Davi Ramos Pinheiro da Silva is a dedicated athlete; but he just hasn’t had much luck. He nearly had to cut short his Jiu-Jitsu career after suffering a motorcycle crash, but managed to get back to action in fine form in 2011 and 2012.
First, he played a key role in André Galvão’s doubly victorious ADCC 2011 campaign, having shored up his friends leglock savvy to prepare to deal with heel-hunter Rousimar Toquinho, Galvão’s opponent in the under-88 kg final. Rounding out the grappling fest, Galvão even went on to use his souped up lower-limb game to win the absolute, catching Pablo Popovitch with a footlock in the final.
Next, Davi got a call-up from Daniel Moraes to help out at the pre-UFC training camp of Alan Belcher, who also went on to tame Toquinho. Now Davi has joined Brazilian soccer powerhouse team Corinthians’s Jiu-Jitsu team, under the command of Ramon Lemos.
Riding the wake of success, the lightweight fighter confesses that he feels it’s time to move from being an adjunct to the star of the show—both in MMA and at the Jiu-Jitsu Worlds, which kicks off this Thursday.
Check out the interview our Diego Marcello did with the Atos ace where he discusses footlocks, his goals, team Corinthians and more.