Paulo Thiago: BOPE experience helps me in MMA


The value of  Mixed Martial Arts training for police and military is long established, with virtually every member of the US military now exposed to at least the fundamentals of MMA.

However, it works both ways - Special Forces training can be good for MMA, too.

UFC welterweight Paulo Thiago, who fights Michel Richard dos Prazeres at Saturday's UFC on FX 8, is a member of the Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais or Special Police Operations Battalion, that operates in the anarchic favelas that ring Rio.

“To get into the Special Forces you go through a special training program," relates Thiago in an interview with "That training requires a lot from you physically and psychologically. And once you are in, the daily work of a BOPE officer requires great emotional control. There are tense situations where shooting and death can occur so you must have great emotional control. That helps me in the fight and before going in, during the tense moments. When I am waiting to go it helps me keep calm and go in with more tranquility.”

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MarsMan site profile image  

5/17/13 3:37 PM by MarsMan

Cool video...I'm rooting for him.

Paul_Blanka_Harris site profile image  

5/17/13 2:14 PM by Paul_Blanka_Harris

one of my fav fighters and has a brazillian I must tell you guys The BOPE are like a Hybrid of the swat the Navy Seals. I remnber has a kid all the kids in the neighboorhood  wanted to ether wanted to play for Verde-Amarela and win a world cup (soccer) or be a BOPE and shoot drug lords in the face. again this is pretty bad ass but I think some of yougusy can see that .

RearNakedToke site profile image  

5/17/13 2:07 PM by RearNakedToke

Captain Nascimento ain't one to trifle with.