Tuesday 27th of April 2010 10:00 AM By Erik Engelhart
One of the great Brazilian names at K-1 and Karate, Glaube Feitosa is focused on the training on the UDL, especially on the preparation of MaurŪcio Shogun for his fight against Lyoto Machida on UFC 113. In an interview with TATAME, Glaube commented the trainings, talked about the expectations for the fight and revealed the heís not likely to go back to the rings. ďI donít have a deadline to go back to fighting, maybe I never come backÖ If I retire, Iíll be satisfiedĒ, said the fighter, on the exclusive chat which you can check below.
How are Shogunís trainings on UDL?
Very good, weíve been practicing a little and itís been a good partnership. Iím new in Curitiba and Shogun has opened his gymís doors for me. I got here in Curitiba with my family in January and Iím adapting pretty well to the city.
What is the focus of the trainings youíve been given?
I try to help on the left-handed part, do some mix, since my part is standing. My business is not ground or MMA, my specialty is standing up. I started training in UDL for friendship I have with Shogun, but not exclusively training with him. I train with the entire team, but when they get together I try to simulate Lyoto game, exchange bases and both sides win.
Do you think Lyoto with set a strategy of low kicks, which injured him so much on the first fight?
For sure, he hasnít gotten to the belt out of the blue. Itís not by chance heís the champion, he and his crew are very clever and will try to neutralize this low kicks game, preparing something for the upper part. I think theyíll settle a strategy of counterattacks on the punches upon the Shogunís low kicks.
And how does Shogun should react to these possible counterattacks?
Since Lyoto may counterattack, Shogun must be aware of that and prepared to give him some attacks back. He must take these counterattacks knowing theyíll happen, so that heís not caught by surprise, the idea is to play the Shogun blows upon Lyotoís counterattacks. Shogun has to be the last to hit, something hard when it comes to Lyoto, but thatís the main goal.
What did you think of the first Lyoto and Shogunís fight?
Of course I wouldnít be neutral because Iíve been training with Shogun, but I think he won. The fight was really tied, balanced and on that occasions the tie-breaker is the aggressiveness and Shogun tried more and indeed was more aggressive.
Many think that Shogun didnít do enough to take Lyotoís belt...
I donít believe on that theory, I think that the athletes are equivalent from the moment they enter the octagon. The beltís owner canít go there in advantage just because heís the champion. Some come and say Shogun was better, but not enough to take Lyotoís belt off him. Was he a little better? So he won the fight.
When will you come back on the K-1 rings?
Iím in another phase of my life now. Iíve been fighting for eleven years, my relationship with the event is a little saturated... It was done at the end, itís a joint of several things.. Iím 37 years old, itís not so pleasurable for me to leave my family for a whole month, like I used to, for my preparation in Japan. I got a two-year-old boy, my son Diego, and Iím more focused on my family right now. I donít have a deadline to go back to fighting, maybe I never come back.. If I retire, Iíll be satisfied.
Have you received any MMA proposal? This is not an interesting market for you?
Iíve never had a concrete offer. Iíve trained with the people, here in UDL I watch the trainings, but I think itís too late to start on a new modality. I think itís not worth it to risk it all. MMA is on a high level nowadays and I would need like two years of preparation and adaptation and, since Iíll already 37, itís not worth it.