The PFL has become one of the numerous leagues where castoffs from the UFC go to turn over a new leaf in the next chapter of their MMA careers. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet a no nonsense brawler whose display of tenacity and grit embodies the empire state.
A professional since November 2011 and representing Long Island MMA, Chris Wade owns a 13-4 record in 17 career bouts as a professional comprised of eight decisions and five submissions.
Wade has competed for the UFC, PFL and Ring of Combat.
In his MMA debut at Ring of Combat 38, he defeated Vincius Agudo via unanimous decision. Wade also defeated his next two opponents via decision in Maykon Santos and Villi Bello.
Then at Ring of Combat 42, he submitted Alfred Walker in the first round. Wade defeated Mike Medrano via unanimous decision at ROC 43. He tapped out Pat DeFranco in the second round via rear naked choke at ROC 47.
For his final outing with Ring of Combat at ROC 48, Wade defeated Frankie Perez via split decision. In his debut outing with the UFC at UFC 177, he tapped out Cain Carrizosa in the first round. Wade defeated his next two UFC foes via decision in Christos Giagos and Lipeng Zhang.
At UFN 81, he submitted France’s Mehdi Baghad in the first round via rear naked choke. In what would turn out to be his final fight for the UFC Wade faced a familiar foe in Frankie Perez at UFC on Fox 25 and defeated him via unanimous decision.
Following his departure from the UFC, he signed with PFL to join their lightweight tournament. In his second outing for them at PFL 5, Wade submitted Japan’s Yuki Kawana in the first round.
With Wade having been no stranger to the big stage, I would not be shocked if this dark horse becomes the surprise of the PFL lightweight tournament!