My name is Chuck “Cold Steel” O’Neil and I’m a professional MMA fighter.
Leading up to my fight, Pro MMA Now asked me if I’d be interested in sharing my thoughts leading up to the big day, and I was excited to get down to business.
I don’t look like what people picture in their heads as a stereotypical MMA fighter, so people are generally surprised when I tell them I fight for a living. I also wrestle, but that’s a different blog for a different day.
Anyway, here’s the story I tell them: I was a really aggressive kid growing up. I was completely different now than I was — MMA really re-directed my life and changed it for the better, making me a really focused person who’s dedicated to being the best I can be every day.
Now that that’s out of the way, I’m currently working on fighting my way back to the UFC, where I landed a few years ago after a stint on The Ultimate Fighter.
I’d hate to think people assess me based on those old fights, because I feel I’m at least 10-times better now than I was back then.
Also, I recently moved up to 185 pounds, which is a much better fit for me, and I train every day at Tim Burrell’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Providence, R.I., and at TriForce MMA, where I’m trained by my stud boxing coach, “Diamond” Dave Keefe.
This is just a bit of a crash course, introduction from 10,000 feet, but I’m looking forward to writing a lot more and letting everyone in on my training.
Until next time,