Interview: Charles Ontiveros

“My ground’s actually better than my stand-up.”

Charles Ontiveros

Interview by: Lance Edwards

Charles Ontiveros will be fighting his second fight for the Legacy Amateur Series this weekend.  His previous appearance at Legacy saw him winning over James Powell . We took the opportunity to speak to Charles and find out his thoughts on his upcoming fight.

TCD: How do you feel about your upcoming fight?

Charles: I’m really looking forward to it, I cant wait.

TCD: You fought at Legacy before, how did that go?

Charles: Well I was disappointed how I reacted on the ground really. My nerves got to me, and I didn’t react. My ground’s actually better than my stand-up, but I still managed to get the win.

TCD: You’ve trained with you dad for a long time, how long have you been doing martial arts?

Charles: Well I started training when I was six, so going on sixteen years. I started in Tae Kwon Do and got my black belt when I was ten. That was when I started doing Kenpo. When I was about seventeen I started doing MMA.

TCD: Your dad organizes the promotion on the reservation, East Texas MMA , did you find the experience fighting there of benefit?

Charles: Not as much as I’d hoped. It kind of got me ready for the big show, but I was still really nervous before the last fight.  I’m feeling much more confident this time, last time I was super nervous, I’m fine now.

TCD: Your fight is against Mike Jackson, how do you think it will play out?

Charles: Everyone is saying that he will want to keep the fight standing, I’d like to do that, and hopefully we’ll have a war. In my last fight you couldn’t see my ground, and although it’s better than my stand-up, I actually enjoy standup more, for me that makes it a more fun fight.

TCD: Do you train with anyone else?

Charles: Yes, there’s Armondo De Leon, he’s my striking coach. He puts it all together, I have BJJ coaches and Greco-Roman wrestling as well, but he’s the DJ of it all, and mixes it all together.

TCD: Anyone you’d like to thank?

Charles: Ryan Hollis has been helping me a lot. My brother David he’s also my height; my dad of course and Armondo.  I’m going to go out there and have fun.