Chad Anheliger is primed for the spotlight ahead of his UFC 279 bout against Heili Alateng on September 10.
“The Monster” has fought twice under the UFC banner, debuting on Dana White’s Contender Series and following up with another win at his second fight at the UFC Apex. September 10th will mark his first UFC fight in front of a sold-out crowd, and it just so happens to be in the fight capital of the world.
“Man, I got like jitters thinking about the fight and the fans – It feels different, I’m really excited for it – It gets me going and I’m the type of fighter that feeds off that. I love the energy of the crowd and I know I’m going to put on an awesome fight for them.”
While Anheliger is eagerly anticipating the crowd factor in this fight, he is less sure about what to expect from his opponent Heili Alateng. “The Mongolian Knight” is perceived as an unpredictable fighter who has been in many different situations in the cage. Based on Heili’s last few performances, the Canadian is unsure of what is to come.
“It’s still a hard read because you don’t really know – you don’t really know what he wants to do in there.”
“I mean, it’s pretty tough to criticize a guy for not wrestling when he’s getting some knockouts. And he does get knockdowns and I think he rocked both those fighters in both those fights. So, I really don’t know what to expect out of him. I do think that I can dictate the pace and where the fight’s going to happen.”
While Anheliger is cruising on a ten-fight winning streak, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t had to overcome adversity recently. It’s been seven months since his last bout, and according to Anheliger, his overall health was the reason for that.
“I was pretty banged up actually from the (Strader) fight, I went in pretty banged up too. I had some meniscus problems in my knee. I hurt it like, first week of training camp and I just, you know, taped it up and trained right through because it wasn’t anything too debilitating. I didn’t want to pull out, I wanted that fight. I liked the matchup and I don’t want to be the guy that pulls out of fights.”
His fight with Jesse Strader only made matters worse, as he took even more damage, setting his health back even further.
“In the fight, I took a lot of damage too. I took a lot of kicks and my leg was banged up and my arm was banged up. I’m a big believer in full recovery from fights. So, it took a while, it took a couple of months.”
When it comes to his anticipated performance at UFC 279, Anheliger is looking for nothing short of a dominant finish. He made it abundantly clear that his goal is to leave no doubt in the cage.
“I got a lot of confidence in my skills. I just don’t plan on letting (him) hang around that long this time. I don’t want it to be (that) close. I want to just beat this guy up, get him out of there.”
Chad “The Monster” Anheliger is a 35-year-old male fighter from Canada with 12 pro wins and 5 losses. Anheliger is scheduled to fight Heili Alateng at UFC 279: Chimaev vs. Diaz on Saturday, September 10, 2022.
Chad Anheliger’s recent form coming into this matchup
Chad Anheliger has gone 5-0 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.
- Win vs Jesse Strader • KO/TKO R3 3:33 • 2022-02-19
- Win vs Muin Gafurov • Decision R3 5:00 • 2021-09-07
- Win vs Brady Hiestand • KO/TKO R3 0:37 • 2019-11-30
- Win vs Craig Maclean • KO/TKO R3 1:29 • 2019-04-13
- Win vs Terrence Chan • KO/TKO R1 3:22 • 2018-11-30
Chad Anheliger’s next opponent: “The Mongolian Knight” Heili Alateng
“The Mongolian Knight” Heili Alateng’s recent form coming into this matchup
“The Mongolian Knight” Heili Alateng is a 30-year-old male fighter from China with 15 pro wins and 8 losses. Alateng is scheduled to fight Chad Anheliger at UFC 279: Chimaev vs. Diaz on Saturday, September 10, 2022.
Heili Alateng has gone 3-1-1 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.
- Win vs Kevin Croom • KO/TKO R1 0:47 • 2022-04-16
- Draw vs Gustavo Lopez • Decision R3 5:00 • 2021-09-18
- Loss vs Casey Kenney • Decision R3 5:00 • 2020-10-03
- Win vs Ryan Benoit • Decision R3 5:00 • 2019-12-21
- Win vs Batgerel Danaa • Decision R3 5:00 • 2019-08-31
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