Bellator MMA Fighter Cristiano Souza Says Capoeira Saved Him from a Bad Life
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 03.13.2014
He competes in this season’s welterweight tournament…
Bellator MMA welterweight fighter Cristiano Souza recently talked about his upcoming season 10 welterweight tournament bout against Sam Oropeza set for tomorrow at Bellator 112. Below are some highlights.
Souza on wanting to win the tournament: "People think I'm going to be the underdog, and that's good, because I don't want to have the pressure on me. I want to win this whole tournament. It's why I've been working so hard and training, and why I moved away from Brazil. This is the opportunity for me, the biggest. That's why I took it."
Souza on how Capoeira changed his life: "Capoeira has done everything for me. I came to America because of capoeira to do shows and demonstrations. Capoeira has given me everything I have today. Capoeira also saved me from the bad part of life – from the bad people, the drugs and the violence in Brazil. It helped me to stay away from all the bad stuff. Capoeira saved me from the bad parts of life, and gave me all the good things."
His thoughts on his opponent Sam Oropeza: "I don't know very much about Sam Oropeza. I saw his last Bellator fight and he knocked the guy out very fast. I wish I had the exact story or information about him, but it's still OK. When my manager called me about fighting (in the tournament), I said, ‘OK. That's why I've been waiting. Put me in. I don't care against who.'"