Rodrigo Botti Talks Blackzilians, Joining Rashad and Overeem, and More

Photo Credit: Drysdale Jiu-Jitsu
Photo Credit: Drysdale Jiu-Jitsu
G DAnalyst IIIMarch 26, 2012

The Blackzilians have yet another man on board.

And quite possibly the wisest of the bunch: Rodrigo "The Brave" Botti (3-0).

"I have always been inspired to accomplish many things. I have always told myself that I can accomplish many things if I just believe," Botti told Bleacher Report.

What makes Botti the wisest?

Few fail to realize that while Botti is certainly an accomplished mixed martial artist, he speaks four different languages, holds a law degree, and has won a number of championships in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Needless to say, Botti is excited to bring his talents to Deerfield Beach, FL, to train with some of the best mixed martial artists in the world.

"I am very, very excited to join the Blackzilians," said Botti. "I feel that I will be able to learn many things from some of the best fighters in the world.

"I believe that I can also bring many things to the table and help teach some of the other guys. I'm most looking forward to learning many things from Rashad Evans, Alistair Overeem, and the great group of guys we have."

While Botti is certainly bringing world-class talent to an already electrifying pool of fighters, he doesn't necessarily have the numbers many would expect.

Botti has fought just three times since 2005.

But, in all three bouts, Botti has come out on top by finishing his opponent before the final bell could ring.

"Things haven't always worked out the way I've wanted them to in the past," said Botti. "I've only fought three times in the past few years because I have faced several injuries."

"I feel that I have overcome these injuries and I'm ready for my future as a Blackzilian. I'm also excited to have the opportunity to fight under Authentic Sports Management. All three of my fights have been wins and I want to continue fighting more and more," said Botti.

While Botti is uncertain of who his next opponent will be, one thing is for sure—he'll be ready.

"I really don't have too much of a life outside of the gym," said Botti. "I spend all my time there, sometimes up to 10-12 hours a day."

"I just want to keep bettering myself every single day."


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