Patricky Freire Says His Fighting Spirit Came From Poverty
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.07.2013
That will do it...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Patricky Freire (10-4 MMA, 3-3 BMMA) said his fighting spirit came from growing up in poverty. He will face undefeated lightweight Derek Anderson (9-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) tonight at Bellator 98.
On how being poor got him into MMA: "Things are harder for people from these poorer areas. It's harder to book fights, to find instructors, to do anything. So they leave their comfort zone and travel to faraway places and endure humiliations to reach the top. Not everyone has this drive to leave their familiar surroundings to go suffer elsewhere. Many poor people try this. Not everyone makes it, but I think that's why you see so many good fighters. Someone who starts from a low social-economic status isn't afraid of sacrifice. I talk to (UFC fighter) Rousimar 'Toquinho' Palhares, and there are some things he doesn't like to recall, but I like talking to him because we're cut from the cloth. Gladly my youth wasn't as hard as his, but my father's was. So I can relate to him."
On the fighting spirit of Brazilian fighters: "The story is prettier if the good guy or maybe the poor guy wins. In fighting, the most deserving person doesn't necessarily win, though I do believe that if you came from a difficult upbringing, and had to struggle to get anywhere, you'll work that much harder. Whoever is always handed things doesn't give much importance to what they have."
On his training for Anderson: "He's a tall guy. The first thing we always do in training is to mount a strategy. But once in the cage, we feel each other out, and everything can change. We already know Derek's weak and strong points. I've never seen him fight three rounds. A fighter who likes to finish on the first round will often break mentally if he doesn't win early. We hope for a great victory."