Crestview resident balances home and work life as rising MMA star


Representing the amateur mixed martial arts club, the Miami Punch, Crestview resident Chris Francis, right, lands a punch on Aaron Harvey of the Chicago Havoc at a Fighters Source competition in February. Francis, who is 11-0 when competing in the Fighters Source amateur MMA tournament, will travel to London next month to represent the U.S. in the Fighters Source Amateur MMA World Challenge.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 02:50 PM.

CRESTVIEW — When Chris Francis is not with his family or on the clock at Baker Metal Works, you might find him working out in Fort Walton Beach. 

But these training sessions aren't just for physical fitness; they're also preparing him for competition.

You see, Chris “The Frustrator" Francis is an amateur mixed martial arts fighter, and his talents are taking him to a world tournament next month in London, England.

As part of the Fighters Source international amateur MMA league, Francis, 29, has earned a spot on an eight-member team representing the United States while competing with seven countries in the Amateur MMA World Challenge.


Chris said he earned his nickname after training with his older brother, James, a former MMA fighter. Chris said his brother grew frustrated from trying — unsuccessfully, again and again — to pin his younger brother down.  

After several training sessions with James, Chris took the next step.

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