The fight path for Austin Childers started by training jiu-jitsu in Georgia and ended up being asked by the coaches at Knuckle Up if he wanted to take a fight. At first, he was not totally sure about taking a mixed martial arts fight. However, he would take a fight and feel in love with the sport.
The amateur debut of Childers took place on September 13, 2014 and he defeated Johquavious McKinney by triangle choke submission at Summit Fighting Championships. He follow up that victory with four more defeats before suffering his first career defeat last year against Zac Cooper at Legacy FC 47.
Following the lost against Cooper, he returned to the cage two months later in December of last year and scored his fifth career win by submission as he defeated Alvin Simmons Jr. at NFC 80. He will return to the cage on Saturday night at Valor Fights 30 against Freddie Walker and along with the Valor Fights bantamweight title being on the line, this fight is a Regional UMMAF qualifier for the National Amateur Championships in Arizona.
Childers (6-1) was a guest on the February 4 edition of The MMA Report Podcast to discuss his upcoming fight, which he just views as another fight. While he understands what is at stake on Saturday night against Walker, it’s just another fight for him.
“It’s just another fight,” Childers said. “The title — it really does not mean that much. The fight and winning the fight is what matters.”
The complete interview with Childers from The MMA Report Podcast is below.