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Francis MeadowArgentine mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, is 19 years old and spent 26 percent of your life competing: he has been doing it since


Francis Argentine mixed martial arts () fighter, is 19 years old and spent 26 percent your life competing: he has been doing it since he was 14. As if that number were not enough to describe him, suffice it to say that he knows no defeat: he is undefeated and always won before judges decisionboth by knockout and submission.

“Obviously it’s something I don’t want to lose, but it’s not like before fight I say ‘I want this yes or yes.’ it is something that not many fighters have and it attracts attention“, he told Clarion from Córdoba Capital, where he trains in the gym Alpha Team of that province.

During 2021 Prado moved to Brazil for six months to perfect himself and compete in an elite country in MMA. It was there that he won the championship Samurai Fight House (SFH) against the brazilian Gabriel Ribeirosame belt that he defended in February against Diego Basaldowhere he gave away a great knockout at the event that company held in Buenos Aires.

is from San Lorenzo, Santa Fe, but he lives in Córdoba with his partner and it will be in that city where he will exhibit his title again on June 12.

He is already processing the US visa to go live there and, if he manages to succeed in his next challenge, will be left with a record of 9-0 to find that a large company attract their talent.

– How did you start in martial arts and in MMA in particular?

– I’ve been training since I was six years old. I started with karate, then I did taekwondo and boxing. Until at 14 years old I saw an MMA fight and said to myself: ‘I want to do that’. I started training and six months later I had my first amateur fight. I did five fights that I won in the first round. At 17 I made my professional debut and today I am here, 19 years old and eight professional fights, all victories.

– Is the undefeated one more motivation for you?

– Yes. Before a fight I tell myself that I have to define it, that I don’t want to leave anything in the hands of the judges.

– In your last fight you lost the first round, but you changed everything with a knee. How did you experience it?

– I knew he was a tough fighter and had to survive the first one. Before the second I told my coaches: ‘Well teacher, now I go out and knock him out’. And it was so.

– How do you define yourself as a fighter?

– I am a young fighter, hungry and eager to prove. I want to represent my country everywhere.

Francisco Prado, Argentine MMA fighter. Instagram photo / capture.

– How is your day?

– From Monday to Saturday, from six in the morning I go running, from 9 to 11 am I train in the wrestling field. From 15 to 17 the boxing and kickboxing part and then, from 19 to 20 I do the physical part. I train six or seven hours a day. Eat and rest.

– Is it sacrificed or do you enjoy it?

– It is quite sacrificed but it is something that I enjoy a lot. It would not be the same for me to get up to go to work in a factory or to an office and be there all day. It’s totally different, I enjoy it and I love doing it. I feel blessed to be able to do what I love.

– Only the food for a professional fighter is very expensive. How do you finance yourself?

– I have a manager (Martín Pakciarz, the creator of SFH) who gives me a hand. Also now I am giving classes, twice a week nothing more, but he helps me in that sense.

– Who is your reference in the sport?

– I used to see Santiago Ponzinibbio a lot. It motivated me a lot. It’s like I said, ‘If he did it, if he could do it, so can I.’ He opened my head a lot.

– Many fighters to evolve have to leave the country. Are you thinking about that?

– Brazil and the United States are two sports powers. Now I am processing my visa and the idea is to go fight and live in the United States.

Francisco Prado, Argentine MMA fighter.  Instagram photo / capture.

Francisco Prado, Argentine MMA fighter. Instagram photo / capture.

– What is the most difficult and the easiest for you in MMA?

– The most difficult thing I think is day to day, being disciplined. The fight is against one every day, getting up early, training, eating healthy things. The easiest and cutest thing is to get on a cage and fight. It’s what we all like.

– If you were to successfully defend the belt in June: How are you doing?

– The next step will be to travel to the US I think I’m going to have nine professional fights… And with a 9-0 I think they could call me from some event there.

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