Shooto World lightweight champion Willamy Chiquerim had his work cut out for him at Shooto Brazil 15, where he faced Finland’s Mikael Lahdesmak, who showed he wasn’t there to mess around.
“I never imagined I’d have such a tough opponent. Shooto always gives me hard fights. But that’s the way it has to be and these fights are worthwhile,” remarks Chiquerim.
For his next challenge, the beast from the Brazilian state of Ceara defends his world title against Japan’s Yusuke Endo. However, he soon he should also make an appearance in another major Japanese promotion, Sengoku.
“On May 30 I put my belt on the line and then I go on to Sengoku. I’ve already received the gloves and all I have to do is put the belt up for grabs to finalize things,” he tells GRACIEMAG.com.
Nevertheless, he remains focused on his upcoming Shooto bout.
“I’m going to fight Yusuke Endo. I faced him in my first appearance in Shooto Japan and I submitted him in the first round (via guillotine). But I believe he’ll be different this time around, with what it takes to beat me. That’s how it is, each fight is a different story and I plan to be really well prepared to represent my country,” says Chiquerim, before giving thanks:
“I’d like to thank my family, my girlfriend and my team that has supported me, both in Ceara and in Rio,” he says in finishing.