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"I dont care about the opponent, I go there to kill or die"
Matheus Gabriel has entered the blackbelt division with flair after taking the podium at Pans and Worlds in 2019. Now he has full confidence and remains unphased facing the most accomplished names in the featherweight division. After an incredible first year at blackbelt, all signs point to Matheus becoming a future superstar in grappling so we brought him in to recap his first year on the scene.
How Did It Feel To Win Your First World Title?
After receiving his blackbelt, one of Matheus' first matchups was against Marcio Andre at FTW 99. Although Matheus lost by referee decision, he would get revenge months later by defeating Andre in the finals of the 2019 IBJJF World Championship. Here Matheus shares his experience winning his first world title.
How Do You Feel Facing The Most Accomplished Grapplers In The World?
Immediately following his promotion to blackbelt, Matheus was cast into the fire and was scheduled to face Paulo Miyao. Even though Matheus was aware of Paulo's impressive accomplishment, he was eager to test himself against one of the best featherweights in the world. This confidence in his abilities has only increased after winning pans and world, now Matheus is ready for all challengers.
How Are You Training At Home And Staying Ready For Competition?
Competitors around the globe are having to find alternative training methods after the COVID-19 outbreak. This throws a major wrench into Matheus's training and workout schedule. After the quarantine comes to an end, Matheus may have to immediately defend his world title and has been working at home to stay sharp. Here he explains what he's doing to stay in front of his opponents.