HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Chris Wade is one combat away from being a champion in a serious MMA group and having an additional $1 million in his pocket.
The MMA veteran punched his ticket to the 2021 PFL featherweight last with a dominant win over Bubba Jenkins within the co-main occasion of Friday’s 2021 PFL Playoffs 3. Wade (20-6) outpointed Jenkins (16-5) in a unanimous determination, successful 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 on the judges’ scorecards.
2021 PFL Playoffs 3 befell on the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The primary card aired on ESPN 2 and ESPN+ with the prelims solely on ESPN+.
The former UFC fighter has been combating for a few years to lastly get an opportunity at turning into champion in a serious group. After many ups and downs in his profession, Wade feels prefer it’s all increase for this second, as he’s set to tackle Movlid Khaybulaev on Oct. 27 within the 2021 PFL featherweight last.
“I think this is meant to be,” Wade instructed MMA Junkie. “I feel God has a bizarre means of working and that is taking place for me and to not me.
“I knew in my heart of hearts that it would be Movlid and I because of how tough the Dagestani people are and he’s just a great fighter. But you know what, my teammate and one of my closest friends is Andre Harrison in the sport and he gave Movlid already everything that he could handle. They fought to a draw, so his coach is now my coach, so we also have tape on him too so it’s going to be interesting.”
Wade has been combating below PFL for the reason that begin of the group and that is the primary time he makes it to the ultimate of a season. This is a really particular second of his profession, particularly after having his UFC profession not go as anticipated.
He went 5-2 below the Las Vegas promotion with losses to powerful fighters Rustam Khabilov and Islam Makhachev and nonetheless noticed his run with the promotion come to an finish.
“I spent some time being pretty salty with the UFC,” Wade stated. “I used to be 5-2, I had just a few first-round finishes and it was simply clear that they had been in search of guys that put their ft down and slug it out and harm one another and knock one another out.
“They don’t want to see all of mixed martial arts. They don’t want to see grapplers, wrestlers. Wrestlers seem to always get the short end of the stick when it comes to that promotion, so I wish them nothing. That’s the truth, they deserve nothing.”