At this point in his life, Bellator heavyweight Dan “The Man” Charles feels like things couldn’t be going any better. Both in his personal life and professional life, Charles is making positive strides and believes himself to be at the top of his game.
“I recently started a sales company and it’s very profitable and it’s growing exponentially every month and I just had my first child about a year and a half ago,” Charles told MMAWeekly.com. “Things are just progressing beautifully for me in my personal and professional lives.
“In my fighting life, I’m coming off a giant win over Chase Gormley. It’s been really good. I’ve been progressing mentally, spiritually and physically by leaps and bounds. It’s been very positive for me.”
Five years and nearly 15 fights into his MMA career, Charles feels he’s right on track with where he should be in regards to his development as a fighter.
“As far as where I’m training, how I’m training, the people I’m training with and coaches, I’ve made the best decisions possible with the situation I’ve been given,” said Charles. “Mainly my mental ability is the best thing I’m learning to coach and cultivate. That’s been the biggest positive in the last year or two for sure.”
Charles (10-3) will seek to pick up his fourth win in five fights when he takes on Augusto Sakai (9-0) in a heavyweight main card bout at Bellator 155 on Friday in Boise, Idaho.
“He’s young, he’s hungry, he’s undefeated and is coming off a decent win,” Charles said of Sakai. “I think what I need to do to beat him is what I’ve done before, just implement my game plan, be faster, be more powerful, be explosive, and make sure my technique is on-point.
“I go to finish fights. As long as I go in there and do what I’m supposed to do, I don’t see how this could play out any differently than a finish.”
Picking up a win on May 20 will further Charles’ goal to go after the Bellator heavyweight championship possibly sometime in the not too distant future.
“Obviously as a fighter, I fight to get that belt,” said Charles. “I’m not here to just hang out and be a middle of the road guy. I want to be a contender. I want to be a guy who is fighting Top 10, Top 5 guys until I get a title shot.
“Beating a tough, undefeated guy like Sakai will put me right back as an up and coming contender who is in the hunt for a title shot. The ball is in my court, so to say, and I really have to go out there and make a statement like I did in my last fight.”