|Born||August 10, 1983|
|Height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Weight||254 lb (115 kg; 18 st 2 lb)|
|Fighting out of||San Jose, California, United States|
|Team||American Kickboxing Academy|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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Chi Lewis-Parry (born 10 August 1983) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing as a heavyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He has formerly competed for ONE Championship, BAMMA and UAE Warriors, where he was the heavyweight champion.
He is a former kickboxer, competing with Glory and Ultimate Challenge MMA K1, where he was the heavyweight champion.
He is a former basketball player, who played as a forward with the Surrey Scorchers during the 2012 season.
Martial arts career
Chi Lewis-Parry trained to be a basketball player as a child, citing Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan as early role models. His dream of playing in the NBA wouldn't come through however. He deemed the offer he received from the Los Angeles Lakers unsatisfactory, saying: "Then they came back with this garbage offer of, I could play in the D-League and they would give me $1,500 a month, which was not much better than I was getting (in the U.K.), but I still had to get my own accommodations." In 2011, at the invitation of his friend, he transitioned into kickboxing.
After making his transition into kickboxing in 2011, Lewis-Parry fought under the banner of Ultimate Challenge MMA. Amassing four decision victories, he would eventually become the organization's K1 heavyweight champion.
A year later, he would make his mixed martial arts debut. Still under the banner of Ultimate Challenge MMA, he faced Ollie Beard during UCMMA 26. He won his debut fight, by way of TKO, in the second round.
In his second fight he defeated Nikki Kent by a knee KO, ending the fight after just 8 seconds. In his third fight he submitted David Gregory with a kneebar. He would earn his second career submission win during Kayo MMA 10, submitting Arkadiusz Dorocki with a guillotine choke. The win streak would continue, as he scored a TKO win over Stephen Lambert.
Moving to ONE Championship he faced Alain Ngalani. The bout ended in a no-contest in the first round, after an accidental groin strike. They would rematch two months later. Parry won the bout by way of TKO, after the referee was forced to stop the bout, following a series of unanswered elbows.
In his first fight with GLORY, Chi Lewis-Parry entered as a heavy favorite over the South Korean Yong Soo Park. He would prove his favorite status right, as he needed just 25 seconds to put Park away. This would earn him a place in the four-man GLORY heavyweight qualification tournament.
Entering the tournament, Chi would score a first round KO over Demoreo Dennis. He himself would suffer a KO loss in the next round, losing to Xavier Vigney.
He was then set to return to mixed martial arts, as he was supposed to fight for the inaugural ONE Championship Heavyweight title against Brandon Vera. Lewis-Parry was replaced by Paul Cheng shortly before the fight, as he failed to submit his medicals and drug tests for the fight. Lewis Parry has said he had submitted both his drug tests and medicals numerous times before the fight, with ONE failing to contact him for the latest tests. ONE Championship claims otherwise.
After his bid to become the ONE Championship heavyweight champion fizzled out, he returned to Glory, after over a year out of the ring. He was scheduled to face Maurice Greene. He won the fight by KO.
He was next scheduled to rematch Xavier Vigney during Glory 33, but Xavier pulled out due to injury. Lewis Parry defeated the replacement, Anthony McDonald, with a TKO, after the ringside doctor stopped the fight.
Return to mixed martial arts
Looking to return to MMA, Lewis-Parry signed with BAMMA and was set to face Maurice Jackson. The fight was later cancelled, as Jackson failed his pre-fight medicals. He then fought Stav Economou for the interim BAMMA heavyweight title, but the fight ended in a no-contest, due to illegal elbow strikes. His next fight, against Łukasz Parobiec ended in a majority draw, despite Lewis-Parry being the huge betting favorite.
Moving away from BAMMA he fought Ibrahim El Sawi at UAE Warriors 5, winning the bout by way of TKO. He fought a rematch with Łukasz Parobiec, but the fight once again ended in a draw. His last fight outside of the UFC was for the UAE Warriors Heavyweight title, which he secure with an 8 second knockout of Mahmoud Hassan.
Championships and accomplishments
- UAE Warriors
- UAE Warriors Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- Ultimate Challenge MMA
- UCMMA K1 Heavyweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|12 matches||8 wins||0 losses|
|Win||8–0-2||Mahmoud Hassan||KO (Punch)||UAE Warriors 7||5 July 2019||1||0:08||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Won the UAE Warriors Heavyweight title.|
|Draw||7–0-2||Łukasz Parobiec||Draw (Decision)||Rise of Champions 7||2 March 2019||3||5:00||Brentwood, England|
|Win||7–0-1||Ibrahim El Sawi||TKO (Punches)||Abu Dhabi Warriors 5||26 January 2019||2||0:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Draw||6–0-1||Lukasz Parobiec||Draw (Majority)||BAMMA Fight Night London - McKee vs. Brazier||28 June 2018||2||5:00||London, England|
|NC||6–0||Stav Economou||NC (Illegal Elbow Strikes)||BAMMA 34 - Lohore vs. Brazier||9 March 2018||1||1:36||London, England||For the BAMMA Interim Heavyweight Title|
|Win||6–0||Alain Ngalani||KO (Elbows)||One FC 18 - War of Dragons||11 July 2014||1||4:07||Taipei, Taiwan|
|NC||5–0||Alain Ngalani||NC (Accidental Knee to Groin)||One FC 16 - Honor and Glory||30 May 2014||1||N/A||Kallang, Singapore|
|Win||5–0||Stephen Lambert||TKO (Punches)||Heat Sports 2||7 December 2013||1||3:50||Essex, England|
|Win||4–0||Arkadiusz Dorocki||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||Kayo MMA 10||7 September 2013||1||0:17||Watford, England|
|Win||3–0||David Gregory||Submission (Kneebar)||Colosseum Sports Challengers 2||9 June 2013||1||2:25||Surrey, England|
|Win||2–0||Nikki Kent||KO (Knee)||Dynamite Fight Series 4||17 March 2013||1||0:08||Crawley, England|
|Win||1–0||Ollie Beard||TKO (Punches)||UCMMA 26 - The Real Deal||5 February 2012||2||1:29||London, England|
|Kickboxing record (Incomplete)|
8 wins (4 KOs), 1 losses, 0 draw
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
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