Lucas Pimenta Talks About Fighting for Legacy FC's Interim Welterweight Title
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.10.2012
Plus if he would fight his friend Jorge Patino...
Lucas Pimenta recently spoke about his fight with Jeff Rexroad for the interim Legacy FC welterweight title at Legacy FC 14 and more. Check out the highlights:
On his training and living situation: "I was born and raised in Salvador. That's where I started training and also where I earned my (Brazilian) jiu-jitsu black belt. I've also traveled a lot. I've trained in Rio de Janeiro. I also spent some time at Chute Boxe Academy in Curitiba (Brazil) working on my muay Thai. I also lived in Portugal for two years, where I was the European BJJ champion at purple belt. Then I moved to the U.S. Since I went to train at Chute Boxe in Curitiba, I met Luiz Azeredo, who is a very important person in my career. I met him at a cafe once and he invited me to train at Gold Gym (Jorge "Macaco" Patino's academy). I'm still there (in Newark, N.J.)"
On why he didn't stay with Bellator after a first-round win at Bellator 59: "In reality, I had a conflict with my former manager. When I severed ties with him, I lost contact with Bellator. Otherwise, I'd still be there."
On whether his Legacy contract has any restrictions: "Not really, other than I can't fight elsewhere in the same month. As a matter of fact, they allowed me to fight three times for UWF, ultimately capturing their belt."
On how long he's been in the US: "I've been here for two years. I was already a black belt (in jiu-jitsu) when I came here. I came here to learn English. Also, in Brazil, I used to train and teach classes, but there was no point to fighting for only R$300 ($148 US). It's discouraging. I used to get very depressed. Nowadays, jiu-jitsu and MMA pay my bills. It's very satisfactory."
On if he hopes to fight in Brazil again: "As a Brazilian, it's my dream to fight in front of my people again, to prove that dreams do come true. It would be great to come back and be treated with respect. When I lived there, people who found I was a full-time fighter thought I was lazy, a criminal."
On stepping in for Jorge "Macaco" Patino: "As I see it, "Macaco" is a great warrior. Unfortunately he injured his knee. Gladly, I'm always at the ready. As it is, I was already expecting to fight in September."
On the fight being his most high-profile to date: "That doesn't bother me. Actually it's giving me great incentive to fight at my full potential, and show my best, so I bring the belt home. I'm feeling very excited and happy, with no pressure at all."
On his opponent, Jeff Rexroad: "I know him very well. He's a big fighter for the weight class. He's 6-foot-3, thin and long. I'll be looking for the KO. I'll do my work on the inside. To me, it doesn't matter what he brings. What matters is what I bring."
On if his family supports his MMA career: "When I started jiu-jitsu, I was 13. My brother used to pay my dues. My mother hated it. She wouldn't even pay for transportation to the school. I used to walk 30 minutes each way. She didn't want me learning martial arts because I was always picking fights in the streets as a kid. Whether we were playing soccer, flying kites or playing any other games, I'd always find a way to start a fight. Her concern was that I could hurt somebody for real one day. One day, that did happen – I put a kid to sleep. My brother decided he wouldn't pay my monthly dues anymore, and that I was kicked out of the sport. I cried a whole lot. My mother eventually relented and allowed me to resume my studies. She didn't necessarily support me at this point, but at least she accepted it."
On if e will face Patino, a friend, if he wins the interim belt: "That's a problem. In reality my dream is to go to the UFC. All my victories give me the chance to join the UFC. I'm working hard to make that happen. I'm hoping this belt will give me that chance. Otherwise, if someone beats Jorge, then I'll face that person. But Jorge and I would never face each other."