Rony and his hero: “I didn’t even need to watch Paulão’s fights”

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Rony bursts into tears beside Paulão. Photo: Junior Samurai.

With 11 wins and one loss, not to mention how five of those wins came by knockout and four by submission, Rony Markes has been turning heads in MMA. And his latest win, at the IFC in Recife, put the Shooto South America champion in the spotlight. In an all out war, Rony defeated former WEC champion and Pride FC fighter Paulo Filho.

“Paulão is a hero to me. I didn’t even need to watch his fights to face him, because I’d seem them all thousands of times,” he remarks.

A native of the city of Natal, Rony is one of Master Jair Lourenço’s brood of fighters and trains alongside Jiu-Jitsu savants like Caio Alencar, a brown belt who made some noise at the recent World Pro.

Don’t be surprised if, in the near future, Rony does well for himself in major world events. In the meantime, get to know a bit about the fighter in the video below:

(collaborator Junior Samurai)

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