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Adriano Martins Talks About His First Fight For Strikeforce

January 9, 2013 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with MMA Junkie, Adriano Martins (23-6 MMA, 0-0 SF) talked about his first and last fight for Strikeforce at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs Saffiedine. He is currently on a 10-1 run with three straight first-round stoppages. He will fight lightweight Jorge Gurgel (14-8 MMA, 2-3 SF) at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Martins replaces Mizuto Hirota, who was set to fight Gurgel at a September event that was later canceled. Here are highlights:

On his life as a child: “As a kid, I was very fragile, and I would cry easily. My mom would have to rescue me on occasion. So she decided to put me and and my brothers in a sport to see if things would improve. Actually, my first martial art was judo, which I trained for five years. Later, I moved on to jiu-jitsu.”

On this being the biggest fight of his career: “In my opinion, everything happens at the right time. I believe now is my time. I’m more mature. I’m better prepared, both physically and mentally. It’s not late. It’s the right time.”

On how he’s fought for ten years with very little career progression: “I am very persistent. I also love what I do. Thank God, everything is working out right. We like to say that Brazilians never give up. Also, I believe in God, I’m an Evangelical Christian, and my faith keeps me strong. The public in the U.S. may not know me yet, but I give my all every time, and people will remember that.”

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