Augusto Tanquinho is one of those fighters who do not escape the challenges and love to test themselves among the best. Further proof is that even with a UFC fight scheduled for next month, he is in Finland for the ADCC race this weekend, September 23 and 24, in Helsinki, the capital of the country. And the Brazilian does not just want to compete. He wants the top of the only title among the world's top jiu-jitsu competitions missing in his gallery of achievements.
World champion in 2013 and double world champion without kimono in 2012 and 2015, Tanquinho prepares to face Boston Salmon on October 28 by UFC São Paulo. In preparation for octagon combat, jiu-jitsu and grappling training can not be missed. Therefore, the training camp for both challenges has been optimized, and the strategy is to start up.
"I'm 100% focused on training for the fight in the UFC, but I enjoyed training to prepare for the ADCC as well. When I accepted the invitation of the event, I still had not married my next fight. I train a lot without a kimono to fight MMA too, so I'm ready to perform very well. I'm going to let go of my game, let the actions flow, and get the finishing touches, "warns UFC fighter (up to 61.2 kg).
On the ADCC mat, Tanquinho is facing strong opponents in search of the unbeaten title of the category up to 66 kg. Rubens "Cobrinha" Charles, current champion, and Paulo Miyao are two of the main names in the dispute. And it is precisely because they have great competitors scaled to the tournament that the Rio de Janeiro gets excited about.
"I decided to take up the challenge of fighting ADCC this year because I like to test myself among the best. I like to compete in jiu-jitsu with or without a kimono, that's good for me. This year's competition is full of tough guys, as it always is, and it gives me a lot of encouragement to fight. It's a title I still lack, so I go looking for him with everything I have to give at the moment, "he says.
Tanquinho came close to the long-awaited title in 2015 in the latest issue of ADCC. In São Paulo, he advanced to the semifinals but finished with third place. In addition to the seven categories in contention in ADCC 2017, five men and two women, and the absolute tournaments, the event has three superlats. Renzo Gracie faces Sanae Kikuta while Léo Viera faces Chael Sonnen. But it is the clash between André Galvão and Claudio Calasans the most awaited for Tanquinho.
"The event this year is very good, with great grips on the categories and superlats. It's going to be very cool! I'm a fan of André Galvão. He is a great athlete and a better person yet. I will stay connected in all the fights, but I will be very fond of Galvão, for sure. I will hope for a finalization of it, "he says.