The last time you fought Grappling was in 2009, when you beat Drysdale up and earn the right to fight Bráulio this year. How was it for you, that is more focused in MMA now?
I wasn’t 100%, so I let him play the game. I knew it’d be a really tough fight in advance, so my game plan was to leave him with all responsibility because he’s fighting for a long time, he got the best timing for Submission… He really was the favorite. I did a tough bout, prevented him from taking me down many times, I just don’t know why the judges didn’t give me a point. On the back he was quicker, but you can’t argue in Abu Dhabi… It’s crazy.
You talked much before the fight, claiming you had defeated him 5 times. Was it to promote the fight or were you trying to give him all responsibility?
I wasn’t 100% on the fight, so I thought all responsibility on his hands. Of course that if you see me fighting, check my record, see where I came from, a five-round bout, where there was much striking, naturally I wouldn’t be 100%.
What are the plans now?
I’m thinking about the next one. I want rematch Rockhold and that’s it. I’m a guy focused in MMA now.
And if you get invited for a matched up fight in Jiu-Jitsu or Submission… Are you willing to take it?
I won’t do it anymore. I’m retired. It was my last one.
So, how do you evaluate your career?
You only need to check my record. Whoever does it will know I did great bouts. Winning or losing is a part of the game. Like every other athlete, I got wins and losses. I’m leaving with my head up, I’m leaving it happily, independently of winning or losing. I know my record in Grappling and Jiu-Jitsu is outstanding.
Retirering with a loss doesn’t make you wanna do just one more fight?
There’s no reason to be ashamed to lose to Braulio Estima, a phenomenon of Grappling. It’s no shame.