Chris Day was originally slated to come to Regina for Saturday NIght Fights Round 13 to corner his Toshido MMA training partner Matt Jelly. Just last week, the card was dealt a blow as one half of the main event had to drop out due to illness. Day didn’t hesitate to step into that void and will face Denys Zelenskyi this weekend.
“I’m very confident in every fight I go into,” said Day. “I’ll play it smart, and I have a good idea what he brings to the table, but I never formulate a specific gameplan. Short notice doesn’t matter, I’ll fight anybody anytime.”
A purple belt in Jiu Jitsu, Day has a lot of wins by submission, but said it’s always satisfying to get a knockout. He’ll never chase it though – rather, he tries to stay calm and just let it come. He feels the fight game is 80 per cent mental, and fighters can beat themselves before they even step in the ring.
“I’ve been overconfident and paid the price…thinking I was gonna run through someone, but he caught me off guard – it was a good lesson.”
Toshido is also the original home gym of one of the planet’s best welterweights, Rory MacDonald, who has been back training there in advance of a huge Bellator fight against Paul Daley next weekend. Day finds that super motivating, and also thinks that he’ll be able to realize his dream to be one of the best in the world while still always fighting out of his home town.
“I’m always going to stay in Kelowna. I’ll go and train at other gyms at times, but I’m never really going to leave Toshido. I love it here, there’s no reason to leave.”