Thiago Perpetuo Says His Early Health Problems Helped Him Mentally
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.22.2014
It made him strong...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Thiago Perpetuo (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) spoke about his struggle with cancer when he was a child. He has dropped from middleweight to welterweight to meet Kenny Robertson (12-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 38. The event takes place at Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. The main card will air on FOX Sports 1. The preliminary card, featuring Perpetuo-Robertson, airs on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Perpetuo was diagnosed with cancer in his shoulder at the age of nine. He spent two years in the hospital, another five in treatment and is now without a clavicle.
On his missing clavicle: "I'm more flexible on the side with no clavicle. I even underwent exams to make sure this wouldn't keep me from fighting in the UFC. Since this happened when I was very young, the gap where the bone would have been was replaced by musculature. I don't miss my clavicle. Sometimes in training, my arm can twist in unusual ways, which forces my opponents to give up on some submission attempts."
On his first round knockout loss to Omari Akhmedov: "My camp for Omari Akhmedov went very well. I felt unsteady during the fight, but I was too hungry to give up. I had him rocked and he started to back up. I chased him with my guard lowered, he countered and finished me. I think the problem was ring rust and my overeagerness to finish the fight."
On fighting Robertson: "He's a good fighter who has had bad luck with tougher opponents. I like the fact that he remains active throughout his fights. He has reasonable standup. He strikes to set up takedowns, so we're working to address that. I think our games match up well. I'll fight wherever it goes, but I think he'll choose the ground."