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Chase Beebe: I Want to Fight the Best


Bellator 75: Chase Beebe vs. Bo Harris

I want to fight the best. I live to test myself.”Chase Beebe


by Matt Lo Cascio

Gilbert Grappling’s Chase Beebe remains one of Chicago’s busiest fighters.

The former WEC bantamweight champion fought six times for five different promotions in 2012, winning all six fights. He suffered a set back at Bellator 90 in February, dropping a decision to Travis Marx.

Next up for Beebe is a trip to Finland to fight Tom Niinimäki at Energia Arena. Having fought overseas in the past, it won’t be new for him, but it is always a challenge.

“It’s different. It’s definitely an adjustment but I have grown to learn that a fight is a fight regardless of where you are and you have to find a way to win either way,” Beebe told Chicago’s MMA.

Niinimaki (18-5) may not be a household name here in the states, but he is well-known in Europe and he will have his hometown crowd behind him in Finland. He’s won nine straight fights and has fought Hatsu Hioki, Bendy Casmir and Per Eklund.

Local fight fans might remember Niinimaki from his fight against Tristan Yunker for Ironheart Crown back in 2006. Ray Flores recalls that Eric Moon flew Niinimaki in for the fight, and Yunker made him tap from a rear-naked choke just 1:34 into the first round.

“He is a very tough opponent and I think it’s going to make for an awesome fight and a great show. I’m looking forward to competing against such a tough opponent. It will be a good test for me,” Beebe said.

Beebe’s always up for a challenge. The main challenge with Niinimaki will be dealing with his ground game. He’s scored submission wins in five of the nine fights in his current streak.

“My sub defense is probably the best part of my game, so I’m not too worried about that. But I’m going to use what I’m good at to make it my fight. I want to fight the best I live to test myself and to move forward by getting better, so I will always fight who ever is put in front of me. I have never turned down a fight.”

On top of fighting, Beebe and his brothers Carson and Conor own and operate Beebe Trained, a gym they opened late last year.

“The gym is going great. Wrestling club is doing really good and Carson and I are starting to build up some MMA classes. Anyone can come in and check it out on Wednesdays.”

Beebe Trained is in La Grange at 300 S. Washington, Unit D.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is the former play-by-play announcer for the XFO and other organizations, and he has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided, and more.

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