Check out my interview with TUF live competitor Chris Tickle.
KH: You were mainly self-taught before becoming a member of TUF Live, what motivated you to start training and what factors kept you disciplined while training?
CT: I was stuck at a point in my life that i couldn’t go forward and only was stepping back; i was in a lot of trouble in and out of life and couldn’t get a job due to my background. I loved to fight and needed money for my son so i gave mma a chance. My son was what kept me going to do great in mma and also my friends.
KH: Speaking of TUF live, you were known as the bad boy of your season, what do you believe playing that role did for your career in MMA (positive or negative?)
CT: Ha i played no role, was just being myself. But overall its not your character that makes you money it’s how you fight and a lot of people got to see it in the finale that I’m a game, tough opponent.
KH: Your nickname is bad boy, who gave you that nickname and where did it come from?
CT: Bad Boy came from my younger days knocking people out in the streets when I was 15.
KH: Who is your dream fight currently?
CT: I want to fight for the belt so Aldo.
KH: Who would you have most wanted to fight out of any fighter in history?
CT: Tank Abbott, always wanted to knock one of his not so many teeth left out
KH: Who has been your toughest fight of all time?
CT: it was Jimmy Donahue. I fought him in a main event in St. Louis, it’s not cause he was tough it was what happened before the fight. The day before after weigh-ins my fiancé had a miscarriage. We have been trying to have a baby for some time and we didn’t know she was pregnant. We had to go to the hospital at 10pm and left there at 3 am. It was hard to see the my girl go through that. I had no sleep the whole night and was not in the right mind set at the time. I almost called off the fight. I had about 3 hrs. sleep took the fight. All i could think about was being with her and comforting her when i was in the cage. I was going into the fight not in a mind set at all and wanted to finish the fight fast to get back with her. I head kicked KO’d him in the first in a little over 2 mins. Something i will never forget in my life.
KH: What’s a day in the life of Chris Tickle?
CT: Every day i teach kickboxing at my gym and run my fight team. Cook dinner for my family and watch fights.im pretty much a gym rat and a family man.
KH: When can your fans see you fight next!?
CT: I’m fighting Chase Beebe Dec 15 in Chicago for Fearless.
KH: Anything else you would like to say to your fans?
CT: I want to say thanks for all the support you give me and that dreams are real. Dreams fail for those who don’t pursue them. Thanks and I love you all and god speed
I’d like to thank Chris for an outstanding interview, you can follow him on Twitter @badboytickle.