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Throwback Thursday: 08/31/2003 MMA Debut

10 years ago, today, I made my professional MMA debut against the Pancrase Welterweight Champion. Growing up in the Gracie Family in Brazil, no other question is asked you more often than "Are you going to fight MMA when you grow up?" I always knew i wanted do. Just as I knew that my debut fight was going to dictate how my professional career would turn out, so I knew I had to win. That, on top of the fact that in fut coins a combat sports match, all eyes are always on us as members of a traditional Martial Arts family, I can say that the pressure definitely existed. But I was able to channel that pressure into fuel to feed my motivation and commit to the training like I never committed to anything before in my life.

Kunioku had already over 40 pro fights with wins over Frank Shamrock, Nate Marquardt, Yuki Kondo and more, while my only experience was BJJ cheapest fifa 15 coins tournaments. Fighting in Japan, the birthplace of most modern martial arts, beating the Champion in his hometown and contributing to keeping the Gracie legacy alive has to be one of the greatest days of my life, second only to my daughter's birth. I'm forever thankful to everyone who was part of this experience. Osu.. 
Here's the video of the fight.



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