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At 14, Philip Lavandoski (right in photo) joined the muay thai. At 15, faced the first professional fight against an opponent and won ten years older. At 17, was vice-world champion in Thailand. At 18, by encouragement of the coaches, went to train MMA and, in the first fight, he knocked out his opponent with 1min20seg. Since then, did other four fights and won all. With this cartel, at age 22, the bento-gonçalvense is about to enter the final stage pre-UFC. Before, however, needs to win a new battle: against the lack of incentive.
In late 2012, Lavandoski was surprised with a letter Fighter Fabricio Werdum – UFC athlete and one of the technical program ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, the Globe – to join the group of fighters in the UFC Training Center in Massachusetts, in the United States. Since then, however, has struggled to raise the estimated £ 5000 needed for the trip. As a motorcycle courier, Lavandoski highlights that can not afford to cover the costs, so he races against time in search of alternatives to not let the opportunity slip. “There are as you enter the UFC being in Brazil, but it is as if he needed to cross an entire football field, from end to end.Here in Massachusetts, it is as if you were already in the area, “he says.
The Training Center brings together fighters from all over the world, the UFC indicated by scouts. It is from there that the organizers selects the vast majority of athletes who sign contract. “I want to go and stay. Fighting is what I want, dream in one day enter the UFC and this is the great opportunity of my life “, says the fighter.
To date, despite repeated attempts, it does not have any support. The Municipal Secretary of Sports, Gustavo Sperotto, said that the department can assist in some way, but not the whole amount required. Meanwhile, Lavandoski, also called Cricket – nickname he earned when he entered the muay thai, being skinny – is divided into three daily between work, training and search for resources. The fighter who has not lost any fight in the Octagon promises, out of it, do not throw in the towel so soon. “I’ll keep trying, seeking sponsorships.And if you no longer have to turn to, I’ll fix. It is the opportunity of my life, I will not blurt out, “he concludes.
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