Boasting a two-fight win streak, lightweight prospect Bruno Carvalho enters the Bellator cage with a one thing on his mind: Become a champion.
Carvalho inked a multi-fight deal with the Viacom-owned company last November and he plans on making the best of this new opportunity. His first test will come against James Edson Berto at Bellator 94, a match-up Carvalho said will certainly end with a finish.
GracieMag.com spoke with the fighter recently, and he shared his thoughts on his new home, his upcoming fight and what he’s prepared to do on Thursday night’s Bellator card.
GracieMag.com: What does it mean for you to make your Bellator debut? Is there a lot of pressure that comes with fighting there?
Bruno Carvalho: I feel very honored to fight in this event as it is one of the biggest shows globally. I don’t feel any pressure because I am doing what I love.
How much more difficult do you anticipate the fighters to be in Bellator than your previous competition?
The Bellator athletes are high level guys, and I know that going in. But I feel confident in my skills, and what I have accomplished previously in my fight career. It will be a great test for me and I am excited for this new chapter in my life.
How do you break down James Edson Berto as an opponent?
I respect him as he has a lot of professional experience. I also believe that this fight will not end in a decision or points. I feel certain it will end with a KO or submission.
Not to look past your opponent, but who else do you find being a difficult challenge in your division?
Everyone in the weight division is tough and talented. So I am looking forward to any fights that the Bellator promotion would like to match for me. I believe in my potential and I know one day soon I will be ready to fight and beat the champion of Bellator.
How has working with CM Systems helped you in getting to this high point in your career?
I became a full and complete fighter after working with CM System. Everything that the academy did is very important for my growth as an MMA fighter. I am here now in Bellator as a result of the training I received at my school along with their contacts. I am very grateful for my experience with CM System.
How do you plan on winning on Thursday night? Also what’s your favorite way to finish?
I will be cautious but I will look to impose my will and strategy on my opponent. I believe in another KO in my career. I am always prepared to do a submission, but my favorite way to win is always by KO.