Christian Tebbett is an English professional Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the flyweight division He has an amateur record of 6-1-0 and embarks on his professional career on June 25th at FCC 29, representing Manchester Predators. He has competed for Budo Fighting Championship, Celtic Gladiator and UKFC across his amateur career.
I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Christian and also to congratulate you on your upcoming inclusion on the FCC 29 card.
I trust training camp has been going well in the build-up to your highly anticipated professional debut on June 25th?
“It’s early days but everything is in order with camp so far. I do a lot of technical training regardless of having a fight booked but it’s nice to be back, pushing the cardio and sparring with intent.”
Your standout amateur journey has given the regional MMA scene some of the biggest highlight reels the UK MMA scene has had the pleasure of witnessing. 6 out of 7 bouts were won, half of which were won in a submissive fashion, across 3 organisations and an amateur title.
Capping it off with capturing the UKFC amateur Flyweight title back in October must have been a tremendous honour for you?
“Yeah, a tremendous honour. I owe a lot to the guys that run the show. Ste, Jake and Aaron to name a few. They gave me the platform and opportunities that led me to this point, I’m seriously grateful for that.”
Was this the point where you decided it was time to make the switch to the professional scene?
“The decision was made before the title fight, which speaks to my level of confidence going into that one. I had given up my Mon-Fri day job and the financial security that came with it a few weeks before the fight with Zack.”
With all you need in your arsenal, you now set your sights on the professional circuit. On June 25th at what’s set to be a sold-out Bolton Stadium, Adam Teh and his team bring their 29th card to date to Bolton.
What does it mean to you to be taking the walk down to the FCC cage where so many huge names in the industry have before you?
“I’m extremely happy to have a place on the FCC card. I’ve been to their shows previously and always enjoyed them. Most notably when my friend and training partner Sam Spencer took the Bantamweight title with a nasty left hook. Sam has been a mentor to me from the start of my career, someone I look up to, so I’m very happy to be on a similar path.”
You’ll be sharing the cage with Myles Richards. Also making his 1st professional outing, with a similar style is proof that FCC knows exactly what the fans of the brutal yet exhilarating world of Mixed Martial Arts fans want.
What do you make of Myles in the build-up to your scheduled meeting?
“To be honest, I’ve not invested significant amounts of time in studying his previous fights. He last fought 3 years ago and he could have completely reinvented himself since then if he’s been training continuously. He had plenty of experience in his amateur career so I’ve not entered into this camp with any lack of respect. Expecting to face a game opponent and he should be too.”
Looking forward, with so many fine additions being made to the roster at FCC and countless possibilities for opponents. Would this be a place you’d like to call home as you continue along your journey?
“I don’t see why not. If there are challenges to be had and progress to be made then I’m here for it.”
So many Phenomenal fighters and bouts are being added to the already stacked card for June 25th. Other than your inclusion on the night are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing in Bolton?
“My friend Tom Wright when he fights for the Ammy Bantamweight belt against Connor Walsh. You’ve only got to look at his previous 5 round war to see how exciting he is to watch, it will be sick to see him get his hands on the belt. Crazy Chris Price too. He’s on the lookout for an opponent at the moment but he’ll be a handful for anyone in the 145lb division.”
I wish you all the best in your professional career Christian and I look forward to witnessing your journey unfold.
Last but not least do you have a message for the fans that will be in attendance and anybody you’d like to give a shout-out to?
“Just a huge thank you to everyone that will be there on June 25th, to everyone that has been there in the past. Makes a huge difference having the noise of the supports behind you. A shout-out to my good friends Dannie and Haylee who are getting married that weekend. They have been nothing but understanding towards the fact I can’t be there, Congrats you two.”