Cherokee MMA fighter wins his 6th bout

BY JAMI MURPHY
Former Reporter
03/07/2011 07:08 AM
CATOOSA, Okla. – Cherokee mixed martial artist Charlie Wright won his sixth bout Feb. 25 during The Joint’s Extreme Fight Night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Locally trained at Apollo’s Karate in Tulsa, Wright is 6-0 after beating Daniel Flora by unanimous decision during the Extreme Fight Night card.

Overall, his record consists of one knockout, two submissions and three unanimous decisions.

Wright said he wrestled in middle and high school, but thought seriously about getting back into shape about two years ago when he joined Apollo’s Karate.

“I like the self-discipline and all the perseverance it takes,” he said about MMA.

The 21-year-old amateur fighter has been working at making a name for himself, and his agent and promoter, Dale “Apollo” Cook, said Wright has all the makings of a great athlete.

“I believe Charlie has the tools to do very well in the sport. He is a good athlete. He is smart and he has courage,” Cook said. “Those are things you cannot teach. Those are weapons you have or you don’t and Charlie has them. You put all that together he is gonna be a hard guy to beat.”

Cook said if Wright’s goal is to be a professional MMA fighter then he needs to meet every opponent possible that he might meet at the pro level.

“He progresses and gets better every fight, but its more than that,” he said. “It’s important to face every type of opponent so he can learn how to not let someone beat him. This way he’s not gonna face anything he cannot handle.”

Cook added that Wright is a “tremendously bright prospect,” but he’s in no hurry to get Wright hurt or discouraged.

As the young fighter progresses, Cook said he plans to up Wright’s sparring competition and introduce him to the public as the great person he knows Wright to be as well as for Wright’s fighting capability.

“There is no way to gain confidence than to spar people better than you, and it would be great for people to know more about Charlie the person and not just as a fighter. Then I’ll make him a million bucks,” Cook said laughingly.

After the fight, Wright said he loved hearing the roar of the crowd. Another thing he said he loves about the sport is the excitement he brings to young fans watching him during the fights.

“I’d rather them be there and get into legitimate fighting than fighting on the streets,” Wright said. “And (the kids should) know that it’s more of a discipline than an all-out brawl. It’s a lot of training, endurance and perseverance.”

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By JAMI CUSTER
ᏗᎦᏃᏣᏢᏍᎩ

Catoosa, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎻ. — ᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏗᏑᏯ martial ᏗᏟᎯ Charlie Wright ᎤᏓᏠᏒ ᏑᏓᎵᏁ ᎤᎾᏕᏯᏗᏒ ᎧᎦᎵ ᏧᎧᎸ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩᏁᎢ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᏧᎵᏒᏍᏔᏅ ᏧᎾᎵᏍᏗ ᎤᏒᏗᏢ ᎾᎿ ᏍᏓᏯ ᏅᏯ ᏧᏂᏒᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎳᏏᎢ.

ᎾᎥᏊ ᎡᎯ ᎤᏏᎾᎲᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ Apollo’s Karate ᎾᎿ ᏔᎳᏏᎢ, Wright ᎤᎾᎥ ᏑᏓᎵ---ᎧᏂᎩᏓ ᏧᏠᏎ Daniel Flora ᏂᎦᏓ ᏧᏄᎪᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏚᎵᏒᏍᏛ ᏧᎾᎵᏍᏗᎢ.
ᏂᎦᏓ ᎨᏒ, ᏄᏛᏁᎸ ᎤᎾᎥ ᏌᏊ ᎤᏗᏅᏔᏅ, ᏔᎵ ᏧᎾᏓᏲᏒ, ᏦᎢ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏧᏒᎪᏔᏅᎢ.

Wright ᎤᏛᏅ ᏚᏁᏝ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂ ᏔᎵ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᏙᎯᏳ ᏚᏭᎪᏔᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎴᏅᏗ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎤᏖᎳᏛ Apollo’s Karate.

“ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏓ ᎾᎿ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎢᏯᏛᏗ ᏍᏓᏯ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎥᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬ MMA.

ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎩᎳ ᎠᎴᏅᎯᏙ ᏗᏟᎯ ᏚᏙᎥ ᏧᏓᏃᏣᎶᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᏗᏟᎯ ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏒᏍᏗᏍᎩ, Dale “Apollo” Cook, ᎤᏛᏅ Wright ᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᎭ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎬᏩᏙᏢᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᏚᎵᏍᎬᎢ.

