At the age of 29, bantamweight Luan Lacerda is the newest representative of Brazil in the UFC.
The Macapa, Brazil-born Nova Uniao representative will make his Octagon debut against Cody Stamann at UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro on Jan. 21, the fighter confirmed to the site Psicoticos por Vale Tudo.
The path to the UFC, however, was not easy. Born in Amapa, Luan started training jiu-jitsu at the age of 12. During this same period his father took him to a Vale Tudo/MMA event, where the fighter fell in love with the sport for good. From that day on he already knew he wanted to fight.
Lacerda is currently the Shoot Brazil bantmaweight champion and owns a 12-1 career record since making his professional debut in 2012. In his last appearance, Lacerda submitted Marcirley Alvis da Silva at LFA 132 this past May.
Currently living in Rio de Janeiro, where he trains under the command of master Andre “Dedé” Pederneiras, Luan commented on his process of moving from Macapá, the capital of Amapá, and highlighted the positive reception he has received.
“It was a smooth process, because I'm calm about everything. I felt very welcome by Dedé, who is a great man and teacher,” Lacerda said. “He is very observant, says little. When he speaks, it is to guide someone, a position, a struggle situation. We have a very professional and cool connection, as it is with my physical trainer Aleksandro Ferreira.”
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