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|De:||Belo Horizonte Brazil|
|Provenance:||New York, New York USA|
|Taille:||6' 0" ( 182 cm )|
|Poids:||185 livres ( 84 kg )|
Événement UFC 197 au MGM Grand Garden Arena le 23 avril 2016 à Las Vegas, Nevada. (Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)avr. 23, 2016
Journée des médias de l'UFC 197 au MGM Grand Hotel & Casino le 21 avril 2016 à Las Vegas Nevada. (Photos par Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)avr. 21, 2016
Pesée de l'UFC 197 au MGM Grand Garden Arena le 20 avril 2016 de Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photos par Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)avr. 20, 2016
Les combats de championnats de l'UFC 197 n'ont pas été les seuls annoncés au cours des derniers jours. Découvrez ce qui vous attend dans cette édition de La minute UFC avec Lisa Foiles.févr. 09, 2016
TRAINING: On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I'm doing Muay Thai or practicing conditioning in the morning. In the afternoon I train jiu-jitsu, and at night I work out, run or swim. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I practice MMA sparring in the morning and wrestling at night. Saturday I either do jiu-jitsu with or without a GI or practice MMA. And on Sundays I rest all day.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started when I was 14 years old, practicing Capoeira. Six years later I realized that I needed to train in Jiu-Jitsu because when someone took me down I didn't know what to do. After training for three years, I became a Jiu-Jitsu world champion. After observing Renzo, Mark Kerr, Royce and other guys fighting, I started to train in MMA because I realized that I needed this type of training.
What ranks and titles have you held? Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Grappling: Black Belt under Vinicius Draculino Magalhães and Renzo Gracie, Three Time Champion of Minas Gerais Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Three Time Champion Brazil LBJJ, Champion Absolute Brazil LBJJ, Two Time Champion de Equipes Brazil CBJJ, Mundial Champion CBJJ, Champion of Submission Champions League, Champion of the National Submission Tournament, Two Time Champion of the Pan Americans Submission Tournament CBJJ in New York, Two Time Champion Absolute in Grapplers Quest in New York, Champion of the Pan Americans Submission Tournament Absolute CBJJ in New York
Do you have any heroes? My mother and my father.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? This is my dream come true. Now I can show everybody who Rafael Sapo is.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No.
What was your job before you started fighting? I started working at the age of 12 in my mom's store, where I worked for 8 years.
Favorite grappling technique: Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite striking technique: Boxing and Muay Thai
• Nickname “Sapo” means frog
• Pro since 2005
• Has won 7 of his last 10
• In most recent pre-UFC bout (5/21/10), knocked out former UFC title challenger and TUF4 winner Travis Lutter in the first round
• Also owns win over UFC vet Danillo Villefort
• Eight wins by submission (arm triangle, 4 RNC, armbar, guillotine, keylock), three by knockout