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January 23, 2013

WMMMA Featured Fighter - Chad 'Machine Gun' Kelly

Name: Chad Kelly
Age: 21
Height: 5'7
Fight Weight: Flyweight (125)
Fight Team: FAA
Fight Record: 4-2 Amateur
City/State Born: Winchendon, Ma

1. When and Why did you get into MMA??

 It was November 2009 I started watching the UFC with my friends starting with UFC 100 spent a little time looking for places to train few months later found FAA in Gardner which is a sister school kinda of FAA in Springfield. It's run by my coach Mike Gibbs who is one of FAA's longest students. I just felt me and Mike's coaching style worked really well together from day 1.

2. Do you have a background in martial arts, boxing , wrestling etc?

 Nothing until I started I was always pretty athletic and did well wrestling around with friends even though i was smaller.

3. What's you nickname, how did you get it?

MachineGun haha I got it from Nick Newell one of my training partners he worked at the history channel or something at the time said he saw a documentary of Machinegun Kelly a criminal during prohibition and this was after my first fight and it just stuck.

4. What are your ultimate goals in the sport?

I truly believe I can and will become The UFC champ. I'm very competitive and from day 1 I wanted to be the best.

5. What do you think about your next opponent?

He is a tough 2-0 fighter from a great school hes is physically strong and seems well rounded

6. How do you see the fight going/being finished?

I know its gonna be a tough fight but I'm def a finisher and Look for finishes no matter where I am in the fight.

7. What weight do you walk at/how much do you cut to fight?


8. What's your favorite part about fighting?

The training and constantly learning and all of it paying off with your hand being raised. And honestly punching, kicking, and choking people is pretty fun haha.

9. What's the worst part about fighting?

Cutting weight by far

10. Anyone locally or in the big's that you really would love to fight, and why?

Demetrius Johnson some day haha because he is the UFC champ

11. What do you feel is your best weapon in your fights?

My extreme good looks haha jk. Probably my drive to be successful. Unlike some people who just want to be the toughest guy in Mass I want real success.

12. What is your favorite foods that you miss while cutting weight??

Where to start Chineese Food, Icecream,Oreos, Clamstrips Reeses. and plenty more

13. What is your most memorable moment to date in MMA??

I really liked my august 24 fight for Warrior Nation I took the fight 3 days notice and fought at 135. For the first time cut like 3 pounds haha by not eating the day of the weigh ins and I felt pretty good the whole fight and I got the triangle in rd 3. Hoping for a better moment Jan 26th though

14. How else do you spend your time when you are not training??

Well I work at FAA Gardner so when I'm not training or Teaching beginners and private lessons, I like to skateboard a little as long as I don't get hurt haha. Also I like to eat haha

15. What do you do for a living besides fighting??

 HAHA Nothing I work at FAA Gardner but I do work 1 night crew saturday nights at a grocery store for extra cash.

Most of all I would like to Thank Mike Gibbs my head coach at FAA Gardner. All my other coaches Jeremey Libiszewski, Scott Labrie, Chris Yonkers, Miguel Valencia, Brandon Jeffries. All my training partners from FAA Leon Davis, Nick Newell, Jeff Haddad, Juicebox, JSP, Noel, Alex Santiago, and everyone else. My Managers BG and Tim Oconnor from Combat Sports Agency they have helped me alot with understanding how being a amateur is supposed to be and that its practice before you go Pro. All my family and friends. The promotions I fought for and I am going to fight for. And to WesternMass MMA for all your help and support.

We would like to thank Chad for taking the time to be our Featured Fighter! I was at Chad's first fight, and knew right away that he was a very skilled, and promising fighter. He continues to get better each fight, and shows he is a danger to opponents, both standing, and on the ground. We all wish you the best on your quest for the title....go into NY and show em what New England is all about!