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UFC: On a row, Rafael fights at World of Jiu-Jitsu

UFC: On a row, Rafael fights at World of Jiu-Jitsu

May 22, 2012

Rafel dos Anjos ran through Kamal Sharolus in the UFC last Tuesday, getting a knockdown with a high kick and fitting a rear naked choke to tap him out.

Excited about the finish, the lightweight plans on joining World of Jiu-Jitsu, event that will happen in the end of the month in California, United States.

“I’ve always competed in Jiu-Jitsu and I wanna do it for fun”, tells Rafael, on an interview with TATAME, aware of the obstacles he will find along the way.

“There’s Marcelo Garcia, Kron (Gracie), many guys… There are also others who are know well recognized but are tough. It’s a hard division”.

Check below the exclusive chat with the Brazilian, who talked about his victory in the UFC and his dream about becoming the champion of the division.

 

Did everything go according to your plans?

The game plan was kicking him on his rips and also working on high kicks. I was happy to find him on an early kick. It had just started and I could tell he had bad times when fighting left-handed people. I saw him fighting Jim Miller and I saw he got lost. I started hitting him and he was recovering, so I decided to grab his back and go for the submission.

 

The referee told you not to hit him on the back of the head. Do you think he was right or do you believe you never hit him there?

I was punching the side of his head, on his ear. I’ll watch it again. I never wanted to hit his back of the head but I might have done it accidentally. I rather go to his back because I could tell he was making a full recovery and wouldn’t be knocked out. It was early in the fight… Because I’ve seen him fighting, I know he can handle it and so I rather go to the submission, get a good position. I was lucky to submit him.

 

You are a Jiu-Jitsu expert who’s been evolving a lot on the stand-up. How do you evaluate your striking skills?

It’s what I trained the less my entire life, so it’s where I’m supposedly worst at. I’ve been strengthening it every day, I train a lot. Before this fight I spent a couple of weeks in Singapore, trained much Muay Thai and I’m improving a lot. I’m training Wrestling too so that, in total, I’m can get stronger.

 

You were coming from a loss to Tibau and got a win. Do you want to fight again this year?

I won and I didn’t get injured. Maybe I’ll fight at World of Jiu-Jitsu because I’ve always competed in Jiu-Jitsu and I wanna do it for fun. I wanna get there and compete with the gi on for a little bit. When UFC offers me a fight, I’ll start training hard towards that title, which is my main goal.

 

Have you subscribed for World?

Not yet. I’m still making up my mind, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be there.

 

What are the expectations for putting the gi on one more time?

I don’t have a gi training for about six months. I’m training hard on this couple of weeks before the big event. I’m in a good conditioning, so I just need to work on some details because it’s a different sport, a completely different thing. I’ll fight some tough guys but I’m not putting much pressure on it. I’m just having a good time. I’ll just enjoy it.

 

Have you been watching Jiu-Jitsu tournaments lately?

Not much. On my division I know there are tough guys, I know Vitor Bonfim at Gordo’s gym, and he’s a middleweight too. He’s a friend of mine and he’s always saying it’s a hard weight class. There’s Marcelo Garcia, Kron (Gracie), many guys… There are also others who are know well recognized but are tough. It’s a hard division.

Source: Tatame