Before Nashville’s Charlie Alexander returns to action at Valor Fights 40 on February 11 in Nashville, LIVE on FloCombat, the former Valor Fights Amateur Lightweight Champion caught up with MMA Mad.
Q: Which career do you enjoy more — being a MMA fighter or a police officer?
A: They’re both equally rewarding to me (laughs). With MMA, I get to show my competitive side and be an athlete. At night, I put the uniform on and try to help people. I became a police officer because I love to help people. I want to go into the situations most people don’t want to see and deal with. I don’t have a favourite, to be honest with you. I love both of them, and they’re both equally rewarding.
Q: How do you balance the two jobs?
A: I dedicate my life to it. I don’t have many friends, I don’t go out. I’ve dedicated my life to being a martial artist and a police officer. I train, I go to work, I train during my lunch break, I work, then I do more MMA. It’s just all I do. If you half-ass it, you’re not going to do well, and I’m not focused on anything else right now.
Q: How beneficial was your time spent training at Team Alpha Male before this fight?
A: It was very beneficial. Being in that environment with so many high-level fighters, it was awesome. Some of the best fighters in the world train at Team Alpha Male. I got to go in there and train with them, and we weren’t playing around. We were all in there throwing down. Urijah Faber was my idol when I started. I never thought I’d get the opportunity to train alongside him. The whole experience showed me where I am, and what I have to do to go to the next level.
Q: Do you have any predictions for your upcoming bout at Valor Fights 40 on February 11 in Nashville?
A: My prediction is that I’m going to win and beat the guy in every aspect of the game. I don’t know much about my opponent, but I don’t see him being better at anything than me. I’m going to do what I want.
Q: Where would you like to be five years from today?
A: I would just like to be a successful MMA fighter. I want to make a name for myself. I don’t have to be in the UFC, but I want to be known in the MMA world. And I also want to impact people’s lives. My life is MMA, but I’m also a police officer. I’m always encouraging people to be fit and stay active. You definitely don’t have to be a fighter, but I encourage everyone to stay fit.