Draculino – My thoughts on my win at StrikeForce

POPPA ROTZEE:
How do you feel about your win at StrikeForce?

Draculino:
Not so bad for an old bird……I felt alive again on that fight! The itch came and I followed my guts. Now I can say (only people from my inner circle knew about it) but I had a serious neck injury on my training for that fight that almost cost me the return to the cage. I was actually fighting to be able to fight. Thank GOD I could get better with the great help of Doctors. AJ VASQUES, VU TRAN and LUBOR and my training partners. Lots of people said that I was crazy to be back with a opponent with 45 fights and in Houston, but all my life I dealt with challenges and I knew that I could do good, could show people that I am not done. It was the desiree of showing myself and others that I could do it.
Traning camp was great (besides the injuries)! 10 days in Brazil, 3 weeks in Houston, one week in New York and New Jersey. My training partners were the best! Too many to list but you know who you are. My coaches did a fantastic job (Gordo, Soca, Kristen Sommers, Frank Adame and Renzo Gracie) and I had the great help of MAster Rafael Cordeiro and Professor Ricardo Big Dog Almeida also.
Fight was ok…..they cut the time of each round from 5 minutes to 3 minutes 3 days before the fight! So I had to suck it up and adapt my game on last moment.
I made the weight with no problem. Fight was kind of what I expected. Rocky is very, very strong for a 145er. He is like a mini Chuck Liddell when you talk about standing back up after he goes to the ground. We exchanged a little on the feet then he defended the takedown but I got him on a heel hook that he scaped well but I was on top after. I did not allow him to get back up after this and used a neck control to pin him in the cage and knee him on the body, while trying to attack his neck.
Second round was boring and we deserved the booing. But I could not try a takedown while he was waiting this attempt to get me with a good shot (like he did lots of other times). So I used low kicks and body kicks to attract him. He came and I clinched. Pin him on the cage and I threw some knees on his body. round over.
Third round, Gordo told me: “you are winning. But the last impression is what wins fights. I want you to finish him!”. Then he said I smiled ( I don’t remember) and I put a jab, kick combo, he came to respond, I took him down on a single leg but now on the center of the cage. When he tried to get back up, I got his back. He defended really well grabbing my hand with 2 of his but I used my leg to trap one of his arms. Then I tried the choke. His neck is short so I was fighting it. Soca told me one minute! Then I thought about the armbar. I tried for a bit but on the wrong timing. He defended but I went back to his back. He tried to stand up with me and gave me a perfect angle to hit him. I did it and the last punch hit the side of his head and he dropped again on his knees doing a weird noise. I smelled the blood and went for the neck, now unattended. But round was over. I knew I won but, with all the respect, 5 minute rounds that fight would not go to decision.
Felt great after. I was almost forgetting: I like to fight!

POPPA ROTZEE:
Do you plan on fighting again, or was this a one time deal?

Draculino:
Now my goal is to expand my school and open another on in the next 6 months. After that…(winks) ….we will see 🙂

5 Responses to “Draculino – My thoughts on my win at StrikeForce”

  1. eduardo says:

    Bravo! 🙂 True warrior.

  2. Drew Ratichek says:

    That is a great account of the fight from the fighters perspecitive. Rocky is one tough tough man and you did outstanding. I was thoroughly impressed and you had the crowd going for sure. What a good win that was. Congrats.

  3. (nods/smiles with the face of approval) From what I just read, I agree 100% on the statement regarding 5-minute rounds. Major congrats!

  4. Jamaal says:

    Congratulations! Please tell me you are going to open one in Fort Worth. I am only a blue belt but I would even help finance it! Seriously. Jvalencal@yahoo.com if you are I interested in potentially starting a GB here. I trained in Italy and know alexandre batatinha vasconcelos, Andrea stoppa, and Carlos Maia have all entertained coming to the US to teach and train…as for me I just want to continue learning from legit sources.

  5. BJJ 4 Life says:

    Great fight, congratulations! You are an inspiration.

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