Combat Docket Prospect Report: Chris “Bukwas” Anderson

Chris “Bukwas” Anderson is a welterweight and middleweight fighter fighting out of Canada. He currently has a pro record of 6-0 after going 11-2 (record not totally clear) in the amateurs. He has finished 5 of his 6 pro fights by KO/TKO and finished 8 of his 11 amateur wins by KO/TKO as well, with another coming via disqualification. He trains out of Comex Valley Boxing Club, a lesser known gym that trains MMA fighters and boxers. Anderson’s fights have all taken place in Canada regionals, with him mainly focusing on the Battlefield Fight League promotion.

Some quick stats:

  • MMA Record: 6-0, 11-2 ?
  • Current Win Streak: 12
  • Nickname: “Bukwas”
  • Age: 27
  • Weight Class: Middleweight
  • Affiliation: Comox Valley Boxing
  • Height: 6’3″ (191cm)
  • Fighting out of: Comox Valley, British Columbia

Anderson’s career in BFL has been quite impressive, as he started there as an amateur, and won their amateur welterweight title. After going pro he fought previous amateur opponent Curtis Harris and won their professional welterweight title. Finally he moved up after two defenses and won their professional middleweight title.

Curtis Harriot, a fighter who fought Chris Anderson three times and lost more decisively each time, seemed like a good tipping point to see Anderson’s evolution as a fighter.

In their first fight as amateurs, Anderson was booed by the crowd and got taken down almost immediately. They struggled, as Anderson attempted an omoplata and used rubber guard on the ground. Anderson eventually reversed to top position but could do little as Harriot tied him up. In the second round, Anderson beat him to the punch with a takedown. He was again tied up and Harriot went for an armbar but Anderson rolled through. Both men seemed tired as Anderson swung wildly and Harriot struggled to keep his hands up. Harriot managed a takedown but the round came to an end, with the amateur fight making the rounds much shorter. An awkward clinch battle started the 3rd and Anderson got taken down into a scarf hold headlock position. Anderson struggled out and managed a takedown. From here Anderson managed to procure top position and controlled for a while, then had a front headlock while Harriot managed to find his way to his feet. Harriot failed a few takedown attempts before time ran out. Anderson won an unanimous decision, 29-28 on all scorecards, but the fight was incredibly close and it could be argued Anderson lost the fight as a whole.

Their second fight was as pros and the stakes were additionally higher as Harriot had risen quickly through the BFL ranks to become their welterweight champion. This one started a bit different as Anderson threatened Harriot with a few heavy punches. However, Anderson got taken down again quite early. This time his counter came faster, a leglock attempt that wasn’t fully applied but clearly vexed Harriot as he struggled to escape. Anderson got to his feet and managed a takedown of his own. Harriot worked for a kimura and rolled but Anderson made it to his feet. They then struggled in clinch and takedown positions against the cage. Eventually the fight returned to standing striking where Anderson now looked much more threatenng and technical. He then stuffed a takedown attempt by Harriot despite Harriot realy fighting for it and battered him against the cage briefly before the bell. The second round started standing and Anderson had an edge in striking before catching a kick and taking Harriot down. His top position appeared to be heavier now as Harriot struggled and couldn’t get his legs in the way or tie Anderson up like he had in the first fight. Anderson controlled Harriot on the ground for a time and started throwing more ground and pound, then stood up and delivered two heavy punches that left Harriot stunned and caused the referee to step in. Anderson looked much improved in this fight while Harriot didn’t seem to bring anything new to the table.

Their third fight started standing and Harriot looked probably sharper than he had before. Anderson caught a kick but couldn’t get a takedown, but Harriot attempted a few takedowns of his own and they were all shucked off, a night and day difference from the first fight and better than the second. Harriot showed some accuracy and striking improvement as he connected with a spinning back kick and spinning backfist in short order. Anderson struggled and managed a takedown attempt. Harriot tried to use a kimura to sweep again but was not successful like he was in the second fight, though he did return to his feet shortly. Anderson landed a knee from an unusual angle, then a hammerfistlike right similar to the recent Kimball-Stansbury fight, which dropped Harriot. Anderson landed one left hand shot while standing over Harriot and then another since the ref inexplicably bent over at the waist to stare without stopping the fight.

The Anderson-Harriot trilogy proved to be a good way to judge Anderson, as he evolved from Harriot being an opponent he struggled with to a guy he dispatched of in round 1. He made very marked improvements in his striking and takedown defense in this time, with other aspects seeming to improve as well.

Overall, Harriot seems like a strong prospect. It’s a little hard to say what level he’s at as he’s been a regional fighter who hasn’t fought fighters who were highly experienced or UFC veterans. But he has significant KO power and has shown a capacity to grow and improve. MMA Fighting’s interesting article on him [LINK] also indicates he’s motivated to fight by more than himself. It seems very likely he will make a major league promotion sometime in the near future.

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