Minotouro: “If it hits the ground, I’ll start celebrating”

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The twins with Vitor Belfort at boxing academy in Cantagalo community / Photo: Wander Roberto/UFC.

No, it won’t be easy. Indeed, to a lot of fans, for Rodrigo Minotauro to overcome the younger, more motivated and stronger Brendan Schaub at UFC Rio would be a feat bordering on historic. But to Rodrigo’s team there’s more than an off-chance the near-miracle will be performed this Saturday at the HSBC Arena.

“He’s perfect on the ground, like he was in the old days, but he’d gone awhile without recovering the footwork standing that he’d need to get the fight to the ground. But he became a lot quicker in recent weeks,” remarked Amaury Bitetti, one of Mino’s coaches.

His twin brother, Rogério Minotouro, is even more convinced the outcome against purple belt Brendan will be a positive one.

“If it goes to the ground I’ll start celebrating already. He’s been submitting all the black belts at training, he’s really sharp. Of course the other’s youth is an advantage but Rodrigo is enlightened. Can you imagine if he gets the submission? The house will come down,” said Minotouro with a smile and a flicker in his eyes.

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UFC Rio/134
August 27, 2011
HSBC Arena, Barra da Tijuca, Brazil

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