Brazilian fighter Walter Goncalves makes his MMA debut after facing tough challenges in Muay Thai fights. Read about his transition, upcoming fight, and determination to succeed.
|Walter Goncalves makes his MMA debut after tough Muay Thai stints|
|Transition to MMA fueled by long-held dream and desire|
|Goncalves faces Banma Duoji at ONE Fight Night 12 next week|
|Confident in his striking abilities, Goncalves aims for victory|
|Determined to make the most of his second chance in MMA|
Walter Goncalves, a Brazilian fighter, has recently made his MMA debut after facing tough challenges in Muay Thai fights. Despite losing three out of four matches, Goncalves is determined to find success in his new venture. In his first fight for ONE Championship , he went head-to-head with Rodtang Jitmuangnon, one of the division’s best fighters, and held his own in a split decision loss. However, his subsequent fights against Kohei Kodera and Superlek Kiatmoo9 did not go as planned.
Transition to MMA
After facing setbacks in Muay Thai, Goncalves decided to transition to MMA. This decision was not made overnight but was a result of his long-held dream and desire to compete in this sport. He had been training hard and waiting for the right moment to make his debut. Goncalves stated, "I’ve been training jiu-jitsu for a long time, but since I was fighting Muay Thai, I couldn’t fully dedicate myself to grappling training. But now it’s different. I’m totally focused on MMA, and I’m sure I’ll make this transition well."
The Upcoming Fight
Goncalves is set to face Banma Duoji at ONE Fight Night 12 next week. Despite his opponent’s experience in MMA with 16 fights to his name, Goncalves remains confident and motivated. He describes Duoji as a tough and strong fighter but believes his preparation will lead him to victory. Goncalves stated, "I’m sure I’ll have a great fight with him and, God willing, I’ll get the win."
Goncalves, with his experience in Muay Thai, is not intimidated by Duoji’s striking abilities. He hopes for an exciting fight where both fighters can showcase their skills. Goncalves mentioned, "I watched some of his fights, and I saw that he likes to throw kicks and punches. I think those are his strong points. But I also like to do that, so let’s put on a show! I didn’t see any weaknesses in his game, but I don’t think he can handle striking with me."
While Goncalves may not have lived up to his potential in Muay Thai fights for ONE Championship , MMA has given him a second chance. He is determined to make the most of this opportunity and prove himself in the octagon. With his dedication and training, Goncalves aims to achieve success in his MMA career.