The weigh-ins for UFC 117 take place this Friday in Oakland, California, and one of the stars of the show is already in fight mode. Trainer Roberto Gordo is in the United States accompanying Rafael dos Anjos, who will face Clay Guida on the main card.
“I had lunch with Junior Cigano some days ago and the mood here is really cool. The card has a bunch of Brazilians facing Americans, so there are great expectations here,” he tells GRACIEMAG.com.
In those parts Gordo and Rafael made use of Ralph Gracie academy for their final preparations. Dos Anjos is riding a three-fight win streak and a win over Guida would place the athlete closer to a shot at the lightweight title now held by Frankie Edgar.
“Guida is an experienced guy; he’s really tough and has some of the best physical conditioning in the UFC. He has a huge gas tank and really strong wrestling. You have to be careful with him standing as well, as he has heavy hands,” comments Gordo, who has already gone over that with Rafael.
“He has to be careful early on mainly in the standup department because Guida comes at you with crazy punches. Of course we have to pay special attention to his takedowns because he’s good at ground and pound too,” he says in finishing.
Stay tuned to GRACIEMAG.com for all the excitement surrounding UFC 117.
Check out the card:
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen
Ricardo Cachorrão vs Matt Hughes
Junior Cigano vs Roy Nelson
Thiago Pitbull vs Jon Fitch
Rafael dos Anjos vs Clay Guida
Tim Boetsch vs Todd Brown
Dennis Hallman vs Ben Saunders
Dustin Hazelett vs Rick Story
Johny Hendricks vs Charlie Brenneman
Christian Morecraft vs Stefan Struve
Rodney Wallace vs Stanislav Nedkov