Chris San Jose

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Chris San Jose ‘ready for the next step’ following successful title defense

After successfully defending his CageSport bantamweight title last month, Chris San Jose is ready to take his talents to a bigger stage.

The 31-year-old Oregon native defeated the previously unbeaten Timothy Lewis via unanimous decision in the main event of CageSport 60 to retain his title and extend his winning streak to three fights.

Following his seventh win of his eight fight pro career, San Jose joined to discuss the victory, suffering a partial MCL tear in the first round of the 135-pound title fight, how long he’ll need for recovery (which won’t be too long), how his MMA career began, his 3-year-old son asking him for his first striking lesson, how being a dad impacts his fight career, the support of his wife and how pivotal that is and more.

In addition, the Art of War MMA trained San Jose feels he is ready to compete against the best fighters in the world under the bright lights.

“Even before this fight, I’ve been ready,” San Jose told “You know how it is: it’s not the easiest to think you’re going to just jump into the next stage. As far as right now — how we’re looking at it, how mow management is looking at it — we’re ready for that next step. [We’re ready] for that next big show, whether it be Contender Series, UFC, and I’m really excited about it.

“I’m ready to test [myself] against the best at this point. I’ve been fighting the best in the Pacific Northwest for a few years now and I’ve gotten to see everything there. I’m ready for that next step so that’s what we’re looking at.”

Check out the full interview with Chris San Jose, currently the no. 1 ranked bantamweight in the Pacific Northwest, following his successful title defense at CageSport 60 in the video above.

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Mike Heck
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