Retired UFC Vet Rafael Natal Named President of Dominance MMA’s Brazilian Branch

By Tristen Critchfield Jan 10, 2018

Rafael Natal will remain involved in mixed martial arts following his retirement from active competition in the sport.

Dominance MMA CEO Ali Abdelaziz revealed Wednesday that the 17-fight UFC veteran will serve as the president of the management company’s Brazilian branch.

“I want to make a special announcement,” Abdelaziz wrote. “Welcome former UFC middleweight [Rafael Natal], he’s the president of Dominance MMA Brazil. He will run the Brazil division of management to help many Brazilian fighters and give them opportunity to fight in the [UFC].”

Added Natal on Instagram: “Very happy [in this] new phase of my life, being president of [Dominance MMA] in Brazil will be a way to give the Brazilian fighters the support they really deserve.”

Natal announced his retirement from the sport this past October following a 12-year career. Now 35 years old, “Sapo” compiled a 21-9-1 career mark that included a seven-year tenure with the UFC. Natal last appeared at UFC on Fox 25 in July, where he fell to Eryk Anders via first-round knockout – his third straight defeat in the Octagon.

“I’ve had some surgeries on my retina, on my eye. I’ve focused on [fighting] 100 percent of my life, during these 15 years,” Natal said then. “It’s time to step back. My mom’s asked this from me for a long time. It was a hard decision but it’s what we have. I think it was a smart one.”


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