Almighty Fighting Championship makes the Rainton Arena in Houghton le Spring their home for the second time in 2022 for Almighty FC 26 on June 25th.
The promotion has quickly established itself as one of the country’s most respected, well-run promotions, and running twelve shows in a calendar year is a testament to that.
Before the event takes place, here at Combat Sports UK, we intend to give readers a closer insight into the fighters competing on the card, bringing our latest series of ‘Get to Know’.
We spoke with amateur fighter Charlie Hatton who possesses a record of (3-1) thus far in his career.
Get to Know Charlie Hatton
How did Charlie Hatton find MMA? What is your earliest memory of the sport, and why is it a path you decided to pursue?
I always loved watching martial arts films as a kid and played the UFC game on PlayStation as a kid. When I got older, it’s something I knew I could do and defiantly be one of the best at, down to my work rate, dedication and self-belief
Other than fighting, do you have any other hobbies you like to participate in, or have you always been in some sort of combat sport?
No other hobbies. I used to like football when I was a kid, but no time for hobbies now. It’s just pure MMA training, watching tape and family.
At this level, many fighters are studying, working full time and training alongside that. How do you find the balance between that to ensure you get the quality training required? Do you find it difficult?
I don’t really think about balance. If you want to be great at what you do, there’s no such thing as balance, I work five days a week and train six days a week, yes, it’s hard, but I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to be the best in the world.
Every athlete has aspirations and goals they set out for themselves. Small goals or big goals, but what are your goals within the sport? This can be short-term or long-term?
My goals in life are to take each day as they come, train like a motherf**ker, eat good, rest and then go again the next day. That’s all I think about. If I can keep up with this daily, then all my big goals will come to be easy.
What do you like to do to relax and wind down when your mind is not focussed on training?
My mind is always focused on training. All I think about is training and getting better, but when I’m resting and recovering, it’s all family time for me.
How do you usually approach preparing for a fight? Are you somebody who likes to watch his opponent’s previous fights and game plan from there, or do you just focus on your own strengths and what you need to do on the night?
I don’t really watch too much of what my opponent does. I know what I do and how I’m going to win, and that is all that matters to me.
In your short journey thus far, who has been your biggest motivator?
All the champions and people are just generally getting after it. Anyone I see getting after it pushes me to do better. I improve every week without a doubt and always try to implement new strategies into my game. I’m always getting better.
Who is your favourite fighter, and what’s your greatest fight of all time?
I don’t really have a fav fighter. The Jon Jones, GSPs, Khabibs etc. of the sport are my favourites because that’s the level I’m aiming for.
Five years from now. Where do you want to be in terms of the sport?
Five years from now, I am going to be a high-level professional in the UFC.
What is your favourite discipline of MMA, and why?
I don’t have a particular favoured discipline, MMA as a whole is my game, and that’s it.
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