Behind the scenes: Poatan reveals intimacy, faith and funk moves in title defense at UFC 303

From breakfast with the family to prayer with the team, follow the champion's inspiring routine

In the early hours of Saturday to Sunday (29), the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was the stage for one of the most memorable moments in the career of Alex Poatán. O Brazilian knocked out Jiri Prochazka in the second round and defended the UFC light heavyweight (up to 93kg) belt. But, beyond the glory of the octagon, the fighter's day was marked by a series of intimate and inspiring moments, which reveal the human face behind the champion.

The day began with a family breakfast, where Poatan met with his children and team to recharge before the battle. Then, the Brazilian went to a store to buy white pants, which he would wear upon arrival at the arena.


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Back at the hotel, faith took over the atmosphere. Alex and his team gathered for a prayer, asking for protection and health so that both athletes could carry out their fights in the best way possible. Faith is a fundamental pillar in the fighter's life, and this moment served to further strengthen his connection with the spiritual.

The fine of US$ 10 thousand

Upon arrival at the gym, an unusual moment: a member of the athletic commission warned Poatan's team about the fine of US$10 (around R$55 at current prices) if anyone jumped into the octagon after the victory. But, upon seeing Plínio Cruz, the Brazilian's coach, the professional changed his stance, joking that he would be the one who would give US$40 (R$219) if he jumped. Lightness and good humor marked the atmosphere before the fight, showing the team's confidence in the Brazilian's victory.


Before stepping into the Octagon, Poatan received support from big names in MMA. Former heavyweight champion Rodrigo Minotauro and referee Herb Dean, who advised the fighters on the rules, were present in the locker room to wish the Brazilian luck.

With everything ready, he started warming up alongside Plínio Cruz and Glover Teixeira, while watching the fights on the main card. The concentration was total, but there was also space for relaxation, including funk moves with the team. Music, for Alex, is more than a rhythm, it is a way of expressing himself and releasing stress before the fight.


Alex Poatan's victory at UFC 303

And the strategy worked. The Brazilian dominated the fight from the beginning and, in the second round, knocked out Prochazka with a brutal blow. The explosion of joy was immediate, and Poatan celebrated with his team and family on the edge of the Octagon.

Once at the hotel, eating pizza and surrounded by his loved ones, Poatan thanked, one by one, each team member and family member present at the T-Mobile Arena.

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