Trocacao Franca: The fight fan tales of samba star Dudu Nobre


One of Brazil’s most popular samba stars has deep roots in the martial arts world.

Multiple-time Carnival winner in Rio de Janeiro, Dudu Nobre is a guest on the latest episode of MMA Fighting’s Portuguese-language podcast Trocacao Franca . He discusses how he teamed with Brazil’s most prominent stars before MMA was a big hit in Brazil.

Nobre was backstage with Anderson Silva and his crew at the Mandalay Bay Events Center leading up to his legendary win over Vitor Belfort. A friend of “The Spider” since his Cage Rage days, Nobre reveals an awkward interaction with Steven Seagal before saying The Lord’s Prayer with Silva and his teammates.

The Rio de Janeiro native wrote an anti-Conor McGregor song before the Jose Aldo match, which was mocked by his friends. Nobre knew the UFC champ before he became famous. They cheered for the same Rio de Janeiro soccer team. He started training in martial arts in order to be able to work with soccer teams, and has never been beyond a purple belt in Jiu-jitsu.

In a 45-minute interview, Nobre recalled traveling all over the world to watch MMA events, from Germany to Las Vegas to Japan to Brazil, from big-time UFC events to the regional scene in Rio de Janeiro, as well as visiting legendary teams in their peak, like Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio Rua battling in the Chute Boxe headquarters in Curitiba during the PRIDE era.

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