Durinho and Mendes may show at Brazilian Team Nationals

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Gilbert Burns against Michael Langhi at last Worlds. Photo: Ray Santana.

As previously reported here on GRACIEMAG.com, Gilbert Durinho will be seeing action in Japan. The supermatch is set for October 11 at Deep, but the Atos rep is getting ready for a competition marathon.

“This weekend I’m competing at the São Paulo International, which pays out a ticket to the IBJJF Pan. We’re also gathering in Rio Claro to define the Atos team for the Brazilian Team Nationals on September 25. Bruno Frazatto and I want to compete really bad. We’ll see if the rest of the gang will be able to participate. There’s Paulo Ledesma, who also wants in, and Rafael and Guilherme Mendes are trying, too. We’ll see,” he remarks.

Then the current lightweight champion of Brazil heads off for Japan.

“I fly out for Nagoya on October 6. It’s an under-83 kg no-gi match on the 11th, and my opponent’s name is Hidehiko Hasegawa. I’ll also conduct some seminars over there,” he says.

But the series of matches doesn’t end there. The No-Gi Worlds is also in Durinho’s plans.

“I’ll go straight to San Diego to meet up with André Galvão and besides doing some more seminars, I’ll prepare for the No-Gi Worlds. It will be a heck of a rush, but I’ve been training a lot and even when I’m travelling, I follow through with the orders of my conditioning coach Thiago Mendes and my nutritionist Luciana Monteiro. They’ve been helping me a lot,” he says in closing.

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