Moriel Charneski moves up two weight-classes on Friday when she returns from a 17-month hiatus from MMA competition to battle the number-two ranked women’s lightweight fighter in the world, Sarah “Primal” Patterson.
Charneski (2-4-0) will be looking to rebound from a two-fight losing skid. The 28-year-old has not competed in MMA for almost 17 months, however she has been working on her game constantly, enjoying success in jiu jitsu and kickboxing competitions. She has had enough of attempting to make 135-pounds, admitting the weight-cuts were “killers”. She feels much more comfortable at 155-pounds and says she has improved both her strength and speed. She has never been stopped by an opponent, both as an amateur and as a professional.
Ahead of the bout, Charneski spoke about the fight during a recent chat with WMMA Rankings. Take a look below.
You last fought almost 17-months ago. What have you been up to during your time away from competition?
I’ve been pretty busy. I moved from Wisconsin to Texas which was a really positive move for my training. Through that time I had jiu-jitsu tournaments, kickboxing, and a month-long training camp in Curitiba, Brazil. So it doesn’t feel like time away from the sport at all. I see some articles mentioning my long layoff and I’m like “what layoff?”. Expect to see a very sharpened fighter compared to my past bouts.
You’ll be facing the no. 2 lightweight in the world, Sarah Patterson. What are your thoughts on her as an opponent?
Patterson is a tough opponent who’s been in this sport a long time. I’ll usually watch tape once and then leave the rest up to the coaches, which is what I did this time as well. I have a lot of trust in the game plan and I’m confident in Friday’s fight.
You move up two weight-classes for this fight, how are you feeling at 155-pounds?
I feel really healthy right now. The cuts down to Bantamweight were some killers that I’d be ok not having to live through again, and I know that took a lot off of my speed and strength in the fight. There’s no doubt this is a good move for both my health and performance.
What team have you been training with in preparation for this fight?
I train with Cooper MMA and Perazim Boxing in Austin. It’s been really nice to have so many teammates helping me out with this camp, and my boxing and ground work are both levels above what they’ve been. I love having a lot of tough girls to roll with at Coopers too.
Another high-profile lightweight fight this week pits number-one ranked King Reina against Cindy Dandois. What are your thoughts on that fight and with a victory over Patterson could you see yourself challenging the winner?
I’ve been looking forward to that match. Reina is undefeated but Dandois really has a good chance of taking a win. I tend to zero in and focus only on my next thing, in this case Friday’s match, so I haven’t thought too much about fighting the winner. But that’s definitely on my radar and I’ll be waiting to see how their fight goes.
Thank you Moriel, is there anything you’d like to add?
I can’t say enough about the coaches and the learning environment I’ve been blessed with since making the move to Texas and changing camps. From coming into women’s MMA in unregulated Wisconsin in 2009 as one of just a few women competitors in the region, until now has been a pretty intense journey but I keep getting better, and the sport keeps getting better, and I’m more excited to be fighting now than I’ve ever been in my career.
‘Revolution Combat Championships 14’ takes place this Friday December 29 from the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States. The event will not be streamed live, WMMA Rankings will release the results once available.