South Tahoe fighter Chris Cocores seeks support in turning pro |

South Tahoe fighter Chris Cocores seeks support in turning pro

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Chris Cocores right after his accident and then after his recovery, before his comeback fight.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — After a harrowing display of grit and perseverance, South Lake Tahoe’s Chris Cocores is making the move to become a professional fighter. After experiencing setbacks and multiple losses, described in the recent Momentum Documentary, Cocores defied the odds in returning to the ring of mixed martial arts fighting. 

In December 2017, Cocores experienced seat belt syndrome, essentially severing him in half internally. Through a positive outlook and fierce determination Cocores looks forward to traveling abroad in October to train and prepare for leaving the amateur ranks behind and turning pro. 

“I’ll be going to Thailand, Guam, and Japan for starters. I’m doing an international tour to train and prepare for my long awaited pro debut,” Cocores said. “I’ll be training with top athletes and coaches around the world. I have a lot of big names welcoming me in with open arms internationally.”

Jan 2, 2018 Chris Cocores in the hospital one month post accident
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Cocores said he still needs more sponsorships for living expenses during his training. 

Cocores added, “My goal is $1,500-2,000/month for the year. I’m at $1,000 as of a few days ago so just looking for a little bit more before I leave.”

Previous sponsors include Barton Performance.

“Barton sponsors me with physical therapy and use of their facility but that was for a year,” Cocores said.

Cocores said he’s not sure where he stands with them but appreciates them deeply for their assistance in his recovery. 

Tahoe Green is a longtime sponsor of Cocores and remains his main partner. 

Jan 29, 2021 Chris Cocores at weigh-in for his comeback fight after the car accident.
Provided/Chris Cocores

“My minimum request is $250 per month. For a year or more. Or $3,000 up front. I believe you can do it as a tax write off too.” Cocores added, “And in return will do everything in my power to promote your business through my socials and all the press related stuff we do.”

Cocores has plans to be one of the first few stateside fighters to compete for, and win, an international belt when he competes in Thailand. After the time of touring, training and competing Cocores said he will return home to make his professional debut.

For those interested in providing sponsorship, contact Cocores at

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