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Carlo Pedersoli Jr, the short-notice king

The athlete from Rome eager to carry the fame of the last name Pedersoli overseas

On our shores the name Carlo Pedersoli is immediately recognizable. There probably isn’t a single person in Italy who isn’t familiar with the late famous actor and athlete known as Bud Spencer. The same can’t be said about the people of the United States, though.

This fact is possibly about to change thanks to the performances of his grandson: MMA fighter Carlo Pedersoli Jr.

During the early part of his career, Carlo has often divided the fans, celebrated because of his creative and entertaining fighting style by some, while being accused of having padded his record only taking easy fights by others.

Needless to say, even his biggest detractors have been silenced following his wins over Nicolas Dalby at Cage Warriors 93 and Brad Scott at UFC Fight Night 130. Additional value to those victories has to be given by the fact that both matches were accepted on short notice.

His ambition was not satisfied by these results yet, though, so Carlo decided to gamble by taking a fight against the UFC’s current #14 welterweight: Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira with just a few weeks notice.

The Brazilian was originally slated to face New Yorker Neil Magny, who was pulled from the match because of a schedule change. He is now expected to fight Santiago Ponzinibbio in Argentina in November.

Pedersoli did not think twice and laid out his challenge to Oliveira in his home country, where the whole crowd will be rooting against him.

I love being the underdog, it gives me strength. Hearing the audience cheer against me is the best. I get hyped from that.

The cowboy from Rio de Janeiro is currently in the top 15 of the UFC’s welterweight division rankings, but that does not intimidate nor discourage the fighter from Rome. As a matter of fact, it seems to give him even more motivation.

Facing one of the top 15 welterweights in the UFC is really stimulating. A victory against him would represent a huge leap forward in the rankings for me. I think I can cause him a lot of problems and I’m sure that I’m not inferior to him. I didn’t join the UFC to play around; I want to leave my mark.

On September 22nd, the Gloria Fight Center representative will have to face a mixed martial artist with a completely different background from his. On one hand is Carlo, the grandson of a famous actor, who was born in a wealthy Italian family, on the other hand is Alex, who grew up in poverty and had issues with drug use, before finding savior through MMA. Despite that, Pedersoli believes that this doesn’t make him less “hungry” for victory.

I agree with those who say that an athlete’s background is not important in sports. Grit and determination must come from inside.

Should he emerge victorious, a multitude of opportunities could open up for the fighter from Rome, especially given the abundance of talent featured in the weigh class he competes in. That’s not something he wants to think about yet, though.

I’m only concentrating on Oliveira right now, but we’ll see what the future holds.

“Semento” is currently training in Miami, the city where he was born, along with his coach Lorenzo Borgomeo.

We are finishing our training camp at Hard Knocks 365 with Henri Hooft because of the quality of the coaches and sparring partners, and also to get used to the time-change. To be honest we couldn’t have made a better choice.

Whatever the final result of Saturday’s match will be, one thing is for sure: Carlo Pedersoli Jr. is “hungry” and is not scared to take on any challenge.


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