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09-04-2010

"Victory in Poland was important to my career" – interview with Antonio Mendes

When he entered the KSW 7 tournament he was almost an anonymous fighter, however he proved in the ring that skills and character are more important than a name. He was unrivalled and won the KSW Federation Light Heavyweight belt. After this victory he signed with UFC, the world’s biggest MMA organization, where he fought twice. Now he returns to Europe to once again fight for KSW in May. Interesting interview with the best Samurai among the Brazilians – Antonio Mendes below

You fought at Martial Arts Confrontation 7 and won the eight-man tournament. After this victory you signed a contract with the UFC. Did KSW participation help you to achieve that?
- Victory in Poland was very important to my career. These wins opened the doors to many major organizations including UFC, which I chose to sign with.
How did you like your visit in Poland? Did anything surprise you or maybe disappoint you?
- Poland is a very nice country. I was pleased to fight in the Pope John Paul’s II motherland. Now I’m happy to come here once again.
How did you like the show itself?
- Honestly, KSW is one the best MMA shows in the world. It’s a high level event and I look forward to fight here again.
Being in USA you trained in American Top Team. Do you still train there?
- When I fight in the States, I will train there for sure. At the moment I’m in Brazil, where I prepare for my bouts at Complete Team with coaches William Santos and Danilo Dragon. I’m also a member of Europe Top Team. When I have the possibility I visit my friends there and we train together. They helped me to achieve my career’s biggest successes.
Will you fight in the USA again?
- I’m a professional athlete, I will fight wherever they want me. I’ll fight in Poland in May and we will see what’s next. I’d like to fight in the USA, but also in Europe.
To end this interview please invite Polish mixed martial arts fans to 13th Marial Arts Confrontation.
- Firstly, I’d like to thank God for guiding my life. Not many people know what happened to me. They criticize my losses, but they don’t know that I suffered from depression after my two-month old daughter had passed away. Now my mental condition is better and you will be able to see the old good Samurai who will give a great show and do everything to win KSW Federation belt for the second time.

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