RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Bruno Frazatto is one of the top jiu-jitsu fighters in the world, but he won’t put on a gi to compete anymore.
A two-time Brazilian national champion, a gold medalist at the IBJJF Pan American Championship and the European Open champion, Frazatto (5-0) decided to leave the mats to focus on his MMA career after he signed a deal with Resurrection Fighting Alliance.
The jiu-jitsu expert makes his RFA debut on Oct. 25 in Iowa, where he faces undefeated William Osborne, and he’s ready for the new challenges of his career.
"I’m a MMA fighter now but I’ll try to take this fight to the ground, where I can do my best," Frazatto told MMAFighting.com. "He won his last three fights and is pretty well-rounded, but not a specialist in anything. I know he’s tough, but I’m going to do my best."
Frazatto is 5-0 in MMA with four finishes, but he took years to finally move from jiu-jitsu competition to mixed martial arts.
The featherweight accepted an invitation to teach jiu-jitsu to MMA fighters at Team Nogueira, and that made him return to the sport six years after his last fight in 2007.
Last June, a first-round submission over Fernando dos Santos, was enough to make Frazatto fall in love with MMA once again.
"My last fight was six years ago, but I fought last June and won," he said. "I felt great. Training at Team Nogueira made me stronger and gave me the experience I needed to win. I’m completely focused on MMA now. I’ve signed a three-fight deal with RFA and that’s my focus now."
"Pachu is helping me a lot here," he continued. "He has an excellent striking game and good takedown defense, just like my next opponent, but I have a lot of great sparring partners here. I’m learning more than teaching here now."
Anthony Pettis’ brother, Sergio Pettis has signed a deal with the UFC after a successful run at RFA, and that’s Frazatto’s ultimate goal.
"My dream is to fight in the UFC, but I know that I’m not ready yet," he said. "I need a year to win some fights and get more experience. Getting in there right now wouldn’t be the right moment. I want to get there and stay there."