On the rise: Marlon Sandro
Brazil's team Nova Uniao has produced some of the best fighters in the world including former Shooto Champion
The Rio de Janeiro athlete started fighting at a young age of 17. Sandro practiced Capoeira early on and then transitioned into Jiu-Jitsu under the tutelage of
"I always liked the idea [of fighting]," said Sandro after mentioning he was influenced by action movies starring
As a fighter, Sandro is inspired by several other fighters. "I started with
For those who have never seen Sandro fight, he describes his style as "aggressive; more technical than aggressive. Lately I've been looking to show more of my aggressive side, which is what people want to see. I prefer for my fights to take place on the ground."
Sandro certainly displayed his aggressive side with an impressive knock out win over tough veteran
"These days I don't feel any more pressure. When I had seven or eight fights I did. Not anymore. I think that is because I've seen what my friends go through when they win and lose and I know they come back from losses," revealed the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. "Now I just think about my fight."
With two impressive wins over former title contender
"I think Dream and Sengoku are much closer to me right now than fighting in the United States but I don't discard the possibility of fighting in the U.S. I would love the opportunity to fight there, to expand my horizons," explained Sandro. "I guess it would all come down to getting an offer. As I'm already fighting in Japan, I think I'm much closer to fighting in Dream or Sengoku, which is also a dream of mine."