Tyson Chartier is a manager and coach at Top Game Management, which has a lot of fighters in many promotions under their care.
Top Game Management really has one major rule for a fighter they want to bring aboard, which is that performer must have good character.
“For a big part, its just character. I don’t want to deal with bad people, when I call you or text you or when you are texting or calling me and that name comes up on the phone…I want it to be like an exciting thing, not like ‘what does he want now or what does she want now.’ I don’t wanna have to be policing your social media to make sure you’re not being delinquent or something like that, I don’t wanna be chasing you down for paperwork or something like that. So they can trust you to be a professional, so really, it comes to character first. You can be a bad fighter and have a good character, I’ve managed some fighters I know will never go to the UFC…but their good people and I want to be on their team. But if you’re a great fighter and you’re just not a good person, you don’t vibe with our group. You’ve interviewed a lot of my fighters and their all really good people, so that’s what we’re really looking for and then after that, we’re just looking at what their coaches say about them…do they look like a prospect? Have I seen them fight? Do they carry themselves in a professional manner? And then, do they vibe well with the rest of our group. We try to be like a tight cohesive unit and almost like a family atmosphere, so I want to them be able to joke around with my current clients and really be a contributing member to the team,” says Chartier in an exclusive interview with Fightful’s James Lynch.
Rob Font is up next at UFC on Fox 31 against Sergio Pettis and Chartier wants to see Font get higher ranked bantamweights after beating Pettis.
“Yeah, we’re sitting at number eleven right now. So beating a top five 125’er…I don’t know. I hope it would bump us into the top ten, its a big win. The most important thing is getting the win and then looking at who we can fight in the top ten for our next fight, I think if anything…the number next to our name may change or may not depending on how we look. I think a win over him definitely warrants us getting a top ten fight in our next fight, against a bantamweight who is already ranked,” says Chartier.
UFC On Fox 31 takes place on Saturday, December 15 from the Milwaukee Entertainment & Sports Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Al Iaquinta and Kevin Lee headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on Fox.