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Rafael Natal

UFC Fighter



1.) What advice do you have for an aspiring MMA Fighter?

You have to train hard and a lot. If you want to be a good professional fighter, you have to pay the price. You can’t go out, you can’t drink. Before I was a fighter, I drank and I went out a lot. But when I became a fighter, I decided that I want to be the best. A lot of guys want to be a champion, but they don’t want to pay the price because the price is expensive. If you want to be a champion, you need to pay the price, and if you do, you’ll have good results for everything in your life.


2.) What has been the highlight of your career?

Before I was 20, I fought for fun. When I became 20 I started taking jiu-jitsu, but then I stopped fighting I started working with my mom. A while later, I said I want to be a fighter. Then I started dedicating all my time to be a fighter. I started training jiu-jitsu 3-4 times a day. Then I became a champion in jiu-jitsu. At 23, I said I already became a jiu-jitsu champion, now my dream is to be a mixed martial artist. Then I started using my jiu-jitsu in MMA and I’m in the UFC now.


3.) What are your goals for 2014?

To be the UFC Champion.


4.) Who has been the toughest fighter you’ve faced?

It’s always the next fight! I’ve had 21 fights in my career, and I’ve fought many strong guys, and then your opponents get tougher, so it’s always my next fight.


5.) What do you like to do in your free time?

I go to church. I pray to god and say thanks for everything I have in my life. I also spend time with my friends and family.


6.) What was your favorite subject in school? Why?

Anything that had to do with sports.