Bráulio eying Hawn, Renzo and Demian

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Braulio "on vacation" in Pernambuco, training. Photo: Personal Archive.

Braulio Estima, 29, is now a citizen of the world. He lives in Birmingham, England, and has been touring the United States teaching seminars. It is little wonder “Caracara” is today recognized as having one of the most technical guards in the world.

Even so,  now and then the Ze Radiola student shows that he will never stop being that guy from Recife, Pernambuco, one of the poorest big cities in Brazil.

“Brother … I’m in the middle of a flight! And connected speaking to you. I love technology,” the ADCC absolute champion of 2009 said vibrantly.

Carcará made the most of the flight to comment on his first MMA opponent, in the 80kg category of Shine Fights. His debut will be on May 15.

“So then, I know Rick Hawn is a judo champion, was three-time U.S. champion and even went to the Olympics. It seems he placed ninth at the Athens Games in 2004. And he already has five wins in five fights in MMA. If I remember correctly, he will fight tonight for the sixth time (yesterday). I’ll stay tuned!” he says.

“Surely he won’t want to land under me at all, and will rely on his extra experience in the striking department. Little does he know that I am practicing a lot of stand-up.  My jab is sharp already (laughs),” he added.

Despite the commitment in May, Braulio wants to fight Jiu-Jitsu in April to keep active. “I’ll fight at the World Pro in Abu Dhabi.  There’s no way I’ll miss watching Renzo, Demian and Anderson on the same night! I’ll just stick around there and fight in Abu Dhabi,” concluded the hard-nosed passenger.

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