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Carlos Eduardo Reflects on Facing Jon Jones Early in Jones' Career
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.06.2014

Carlos Eduardo spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Egidijus Valavicius at Bellator 121, his fight with Jon Jones in 2008 and more. Check out the highlights:

On facing Jones in Jones' second professional fight: "It was a great experience for me. All credit goes to Jon Jones. Right after I faced him, I knew he'd be champion. I could see his talent. That's exactly what happened. He's the champ now."

On fighting for Bellator: "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 improving his grappling: "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."

On facing Valavicius: "I know I'll have an advantage over him when the fight goes to the ground. I'm coming out there to submit him. It's no secret."


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