MMA Fighter Making a Big Name for Himself
Chance “Black Eagle” Rencountre may be from a small town of 3,500 in northeastern Oklahoma, but he’s making a big name for himself.
The undefeated MMA fighter--11-0—captured another win on Saturday, October 12 at the C3 Championship MMA Fights at First Council Casino and Hotel in Newkirk, Oklahoma.
“Being 11-0 is awesome… I want to be undefeated my entire career,” said Rencountre. “It is one of the goals I set when I first started.”
Rencountre, 26, is a member of the Osage Nation and grew up in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. His mother, Connie Rencountre, encouraged him to participate in sports at a young age. He began wrestling at age four and continued with that sport through college. He attended Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas and was named the Academic National Champion and Wrestling All-American in 2008.
“I was a late-developer in high school and didn’t have a growth spurt until 10th grade,” said Rencountre, who is 6’2” and 185 pounds. “In college is where I took my wrestling to another level.”
In 2010, he attended Fort Hays State University on a wrestling scholarship. In his first semester, he was ranked first in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association and eighth in the nation.
But that same year, he was dismissed from the FHSU wrestling team after being charged with aggravated battery after allegedly punching a freshman in the face, according to The University Leader, FHSU’s online newspaper.
“Getting kicked off of the wrestling team my senior year in college was the hardest thing I had to go through,” Rencountre said. “But I had to work through it and stay positive.”
After that experience, Rencountre decided to pursue Mixed Martial Arts.
“Wrestlers go to the Olympics or start coaching after college,” he said. “Wrestlers however, can conform to MMA and I wanted a career in something. I knew I didn’t want to work in construction for the rest of my life.”
That’s when Rencountre got an offer to help train UFC fighters. In 2011, his uncle, Cloyd Easley Jr., helped him buy a plane ticket and he moved to California to work at the Alliance Training Center in Chula Vista.
“I took an opportunity and ran with it,” Rencountre said. “I wrestled with Phil Davis, a professional MMA fighter for the UFC and I took him down.”
Rencountre has been back to California several times and has been working with Striking Coach, Daniel Rhodes.
With Rhodes’s help, Rencountre won two titles: In April 2012, he won the Welterweight Title at the Battle @ the Fort VI held in Hays, Kansas; and in November 2012, he won the Titan Tournament of Champions 2 in Kansas City.
When he isn’t training he is back home in Oklahoma making extra money as a carpenter or relaxing at home with his girlfriend, Kady King and daughter Suri in Nebraska.
After being denied sponsorship from the Osage Casino, Rencountre decided to go door-to-door in his hometown asking for help.
Luckily, Rencountre was able to get sponsorship from Native American-owned businesses Blue Star Studio Ink, Cedar Chest, Spurs and Arrows, On-Hand Printing, Buffalo Nickel and Freeman Ranch.
“We live in a small town. When any one person is doing outstanding, it's just a natural thing for the community to come behind that one person to support and push them to be the best they can be,” said Alexis Rencountre, Chance’s sister.
Alexis is constantly thinking of ideas of how to help her brother and recently had a fundraiser in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
“This is part of my duty as a sister--to take care of him,” said Alexis. “He has a dream that he wants to pursue, and if I had a dream, I know he would do the same for me.”
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