UFC Fight Night 29's Alan Patrick Discusses His Path to The UFC
Posted by Larry Csonka on 10.09.2013
And how Jacare helped him…
- UFC Fight Night 29's Alan Patrick recently spoke about his path to the UFC and more. Here are the highlights…
On Tough Beginnings: "Ever since I was schoolboy, I was very eager to be in a sport, but I had no money. I wanted to find a place where I could train. My friend knew some guys who did capoeira. He told me that they were good guys and they'll even feed you – that you only need to wash your feet and they'll let you train with them. So I asked him to bring me there one day."
On Jacare Influencing Him: "I saw Ronaldo 'Jacare' fighting, and I decided I wanted to be just like him," he said. "He's also from my hometown of Manaus. Once I learned that he actually got paid to fight, then things got even better."
On Jacare Getting Him Into The UFC: "After reaching 10-0, 'Jacare' helped me get a slot in the UFC," he said. "The UFC is my life now. I am super excited to be in the UFC. It's the World Cup. I'm training hard, and I'm going to give my best. If my opponent makes any mistake, I'll be sure to finish him."
On The Difficulty of Achieving Goals in Brazil: "You should always follow your goals," he said. "Don't ever let people tell you that you can't achieve something. People kept telling me to quit and find a 'real' job. Even if the world tells you no, anything is possible. There's always a way. And I think for us in Brazil, it's three times as hard. For a Brazilian to achieve something, he has to be very good, have great luck, and know the right people who will guide him to the right place."