Claudio Calasans stamped his name on the World Pro tryouts in Gramado in grand style. After beating a game Jose Carlos in the semifinal, with a sweep, victory came by way of a guillotine choke over Adriano Silva. Now the fighter, who also plans on competing at the Pan-American, has his all-expense-paid trip to the World Pro in Abu Dhabi, in April.
“I got progressively better throughout the tournament. In the final I managed to do what I set out to, in search of the finish, and everything worked out,” he says in assessment.
“I’d fought Adriano before on various occasions and I’m used to facing him. I had a strategy in place for the match and I managed to push the pace,” he continues.
Despite the big result, training continues. Beyond his objectives, Calasans won’t leave his teammates at Atos without a training partner.
“If all goes well, I’ll compete at the Pan. I’m looking around for sponsors and, if it works out, I’ll fight at the Pan, too. The team is very united. Next week I’ll be in Rio Claro to train with everybody, with the gang that’s going to compete at the other tryouts, in Rio, and the Pan. It’s one championship after the other,” he tells GRACIEMAG.com in finishing.