Posted 1/16/08 9:55:00PM
Wilson Gouveia’s talent is a blessing and a curse, says a longtime friend and trainer.
American Top Team patriarch Ricardo Liborio met the fighter nine years ago, long before he became a competitor in the UFC’s middleweight division. He was a 15-year-old from Fortaleza, Brazil, with a blue belt in jiu-jitsu who got things easier than others. On the ground, he gave everyone fits. They began working together and found Wilson had heavy hands, too.
But his abilities came at a price. Because things came so easy to him, he often didn’t train as hard as others. He started a family in Coconut Creek, Fla., ATT’s home base, which sometimes made him listless in camp.
What’s more, he shut off if you played drill sergeant and barked orders.
Posted 6/15/07 2:09:00AM
good read love that guy another 195 hmmm i wonder if they may make some wight class changes!
would be cool.
Posted 5/19/09 7:57:00PM
Weight class changes to help lazy fighters is a disgusting and absurd idea. Make 185 or bulk up for 205. Fighters don't need to be babied with special weight classes so every fan can prance happily through a pasture.
Posted 8/3/07 5:23:00PM
I can understand doing a 195 fight for the Franklin/Silva fight, that actually made some sense. But for two midcarders? I absolutely hope this doesn't become a trend...
Posted 7/5/07 11:42:00PM
this was the hardest bout to pick for me