Lincoln, R.I.– Before Fabio Cherant tries to climb to 2-0 against Ohio’s Letay Allen at CES 50 on Friday in Lincoln, R.I., the up-and-coming light-heavyweight sat down with FightBookMMA.
How did you first get into MMA?
That’s a good question. My dad got me a video game about ten or twelve years ago and it was the first Undisputed game. It was the one with Forrest Griffin on the cover. I got the game and started playing it. I started following the sport from there and the first fight I ever saw was Griffin against Stefan Bonner. It was the most exciting fight I’ve ever seen in my life. My brothers and I thought it’d be a good idea to get four oz. gloves, go into the backyard, and throw bombs at each other. From then on, I just fell in love with the sport. One day I decided to try it as a hobby and that hobby turned into something that I really loved. Two years later, I’m a 1-0 pro looking to go 2-0.
What was your amateur record?
My amateur MMA record was 3-1.
How do you feel about how you’ve established yourself in MMA so far?
For somebody who started two years ago, I think I’m pretty established. Like I said, I started two years ago with no experience whatsoever. I started out horsing around with my brothers in the backyard and look where I am, now. Not to toot my own horn or anything, that’s pretty good.
Do you think you’re the top prospect in your division in New England?
Nah, I can’t say that I am. I’d love to take that title but I’m sure there are other people around here. My teammate, ____ is the same record as me. There are a bunch of new 205ers with the same record. Do I think I’m different from them? Yes, very different – not the same at all. But we won’t know who’s the best for a couple of years. I’m just starting up, I can’t say that I’m one of the best.
What should your fans expect Friday?
Expect the unexpected. Expect me to come out and be calm. I’m going to be calm and throw bombs. I’m not getting paid by the hour. This guy is in for a world of pain. I’m going to murder this guy. I’m ready to go.