Carlos Eduardo Hoping To Become Champion In Bellator
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.06.2014
And build a new winning streak...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, light heavyweight Carlos Eduardo (11-3 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) talked about hoping to gain a title in Bellator. He will fight Egidijus Valavicius (26-10 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) at Bellator 121 tonight in the opening round of the light heavyweight summer series tournament. It airs on Spike TV from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, following preliminary fights on Spike.com. Eduardo is hoping to start a new winning streak after he had a nine-fight streak ended in April.
On being a part of the tournament: "I came to Bellator to achieve my dreams and to become great. I want to be remembered as one of the best in this sport, and in order to do that, I must become a world champion. That is why I signed with Bellator, and that is exactly what I intend to do. This tournament is a huge opportunity for me because it allows me to move that much closer to the belt. After I win this tournament, I will earn my title shot and I will be that much closer to realizing my dream of becoming a world champion."
On how he got into MMA: "I had a cousin who was already in jiu-jitsu. I would accompany him to his training. I didn't like it at first – It was machismo on my part. I didn't want to be grabbing on other men. But after that, I started watching Royce Gracie on the first UFC videos. It captured my attention how he managed beat much larger guys. He represented jiu-jitsu. I was hooked. And since there was a new academy in Fortaleza (Brazil), I bought a gi, signed up, and haven't stopped since."
On being well-rounded: "I do come from jiu-jitsu, but today everyone trains everything, so we must be complete athletes. Most opponents are well prepared on the ground and they may have good wrestling or striking, so we train everything."