London Shootfighters were once again out in full force, proving why they are one of the most explosive Mixed Martial Arts gyms in the UK on the astronomical Contenders 33 card.
Imran Chelhani was the first London Shootfighters warrior to take the walk at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, taking on KO Gym‘s Saban Ali.
The Shootfighters prospet secured victory with an impressive D’arce choke, midway through the very first round in the capital. Taking himself to 2-0 on his amateur journey in just over a month of his debut on the circuit.
I caught up with Imran after his submissive victory, to gain some insight into his thoughts on his performance in Crystal Palace.
Congratulations on an absolutely amazing performance Imran, how do you feel after your performance?
“Yeah I feel great, I wasn’t too happy with my performance but I got the job done. Could have done a bit more to keep him out there longer, didn’t really last long enough for me to display my craft. But it is what it is, I got the win.”
Saban came out of his corner quite aggressive from the get go, was you expecting that of him tonight?
“Yeah, I was expecting some aggression, I was kinda barn bashing. There’s a nice technique I like to do out there, but I think I was looking for it abit to much, I should have just felt him out. I just feel like I didn’t get enough time to show what I could have done with my striking. But I got it done, took him down, looked for the D’arce then got it.”
Sublime finish though mate I have to say.
It must be an amazing feeling to represent London Shootfighters and come out with the victory?
“I’m super happy about it. I couldn’t ask for better coaches and a better team, I’m extremely grateful to them.”
Absolutely stunning performance mate, it was great pleasure catching you out there again. I look forward to witnessing your next bout.
Before I let you go, is there anybody you’d like to give a shout-out to?
“I wanna give a huge shout-out to my team London Shootfighters, and all the people that help me. Mario, Max and Marowan. To the people that came to support me, my mum, my dad and everyone else. Super grateful to have a great team, family and good friends around me.”