“ᎠᏉᎯᏳ Charlie ᎤᎲ ᎤᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᏳᏛᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏄᏍᏗ ᎤᏚᎵᏍᎬᎢ. ᎣᏍᏓ ᎾᏛᏁᎭ. ᎠᏎᎹᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎵᎦᎵᏰᎯ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Cook. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏳᏍᏗᏓᏂ Ꮭ ᏱᎦᏴᎨᏲᎲᎩ. ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎢᏳᏍᏗᏓᏂ ᎦᎵ ᏃᎰᎢ ᎠᎴ Ꮭ ᏣᎵᏃ ᏚᎭ. ᏂᎦᏓ ᏱᎦᏟᏌᏅ ᎤᎲᎢ ᏍᏓᏱ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ.”

ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Cook ᎢᏳᏃ Wright ᎤᏚᎵᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎯᎠ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᏟᎯ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ MMA ᏗᏟᎯ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏟᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎾᏄᎪᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎸᎳᏗᏟ ᎠᏁᎳ.

“ᎦᏣᏄᎵ ᎠᏕᎶᏆ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏤᏠ ᎾᏛᏁᎰ ᏓᏟᎵᏒᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏏᏃ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ,” ᎤᏛᏅᎢ.

“ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏗ ᎠᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏄᎾᏓᎴᏒ ᏗᎾᏟᎯ ᎤᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᏃ ᎩᎶ ᎤᏠᎯᏍᏗ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏳᎷᏣ ᏳᏅᏓ ᏳᏛᏗ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ.”

Cook ᎾᏍᏊ ᏄᏪᏒ ᎾᎿ Wright ᎣᏍᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏟᎯ ᎢᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎩ,” ᎠᏎᏃ Ꮭ ᏳᏩᏅᎦ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᎵᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎡᏍᎦ ᎤᏰᎸᏗᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏓᎨ ᏗᏟᎯ ᎠᎵᏌᎳᏗᏍᎬ, Cook ᎤᏛᏅ ᏚᏭᎪᏓ ᎤᎪᏕᏍᏗ Wright ᏓᏟᎲ ᎤᎪᏕᏍᏗ ᎠᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᏓᎾᏓᏁᏄᎵᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎾᎬᏁᎮᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏴᏫ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎠᏃᎵᎩ ᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᏟᎯ ᎨᏒᎢ.

“ᏝᏃ ᏄᏓᎴ ᎢᎬᏛᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏓᏰᎸᏗ ᏓᏟᎲ ᏧᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏓᎾᏤᏢ ᏗᎾᏟᎯ ᎾᏃ ᎤᏩᏌ, ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏱᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎤᏃᏟᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ Charlie ᎨᏒ ᏝᏙ ᏗᏟᎯᏊ ᎢᎦ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏛ ᏱᎩ ᏌᏊ ᏳᏆᏗᏅᏓ ᏱᏕᏥᏔᏲᏏ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Cook ᎤᏬᎸᏛ ᎤᏰᎸᏒ.

ᏚᎾᏟᎶᏂᏃ, Wright ᎤᏛᏅ ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏰᎸᏐ ᏴᏫ ᎤᎾᏣᏍᏈᏍᏓ ᎤᏂᏰᏣᏍᎬᎢ.

ᏐᎢᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏰᎸᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎦᎥ ᎤᎦᎵᏍᏗ ᏓᏓᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎩᎳ ᏗᏅᏛᏍᎩ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎵᏍᏗ ᏱᏄᎵᏍᏔᏂ.

“ᎤᏟ ᏱᏂᏥᏰᎸᎾ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᏃ ᎢᎸᏢ ᏗᎦᏚᎲ ᎦᏅᏅ ᏱᏓᎾᏟᎯ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Wright. “ ᎠᎴ (ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏙᎯᏳ) ᎤᎾᏅᏘ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎤᎾᏅᏗ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏃ ᏗᎵᏍᏗᏊ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᏙᎯᏳᏃ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎠᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏙᏗ, ᎤᎪᏓ ᏧᏓᏯᏪᏍᏗ ᎬᏐᎵᏍᎪᏍᏓᏊ ᎨᏐ ᎠᏎᏃ Ꮭ, ᏏᏊ ᏂᎦᏛᏁᎰᎢ.”

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