I can't think about muay thai and jujitsu separately as long as I'm doing MMA. I wasn't happy with my punches in the beginning but when I began to do them well, I felt I was evolving. The best thing is learning and being able to do various techniques. The amazing thing about martial arts is being able to use those techniques in a fight that will make the fans happy.
I was surprised when you put an omo-plata on Arona in the Middleweight Grand Prix Final Round. Did you learn that from Nino Schembri?
To me, Wanderlei is the strongest fighter in the world, so it was really unfortunate that he lost. Losing can happen in martial arts though and I think Wanderlei won't let it get him down and he will win again.
Do you feel that you've passed Silva now that you've won the Middleweight Grand Prix?
Yes. He's a strong fighter and very experienced. I think Sakuraba will continue to train at Chute Boxe and that's a very good thing for Chute Boxe. Sakuraba is really great at ground techniques and I want to learn from him if I have the opportunity. We are both improving so I am looking forward to it.
Is there anything you would like to teach Sakuraba?
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