After shining in jiu-jitsu, Murilo Santana expects difficult debut in MMA

One of the best jiu-jitsu fighters in Brazil today, Murilo Santana is looking for new challenges. World champion and two-time Brazilian champion in the gentle art, he will now make his MMA debut in the fifth edition of First Class Fight, which takes place on October 23rd, at the Mauro Pinheiro gym, in Ibirapuera.

 

The black belt will have his first fight in mixed martial arts against Jorge Michelan and is training hard at the Barbosa gym to get his new career in the fighting world off to a good start. “My specialty is jiu-jitsu, but I'm preparing a lot for MMA,” explained Santana.

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Even as it is the debut of one of the main middleweights in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Murilo is aware of his responsibility in this fight. “I'm only thinking about the 23rd, just that day, and everything will be fine. I’ve never been as focused for a fight as I was for this one.”

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Regarding his opponent, Santana expects a complicated fight, mainly because Jorge Michelan has more experience in the octagon. “I expect a tough fight. Michelan is an experienced guy, but I have prepared well, with good training partners. I’m going to arrive ready to push hard,” he added.

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Check out the full FCF 5 card:

Paul Philo x Marco Antonio Pezão (category up to 93 kg)
Daniel sarafian x Maurício Alonso (category up to 87 kg)
Fábio Negão x Juliano Belgine (up to 84 kg category)
Murilo Santana x Jorge Michelan (up to 77 kg category)
Márcio Costa.x Matheus Serafim (category up to 84 kg)
Alexandre “Popó” Bezerra x Luiz Rogério (up to 66 kg category)
Paulo Snups x Udi Lima (up to 70 kg category)
Flávio Álvaro x Samuel Quito (up to 77 kg category)

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