The course of four-time champion Marcelo Garcia’s career could be summed up with one word: consistency. The Alliance middleweight had his last loss in the division in 2003, when he was submitted with a sightly triangle by Fernando Tererê, another legend of the sport. Since, every time the native of the small town of Formiga signed up for the mother of all gentle art championships he’s ended up the champ: in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2010.
In 2011 Marcelo, 29, will be shooting for his fifth. To do so, he’ll have to stand up to the top talent from Jiu-Jitsu’s new generation, beasts like Claudio Calasans Jr. (pictured), Kayron Gracie, Guto Campos and others.
In an exclusive GRACIEMAG at the Worlds Blog interview, Marcelo talks of his training, his perspective on the clash of experience and youth, reveals that he does not change his game according to the opponent and, while he won’t go so far as saying he’s the best middleweight of all times, he does admit he’s in the running because of his consistency, remembering the solid results he’s come up with even in the absolute.