Terrence Chan Wins MMA Fight in ManilaMarch 29, 2016 10:26 am
Despite being a poker professional, Terrence Chan’s main passion is MMA related martial arts, with the Canadian having now won all of his six fights, including four amateur, and two professional bouts.
Chan’s latest professional MMA fight took place just two weeks ago in Manilla, the Philippines capital city, with the fighter weighing in at 125 pounds and in the best shape of his life. As he explained before stepping into the cage:
“Both mentally and physically, I don’t think I’ve ever felt this good.. I was the perfect level of warmed up; not doing so much that I felt tired, but doing enough to feel loose and explosive.”
Chan’s top form was soon translated into decisive action during the fight, and after getting his opponent, Jose Mabute, to the ground in the first round, he was able to twist his opponent’s shoulder to such a point that he had no option but to tap out. In his blog post, Chan describes the moment he wrenched on Mabute’s shoulder harder than anything he had ever done in his life, until the referee stepped in to end the fight.
Terrence Chan has been a poker professional since December 2004, during which time he has racked up $1,207,767 in live tournament winnings, and a further $213,629 online under the screen name ‘TChan’. While his poker schedule is much more limited these days, Chan still finds time to compete at the WSOP in Las Vegas, and has 30 cashes to his name, but so far no gold bracelet. Talking about his career going forward, Chan explains:
“I don’t want to say it’s a failure if I don’t make the UFC. Conversely, I don’t want to say I’m a success if I fight one time in the UFC. People dream about winning a WSOP bracelet, but it’s not the end goal, it’s part of the process.. I think if you don’t have your eyes on [the UFC] you probably shouldn’t be competing in MMA.”