Will “The Kill” Chope signs to UFC – Set to debut at ‘UFC Singapore’

Will “The Kill” Chope has been fighting and training in Asia for the past 4 years. “The Kill” begun his career in 2010 and within just under 4 years he is set to make his UFC debut at UFC Singapore on January 4th.

Chope has had somewhat of a Cinderella story build up. In the beginning MMA was a tough path for the 6’4″ 193 cm Featherweight, Chope actually lost 3 of his first 4 fights. With a record sitting at 3-1, many may begin to lose direction or faith in there chosen path.


Chope bit down hard on his pride and put training onto the next level, he trained at what was then the very new on the scene Phuket Top Team MMA Training Camp in Thailand. The outcome was a great win that turned Will’s career around.

From this point on Will went an incredible 18-1 with fights across Asia in promotions such as URCC, DARE,PRO FC and MFC.


Chope has fought and trained across Asia, with Phuket Top Team in thailand, coaching at MuayFit in Malaysia and training with his band of warriors and fellow fighters at “Team Buffet” (consisting of Aj Pyro, Mark Striegle, Ann Ossman, Yuji Hoshino & Nathalie Heidel)

The tale shows that Will “The Kill” Chope is on a 14 fight win streak with his last win via TKO over Takumi Nakayama (former King Of The Cage champion & King Of Pancrase champion)

Will has recently had a baby boy (Adonis) who is just 10 months old, as Chope signs his UFC contract. The timing could not have been better as Will looks to prove the hours spent working to make a career, will be worth it for the spoils and glory of the ultimate challenge on the world biggest stage – the UFC.


Fight Sport Asia sat down 1 on 1 with Will “The Kill” Chope and found out a little more about the worlds tallest MMA Featherweight fighter.

How long have you been fighting in Asia?

Chope: I actually started fighting in Asia in June 2010. Toward the end of 2010 I went back to the US for a few months and took a few fights until Feb 2011 I moved back out to Asia. Nearly my entire Adult life I have been living and fighting over here.

When did you find out about your ufc signing and how?

Chope: I knew going into my last fight Sean Shelby (UFC matchmaker) was interested to see how I’d fare against Takumi. After I won my manager let him know and things happened fast with the contract signing.

How did you feel upon signing with the ufc?

I definitely feel stoked about signing with the UFC. At the same time it will mean nothing if I don’t win. So definitely staying focused. 

Where will you be fight camping for the UFC debut in Singapore January 4th Vs Max Holloway?

I’ll be returning back to Phuket Top Team and spending the rest of my fight camp at PTT.

Really excited to get back and train under the Leone brothers and Prof. Olavo Abreu again.

how do you feel about making your debut Vs Max Holloway (7-3 career & 3-3 UFC record)?

He’s a UFC Vet so definitely want to get the win, make a statement and show everyone why I belong in the UFC.


The Ultimate Fighting Championship® live from Marina Bay Sands on 4 January 2014.

All eyes will be on Singapore as Jake ‘The Juggernaut’ Ellenberger and former Strikeforce Champion Tarec ‘Sponge’ Saffiedine clash in a 5-round welterweight clash at UFC® Fight Night Singapore: Ellenberger vs. Saffiedine at the Marina Bay Sands on January 4th.

Book your tickets now at http://bit.ly/1er2PDo

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