New England’s Next: Fabio Cherant keeping his passport ready, has message for Dana White

Fabio Cherant (second from left) celebrates with his team. Credit: Will Paul, CES MMA

Fabio Cherant (5-1) has made ripples on the regional scene, even getting a much-deserved shot on Contender Series (DWCS). But Cherant wants more.

Standing at 6’1″, the light heavyweight from Wrentham, Massachusetts is keeping his passport ready if a fight falls through and somebody is needed on the UFC’s ‘Fight Island.’

“Give me the shot,” Cherant told MMA-Prospects, directing his plea to UFC President Dana White. “Let me show you I’m not the same fighter I was a year ago. I do belong in the UFC. Give me the shot, one-fight deal, and if I embarrass myself, you’ll never hear from me again. My manager has me keeping my passport ready.”

Cherant, also known as the “Water Buffalo,” is coming off of an impressive submission victory at LFA 86. It was on DWCS that Cherant suffered his only professional loss to date. Getting the shot as a 4-0 professional out of CES MMA, Cherant struggled dealing with the loss but believes it has only made him stronger since coming to terms with the blemish on his record. Plenty has attempted to bring him down, but it was LFA 86 that reminded him who he was, even overcoming personal loss.

“I was dealing with a lot for that year,” Cherant recalled. “Battling with finding my confidence again. I wasn’t sure where I stood in the fight game. Getting the opportunity to fight for LFA was when everything switched gears; my mindset changed. I was smooth, calm, and felt ready to fight. I remembered where I stood in this game. I lost my uncle the week of the fight. It was just a tough time, but the emotion to win that fight was special.”

This sport wasn’t always a way of life for Cherant, who had four amateur fights before turning professional in the sport. But fighting has always been a part of his life.

“I’ve always been fighting man,” said Cherant.

Throughout his life, Cherant never stopped fighting to better his or his family’s lives. Cherant always fought for what he needed, but at the age of 21, he found a new found love for mixed martial arts which struck a chord.

“At 21, I started in this sport,” said Cherant. “I played football, lacrosse, nothing to do with this sport in high school. Tried out for wrestling, didn’t like it.”

Even though he only started the sport at 21 years old, Cherant believes he is behind where he imagined himself at 25 years of age looking in the mirror today. Although behind his own schedule, Cherant is proud of where he is, and knows that the future is bright.

“I’m behind where I’m supposed to be. I told someone when I started I want to fight a few times, turn pro, and be in the UFC by 25. Well, fuck, man, I think I did pretty well, that was before my first amateur fight. I’m close to being in the UFC, mindset is huge in life, I believed what I said I was going to do.”

Cherant, like many of his colleagues in the New England MMA hotbed, cross trains with a few gyms. Between Tri-Force MMA in Rhode Island, Lauzon’s, or Sityodtong Boston in Massachusetts, Cherant is everywhere learning from tons of talented minds. Despite the similarities in his career with fellow local standouts, Cherant wants separate himself from the competition of New England.

“I try to be very different, set myself apart,” Cherant stated. “No disrespect to them, the things some people do is the typical cliche: copying others. I’ve found the coaches willing to work with me, doing me, doing the stuff I enjoy. My first coach told me I wasn’t Floyd Mayweather – if I listened to him, I wouldn’t be where I am.”

“I like to be different; I’m weird.”