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    Default Introducing… Rondinelli Rodrigues

    One of Brazil's top unsigned talents, 24-4 lightweight Rondinelli Rodrigues, talks to us about the humble beginnings of his career, how a change in training turned his prospects around and what the future holds...

    "I started through my brother when I was twelve," noted Rondinelli. "I would say that as a fighter I'm quiet and have patience to wait for the right moment, but I'm aggressive at the right time.

    "My house is a cage; the ring is my home. I'm pretty comfortable there, but I would say I like to spend more time on the floor to work submissions and ground and pound, which is what I’ve specialised in since twelve years old.

    “At the beginning of my career, we only trained on the ground and pretended that we prepared properly until I spent some time away. I then started to think that this would never take me anywhere because I’d never accomplished anything or fought hard; sometimes for just $200.00.

    “I always kept fighting every time one appeared, but only went there for the money, until I was invited to the Hikari team in 2009 after my fight with Sergio Junior. His manager and team owner, Gorka Sancho, who heard of my troubles and fighting without the right training invited me to their gym.

    “This today is my home, and because of this I can say today that my profession is now ‘full time MMA fighter.’ There are several qualified teachers at our disposal, and every day I'm sharpening my Jiu Jitsu, wrestling, and putting much more emphasis on my striking and Muay Thai. With this, and preparation with one of the best MMA trainers in Brazil, Thiago Macedo, what more could I ask for?"
    Full interview here:
    Last edited by deano92; 01-05-2012 at 03:40 PM.
    Dean Parr, owner of it out!!!!

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