de Lara, Angelito Manguray, Miguel Alo, Jerson Estoro, Reydon Romero and yet we still haven’t heard anything about a title shot…. I think it’s fair to say you are deserving. 5 wins is a good run in a weight division. How do you feel about your time with URCC and the chances at a title?
Kill: I love to the URCC there is truly no place like the Philippines and fighting there. I hope to stay with the URCC for a long time to come, and I have gotten word from the URCC Brass that the title shot will be coming.
FSA: What is your ultimate goal in your MMA career?
Kill: To have 300+ MMA fights, make it to the UFC, and become a World Champion.
FSA: You move around a lot, your part of Phuket Top Team and Team Buffet… can you explain your training and influences and is this moving around likely to continue throughout your career?
Kill: My 3 biggest influences have been Mark Striegl, Andrew Leone, and Dorian Price. I look up to these three fighters and have been lucky to train under each of them. As far as moving around so much, I just have to always follow the fights and make a living to support myself and my family, so always just following the fights. Phuket Top Team is my home gym though always and will be making a return later this week.
FSA: Lastly – your 13-5 with 8 fight win streak and 12 wins from last 13 fights. Can people argue your competition renders you not worthy of a high standing? Are you willing to fight bigger names?
Kill: I am hoping to take ok the best fighters in Asia at my weight class. 6-1 Ricardo Sapno for the URCC is in my sights now. I also want to make a run for the DARE and PRO FC Featherweight titles as well.
FSA: Who do you want next – what organizations would you like to take notice of you?
Kill: Ricardo Sapno, no secret in that I want his belt.
One organization I would really like to fight for hopefully in 2013 is ROAD FC in Korea.
A Name to remember and a fighter to look out for. FSA thanks Will for his time and hopes aspiring fighters can see that the path can be rocky but from this you can still find success.