UFC’s Rafael “Sapo” Natal

 

POPPA ROTZEE:
How did you get the nick name “Sapo”, portuguese for “toad”?
SAPO:
I come from Capoeira and there everybody has a nick name lol there, my professor is the one who gave me this nick name.

POPPA ROTZEE:
How did you meet our professor Draculino? Have you trained with him since the beginning?
SAPO:
I start to training with a different team and then after one year, I talked to my professor and told him that i’d like to train with Draculino because he had a big team, and he had already made a lot of great champions. I really wanted to start training with him and I was lucky enough to get to.

 

POPPA ROTZEE:
You’ve had two really tuff fights in the UFC so far, although they were a loss and a draw, they were both unbelievable fights. It proved that you are definitely the type of fighter the UFC should be looking for. You are talented, you have heart and most importantly….your fun to watch. That being said, you obviously are going to be focused on getting your first win in the octogon. How important is getting this win for you?
SAPO:
This victory is very important like all the my fights before, i want this victory because my training partner, my coaches and my family really deserve this gift, because they always help me a lot and now is my time.

POPPA ROTZEE:
Have you made any changes in your training camp? e.g. strategies, training methods, etc.
SAPO:
The training has been pretty much the same, I only did different strategies for different fighters.


POPPA ROTZEE:
Your up coming fight is with Constaninous Phillipou How do you feel you match up with him?
SAPO:
I’m feeling good, I know he is a good fighter, he is professional boxer, he come from a good team and in the UFC  the don’t have easy fights….but I’m feel prepare for this fight.


POPPA ROTZEE:
You were the 2005 BJJ World Champion, and the 2008 Pan Am No Gi champion, now that you are an MMA fighter do you still have the desire to compete in Jiu-Jitsu tournaments? How does the UFC feel about you competing outside of the octagon.
SAPO:
I participated in a lot of Jiu-jitsu tournament before, but now I’m really focused on my MMA career, I want to improve my game in all the areas like boxing, Muay Thai and wrestling so it is difficult to train for a jiu-jitsu tournament.

POPPA ROTZEE:
What keeps you motivated to keep competing at high levels?
SAPO:
I want to be the best fighter in the world and I know for this, I really need to be training very hard. Its one of the things that motivates me everyday.


POPPA ROTZEE:
Do you still train in the gi prior to MMA fights? Do you feel the Gi helps you in no gi or MMA training at all?
SAPO:
Sure, I think it’s very important to keep training with gi too, gi make your jiu-jitsu stay with more technique.

POPPA ROTZEE:
Who was the toughest MMA match you have ever had?
SAPO:
All the my fights were very tough but I think my third fight against Carlos Eduardo was a real war.


POPPA ROTZEE:
Is there anything you would like to say to your fans? Anything you want to promote?
SAPO:
Id like to say that I will always come ready to fight and will always train very hard. Like always, I appreciate for all the support that my family, friends, team, coaches and fans always give me, i promise for this fight i will be stronger than ever.

POPPPA ROTZEE:
This is the most important question of all…..When….are you coming to Gracie Barra Texas to visit us or to teach a seminar
SAPO:
I really need to be there, all the guys there always give me a lot support, our Master Draculino already invited me some many times and i promise to be there soon.

 

 

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1 Response

  1. YourMothersLover says:

    Would love for Sapo to come to the school for a seminar!

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