Patrick Gaudio, 24, was the best heavyweight black belt in San Diego Pro, a professional event held by IBJJF last weekend in San Diego, California. The GFTeam carioca has met Lucas "Hulk" Barbosa, a rival that comes from the base categories of Jiu-Jitsu, in the final dispute for the 4,000 US dollars.
Patrick, this time, used a scraping to beat Hulk and get the prize money. The victory still had a special taste, it was the first gold medal dedicated to the daughter Valentina.
The new generation's ace, Patrick, took the opportunity to unleash the victory and decisive moments of the Hulk fight.
"Always a war fight with this guy, Hulk is a very tough opponent. In the IBJJF Pan, for example, I started acting underneath and at the time of scraping he defended … That's when I got to his legs and knocked him down. We already know each other's game and the one who misses the most wins. Hulk made two fights on the other side of the key. On my side of the key, nobody came and I went straight to the end. This helped me a little bit, as I went all in and he got very tired fighting with other tough opponents. I think that may have been the difference for me to have won too. He's a great athlete and we're going to fight a lot! "Says Patrick.
Patrick has one of the best moments of his career. He held third and second place in the last two IBJJF World Championships, shone as IBJJF Champion in the Brazilian and Pan this year, and has recent victories over opponents of the caliber of Romulo Barral and Claudio Calasans. Next, the athlete discusses the current moment in Jiu-Jitsu.
"I am never satisfied and I always look for more and more. I think it's a long way from where I want to go. I will work hard for this to happen. I never let the victory go up in my head and even defeat does not enter my heart, "he says.
Jiu-Jitsu is undergoing a constant evolution in the level of professionalization. For Patrick, this is a great force for professional athletes.
"I'm in love with all that is happening (in sport). All the events that are within my reach, worth prizes, I will be in all. Especially now that I'm going to be a father now and I want my daughter to have everything she needs. This shows that the sport is evolving a lot with these events ", ends the champion.
See Patrick in action in Jiu-Jitsu: