By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans? Today I had the chance to catch up with undefeated pro-MMA fighter Carlos “The Cannon” Candelario. Carlos is 6-0 as a professional fighter and 11-0 total with 10 finishes. He won his last fight on May 12 at CES 44 via KO/TKO 1:12 into round 1. Let’s have a seat with Carlos and get to know him a little bit better.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Carlos: It means everything to me. I practice every day, twice a day. I’ve wanted to be a fighter since I was a teen.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Carlos: I started between the ages of 12 and 14. I did some wrestling in middle and high school and had a few injuries. I started boxing and training MMA around the age of 17.
Nick: With an amateur fight record of 5-0 what made you decide to go to the professional level?
Carlos: After winning golden gloves and my five fights it was becoming very hard to find opponents. That meant it was time for me to move up.
Nick: What camp do you train out of and how long have you been with them?
Carlos: I currently train at 4 gyms. New Britain Judo and Kickboxing, Underdog MMA, Jiu-Jitsu, and Strength Academy, and Hartford Boxing Center are where I call home. I have been with each gym for 5 years or more now.
Nick: Your nickname is The Cannon. Who gave it to you and why?
Carlos: My MMA coach Russell gave it to me. It goes well with my last name, and everyone in practice says I hit hard and explosive.
Nick: What would you say your best attribute is inside the cage?
Carlos: I would think my best attribute is I am very well rounded. I have the ability to finish from any position in the fight.
Nick: You are 11-0 (6-0 professional) with 10 finishes. With stats like that do you feel that you are being overlooked and off the radar to some?
Carlos: I feel I’ve been overlooked for a very long time. CES has been great in creating hype for me. I know my time will come.
Nick: You have a great striking ability and very technically sound on the ground, do you prefer a stand-up fight or taking it to the ground?
Carlos: I like to stand up and throw. I feel natural with my hands. I also really like when the ref pulls me off from a finish.
Nick: You have fought at flyweight, bantamweight, and catchweight in your career. What weight class are you most comfortable at? Which weight class do you plan to settle in?
Carlos: If it were my choice I feel 130 pounds is the perfect weight class. I still feel very fast and strong at 125 pounds. Flyweight is the division I would like to reach the top in.
Nick: With cutting weight and fighter safety always being a priority. What methods of cutting weight do you use? How much weight do you usually have to cut before a fight? Do you feel the weight cut has a major impact on your strength before a fight?
Carlos: I honestly just sit in a bath of hot water and sweat it out while watching motivational videos. I cut 5-8 pounds the week of the fight. I never really felt an impact when I perform.
Nick: At CES 44 you faced a tough opponent in Timothy Wheeler. You also had two fighters pull out of the same fight. Prior to getting into the cage did you think you would get the finish so quickly in the first round?
Carlos: Yes I do. I always believe my fight are going to be quick. I have a lot in my arsenal, and always feel it only takes one shot from me.
Nick: It has been said that there are fighters dodging you inside the cage at this point. Do you think there is any truth to that? If so why?
Carlos: I don’t think so. I know injuries do happen at crazy times in this sport. I have had my share of them for sure. I just think you have to do what makes sense at the moment.
Nick: Fighting under CES which is a great promotion and a dominant record do you feel like a title shot will be offered to you in the near future?
Carlos: Yes for sure. My teammate Matt Bessette has one and I know they can see me right there with him defending titles together.
Nick: What single piece of advice could you give to a new fighter starting their career?
Carlos: Make sure you want to do this because this has to be life. It isn’t easy by any means. There will be a lot of ups and downs in the fight game. If you work hard and don’t give up one day it will all pay off. Like me for example, if you told me a few years ago I would be fighting on television I wouldn’t have believed it. Look at where I am now with just a few years of hard work and dedication.
Nick: Carlos have you submitted to the takeover?
Carlos: This is Carlos “The Cannon” Candelario and I have submitted to the takeover.
Carlos is definitely a man on a mission. I have personally seen him fight and besides being very skilled he is very entertaining to watch. I believe that it is just a matter of time for him until he gets the call-up. I guess time will tell. I wish him all the best in his career. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA