On July 18, BTT leader Murilo Bustamante faces Jesse Taylor at Impact FC, in Australia.
Tatame: What are the expectations for your return to MMA?
Murilo Bustamante: Oh man, I’m thrilled, felling like a beginner… I wanted to come back for a long time. Many things happened on 2008, I lost a few contacts, some events were cancelled, and my mother got sick… In 2009 I moved to the United States and my mother passed away, now finally I could find some time to practice and to sign a contract. I was training to fight for a while. I did a Boxing fight to warm me up in the beginning of the year, it was a good training, I could feel that adrenalin when I entered the ring again… I’m crazy mad to come back.
Tatame: You did not fight for a long time, while Jesse fought eight times in 2009 and two times this year... Do you think this can interfere?
Murilo Bustamante: It won’t help, man… I had not worked much for the past two years, so it’s a negative thing for me, but I’ll try to compensate that with my trainings. I’ll try to be in a good shape to compensate my lack of rhythm with my experience. It’s seems like I’m a beginner, it looks like a debut for me.
Tatame: Will you train for this fight on Brazil or on the U.S.?
Murilo Bustamante: Here… One of the reasons I came back to Brazil was to train, stay here. There’re a lot of things to solve. Rousimar (Palhares) will fight on UFC on August 28 against (Nate) Marquardt, so I’ll help on his training and I’ll only go to the U.S. again at the time of the fight.
Tatame: What do you think Impact FC will be like, an event that will have names such as Pedro Rizzo, Ken Shamrock, Paulo Filho, Jeff Monson, Sokoudjou?
Murilo Bustamante: I’m thrilled to fight again, it seems that the event will have great athletes… It’s a new event, so I can only hope for good thing, man. I’m very glad to train and get back to my routine.
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