After winning the Naga New England on the 6th, Gabriel Gladiator is keeping up the pace in training for his upcoming AFO title challenge against the USA’s Jerry Spiegel in Boston on April 17.
The fight will be the second time the two fighters meet. At their first encounter, the Paulo Filho black belt took the W via judges’ decision.
“I fought him two years back and won the decision. He’s been talking smack so we’ll have a rematch for me to shut him up once and for all,” said Gladiator, who has had the help of his friend and master Paulo Filho in training for the fight.
“This time I’m much more skilled and with the right training, I’ve been practicing a lot of muay thai and wrestling, but also adjusting the positions in my main weapon, Jiu-Jitsu. I talked with Paulão by telephone the other day and reminisced about some of the drills we would do to not lose positions,” he said.
Before the fight, on March 21 Gabriel will compete at a no-gi tournament in Milford, Massachusetts, as part of his MMA training. “These competitions help a lot in preparing for MMA, they put at competition pace and it is essential in my fighting well,” says Gabriel in finishing.