Welcome back fight fans and we here at ArtofMMA.com and in full excitement mode for CFFC 62 which is going down on Dec 17th at the 2300 Arena in PA. We have featured many of the fighters from this insane card and today is no different as we are very excited to re-feature Chris Piriz (@chrispiriz) who if you remember I had the opportunity to speak with before his bout with Sergio Da Silva at CFFC 58. Chris came out the victorious and is now set to step back in the cage at CFFC 62. Chris is currently sitting at 5-2 and riding a 3 fight win streak. So let’s get this party started!
Hey Chris and welcome back!! So you’re coming off the decision win over Sergio Da Silvia at CFFC 58. Talk to us about that win and did he do anything different in the cage than what you had planned for?
Piriz: That win was a solid win for me. It was a win over a very well known guy with a lot of followers and also, he has been in the game at the highest level. I thought he was going to switch back and forth more from striking to grappling but whatever his game plan was seemed to work as it was the toughest fight to date.
Yeah, Sergio is a pretty tough dude and his matches read a who’s who of MMA and I agree he is a pretty big fan favorite. Now many would say that Sergio was a big step up in competition for you, would you agree or disagree? Why? And what has that win done for your career?
Piriz: I 100% agree Sergio was a big step up in competition. You’d have to been dumb to not say no. Look at the guy, he trains with killers and world class fighters. He himself is a world class BJJ guy. Sergio has fought the who’s who list when ask to fight and I don’t think he’s the type of guy to turn down a fight when offered. Winning the fight definitely put me “on the map.”
Yeah, he is a tough dude. Speaking of helping your career you have just been added to what many are calling the best CFFC card ever created in CFFC 62. Before we get into your scrap, talk to us about what it means to be on this card that sees the return of Santella and 4 title fights!
Piriz: Any time my phone rings for CFFC I automatically get pumped up as if it’s Christmas. I love to scrap man, and being able to throw down in that CFFC cage, there’s no comparison. The promotion speaks for itself. I’m blessed enough to be in there and always try to showcase what I can do on fight night. Sean Santella is a beast. I’ve never really sat down and talked to him but I’ve seen him fight and have followed him as the top 125 in the region. Guy should be in the UFC already and I’m sure with this win he might get that call back. As far as the other title fights… What CFFC title fight is not worth watching? Any CFFC title fight could easily be a headliner on a UFC card.
Man I love that, fighters that get excited to do their job! Also yeah I couldn’t have said it better in that all CFFC title fights are insanely good. Now speaking of an insanely good scrap, you square off against a very tough Ahsan Abdullah who just snapped a 4 fight losing streak by tapping out Quetin Gaskins via triangle. Talk to us about how this fight came about and is he someone you have looked at?
Piriz: I really wanted to fight before the end of the year again so when I got the call for a fight I automatically accepted knowing it was my last chance to fight before the end of the year. Word is he is a tough kid so I’m excited to test myself once again.
He is a Cortland guy and a Team Bombsquad guy so you know he is gonna bring it. When you look at him on tape what do you see? Is there anything you see that you fee you can exploit and where do you feel you have the advantages?
Piriz: Honestly, when looking him up I ran across a few videos. This was weeks ago. I watched those fight videos once and never again. I don’t like to focus on my opponent too much which is why I watch the fights once and that’s that. At this level all the guys are well rounded and durable. I think being the smarter fighter this fight takes me the way to victory.
Yeah, I would agree this level has no easy fights… straight savages especially in the CFFC. So where do you feel a win puts you in the division?
Piriz: With a win I would absolutely love a title shot. Why not? I’ll have six victories not to mention if I finish him, four of the six will be by finish. Should have been at least five but in one I broke my hand about 1:30 into the fight.
Man that would rule! Chris Piriz for a title shot… LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN! Now I was lucky enough to watch that great scrap between you and Sergio…. the battle wasn’t only in the cage as your fans and his fans went to cheering volume war haha, what do your fans mean to you if you could tell them one thing what would it be and why?
Piriz: When I’m in the cage I don’t hear anything but my coaches. After the fight I did hear about how the fans were going back and forth. It was a really good feeling hearing that for many reasons, especially because in futbol (soccer), Brazil and Uruguay have a really big rivalry that exist and makes the game so much better for both countries. I’m glad Sergio and I were able to bring that energy and pride for our countries to our sport.
Oh it’s glorious when fans battle like that. You’re an NYC guy and since the last time we spoke we got to have an epic UFC card at MSG, how was the energy around the city for it and what do you feel having pro MMA card in the city means for the sport?
Piriz: The energy for the UFC card in MSG was insane. I’m blown some certain guys didn’t fight on that card being from New York but it is what it is. I think the MSG cards will only get bigger and bigger with a New Yorker winning a world tittle there in the near future.
Yeah man, I am hoping to see MSG as a main spot because that was crazy. Ok man, I know time is short so before we let you go can we get a prediction on your bout, the main event and are there any people or sponsors you would like to mention?
Piriz: The prediction on my bout is that I will be the smarter fighter who really busted my ass for weeks and weeks training for a fight. Even prior to the call for this fight. It will all show on December 17. As far as for how I will win, I really don’t care. A win is a win to me. The main event is a very tough one to pick. If I absolutely had to pick, I would have to go with Santella. I believe his confidence and experience makes the difference.
I would just like to thank everyone such as you guys, ART of MMA, and others that give me the time of day to interview me or help me grow. I can’t do this without my training partners and coaches either. I love CFFC for always giving me the opportunity to fight at the highest regional level and the hard work people like Devon, Arias, Rob, Burt and others do is beyond this world for us fighters. My friends and fans that support me by buying and wearing me t shirts, by coming out to my fights and making noise, and everyone that tries to help from diets, to suggestions, to training. I like to thank everyone as I can’t thank them enough but before everything I like to thank my immediately family of mother and brother and definitely my fiancée who is the reason I am where I am today. She does everything she can to make sure I am healthy and ready to go for my next bout. My eleven month old Luca and my son on the way mean the world to me and are my biggest motivation.
Starts and ends with family and congrats on the upcoming son!!! Keep the legacy going. We wish you the best on the 17th and will be looking for you on Sunday for a video interview. Ok fight fans there you have it, Chris Piriz. Make sure to get over to Twitter and follow him and next up for us is the champ!!!!! Sean Santella!