Charlie Dando 2-1-0 is an English professional Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Bantamweight division, representing ASW Manchester. He has competed for Preston based organisation UKFC and is due to take his second walk to the Battle Arena cage on August 6th.
I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Charlie, and also to congratulate you on your upcoming inclusion to the Battle Arena Stoke card.
“Hello Aaron, thank you for taking the time to talk to me.”
I hope your training camp has been going well in the build-up to your scheduled return to the cage?
“Yes, my training camp has gone really well, thank you. It has definitely been one of, if not the toughest camps to date. I believe this is my most dangerous opponent to date also, so I’ve been putting the work in.”
Under the guidance of some of the best coaches the UK has to offer at ASW, many gifted amateurs such as yourself and well-rounded professionals have thrived across the regional scene and beyond. What does it mean to you be part of the well-oiled machine that is ASW Manchester?
“It means everything to me, the boys at ASW are like brothers to me, and I’m enjoying growing and getting better day in and day out.”
Many of your teammates have thrived taking the walk down to the Battle Arena cage, Oliver Tero, Charlotte Cooper and Jack Mcloughlin just to name a few. When getting the call to be part of the stacked card in Stoke, was the notion of fighting at a place where many of your teammates have thrived taking the walk down to the Battle Arena cage, Oliver Tero, Charlotte Cooper Cooper just to name a couple, an offer you couldn’t refuse?
“No, I couldn’t. It’ll be nice to fight on the same card as the boys for once, as I’ve never fought on a card with this many of my teammates before. So it’s definitely something I look forward to, Battle Arena put on a good show so I’m looking forward to performing.”
This will be your 4th walk to the cage since making your debut back in the later part of 2021 at Preston-based organisation UKFC. To give the readers and fans that will be in attendance, what can they come to expect from you when you bring your prolific arsenal back to the Battle Arena cage?
“I hope to bring a high pace with a complete performance. showcasing my striking and grappling and then hopefully, a finish.”
On August 6th, you are set to take on Misfits MMA’s Bobby Carter, while sharpening your proverbial tools for war, have you taken some time to do anything in the way of research on Bobby in the build-up to your scheduled meeting?
“I have done a little, it’s always nice to get a rough idea of your opponent’s game. I have a plan in mind, but we will see what happens on fight night.”
Without giving too much away, what steps have you been taking to make sure you walk out of the Fenton Manor Sports Complex with your arm raised at the end of the night?
“I have been putting in plenty of striking work with the likes of James Power and Solomon Wickstead. Both have helped me so much in bringing out my striking on top of the usual work at ASW that Kam puts us through day in day out.”
I wish you all the best for August Bobby and I look forward to witnessing your journey unfold.
Last but not least do you have a message for the fans that will be in attendance and anybody you’d like to give a shout-out to?
“I just want to thank all the boys at ASW who push me day in, day out to be the best I can be.”