Chris Spang: Model Fighter
By Stacey Gualandi
I can’t think of who Chris Spang looks like more: one of the two Ryans (Reynolds and Gosling, naturally) or DJ Calvin Harris. But I can tell you one thing he doesn’t look like, and that’s a fighter. With his chiseled good looks and lean, 6 foot-plus frame, the Swedish-born 28 year old seems better suited for a photo shoot than a boxing ring. But don’t let this knockout fool you. These days, the former UFC fighter-turned-model can be seen in both.
Spang grew up in the tiny southern Swedish village of Vaxjo with his parents and older brother, Andreas. As young boxers, both boys had dreams of turning professional; however, it seemed an untenable dream, being from such a small place. “All the people in our village, when we said we wanted to do this they were just laughing at us because everyone lives there, works there, and dies there. They never leave,” says Spang.
Two decades later, Spang is now based in Las Vegas and best known as “ Chris the Kiss,” following an impressive amateur career in Sweden and professional contracts with Strikeforce, UFC, and RFA here in the states. He’s also recently landed a one-two punch by signing with Elite Management, where he is quickly becoming a sought-after model.
We caught up with Spang at the famous Fight Capital Training Center—home to iconic fighters Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. He is immersed in hardcore training for a fight in early June. “ I just sparred with [MMA champ] Evan Dunham. He is a great fighter and I’ ve learned so much from him,” says Spang. “ I’ m working with manager Jimmy Binns Jr., and I’ m going back to Sweden—back to my roots this month—and I’ m super excited about that.”
Spang says it wasn’t easy leaving Sweden, but that he’s now much closer to reaching his new goal of winning the World Champion title. “ I feel stronger now than I ever have,” he adds. There’ s no doubt he’ ll reach his goal…and look good getting there.
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