Before Charlie Alexander takes on Keith Olson in lightweight action at Valor 51 on July 21 in Johnson City, Tenn., LIVE on FloCombat, the up-and-coming lightweight spoke with FightBookMMA.
Did starting out 0-1 as a professional have any impact on how you’ve carried yourself the rest of your career?
I think you could say it did. It lit a fire under me. It’s not that I took it lightly, by any means – I hate losing. I hate having that loss on my record. It also set me up for the rest of my career where I got to fight a tough guy right off the bat – I learned a lot. Right now, I feel like I could go back and beat that guy, for sure. It’s a learning experience. It definitely did influence my career since I’m trying to not take another loss like that.
How does it feel to have two straight wins since then?
It feels good, man. Like I said, I learned a lot from that first fight. I’ve been training my whole life, this isn’t really anything new to me. I’ve started doing some new things and I’ve got smarter with the way I use my energy during a fight. I feel very strong and confident right now. I think I’m going to keep this streak going and keep winning until I get where I want to be.
Do you know much about Keith Olson as a fighter?
No, I don’t. I’ve watched one fight of his on Youtube – I think it was his first pro fight. I watched him go against my teammate Bryan Tidwell in a grappling match. But I don’t know too much about him.
What is the most likely outcome of this upcoming fight?
I’m going to finish him in the first round, more than likely. Maybe the second. But, I see myself coming in and beating this guy in every battle – from footwork to wrist control to head control. I’m going to take him down and he’s not going to take me down. I’m going to smash him. If he’s stays on his fight, I’m going to smash him there, too. I’m just going to break him.
What would you like to accomplish in the next twelve months?
I want to be known as the top lightweight in the Southeast. I want to get some big fights and fight some big-name people. I want to have three fights in the next twelve months and get to 5-1 or 6-1 and continue to grow as a fighter. I’m not going to beg to get into the UFC, I just want to build my legacy and influence people. I’m probably going to beat up Robert Hale in the next couple of months because he started to run his mouth today.