The greatest glory isn’t always the act of never falling, but rising every time we fall.

In the grueling regime of combat sports, fighters will most likely experience this. The physical damage of the human anatomy, the frustration of unmet expectations, to that mental doubt that questions one’s position and fortitude. All of these are enough to make anyone throw in the towel and quit. However, these misfortunes also have the ability to inspire, motivate, and strengthen a person to continue pushing forward in the chase of capturing their goals.

From the small city of Spring, Texas, Michael Chase Corley has had his share of challenges that comes with being a fighter. An avid competitor of Muay Thai Kickboxing, Corley has never tried taking the easy path in making a name for himself. No walk out shirts, no promotional schemes, no gimmicks, it’s been pure business for the past 13 years for this native of Texas in all areas.

“I am a guy that always accepted a challenge and never took an easy route,” Corley told The MMA Corner. “Muay Thai and competing has been a big part of my life, which keeps me focused whether I’m doing my routine sessions or training intensely for an upcoming fight. I don’t go to concerts or bars. I train, go home, sleep, and repeat.”

This mentality has taken Corley very far in his career, highlighted with competing in 10 countries, coached in five countries, and participation in the reality fight show “The Muay Thai Challenger”, among other honors along his journey.

“The highs are what drive me. There is no better feeling than fighting in front of a large audience getting the opportunity to challenge big fight names,” Corley said. “I have competed against champions of WMC, WBC, and WPMF. I was also fortunate to get selected to the Challenge Reality show which opened my eyes to the real international level of Muay Thai, which also got me a lot of fight opportunities.”

On the flip side, Chase has also had his share of low points in his career. The frustration of injuries, low pay cuts, and tough losses soon took its toll on Corley, resulting in his departure from Muay Thai competition in 2013. Time away found Corley pursuing other ventures while staying connected to the sport he loves. Striking coach for UFC fighters, referee, Muay Thai Promoter in Houston, and even pro boxing competitor, Corley took on many roles in sharing his knowledge with others.However, in the midst of his involvement in these activities, a burning competitive flame would reignite which would pave the way for his return to Muay Thai action.

“Looking back, I feel my brief departure from Muay Thai was a stupid decision out of anger. I am 29 years old and still feel I have a lot of fight left in me. The rush I get from training and fighting can’t be matched by anything. I couldn’t sit around anymore.”

Rekindling his passion, Corley has been very active since his return. Coming out short in a hard-fought battle against Antonine Pinto, his lust for competing against the best in the world hasn’t changed one bit. Pressing forward, he doesn’t look to be stopping this routine any time soon. A major fight against Marco Pique at Legacy Kickboxing Show is on the horizon.

And while many questions remain, Corley is back for the long haul.


About The Author

Monta Wiley
Staff Writer

Monta Wiley is an aspiring sports journalist that has covered the world of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been a regular contributor to US Combat Sports. Monta has a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Administration from California State University-Los Angeles. Outside of his writing, you can find Monta at the gym honing his BJJ technique.