Team Nogueira’s Wagner ‘Caldeirao’ Prado is the UFC light-heavyweight newcomer who is set to take on Phil Davis on UFC on Fox 4, on August 4, in Los Angeles. Undefeated in his eight-fight professional career, he has scored seven wins by knockout - and six out of them occurred in the first round.
Davis (9-1) has already fought Rogerio Nogueira and won the bout by unanimous decision. Prado has talked to ‘Lil Nog’ in order to get some hints to succeed against the top wrestler, who fought Rashad Evans earlier this year in a contender elimination bout.
“I talked quickly with Rogerio but I noticed that he was very happy and euphoric. We talked heatedly and he told me to train and that ‘we will defeat this guy, knock him out so let’s get there well trained,’” Prado says.
“He passed on to me a very good adrenaline and I will be focused, train hard and my objective is the same: the knockout!”
The 25 year-old fighter affirmed that he knows the adversary well and that he has studied him, together with the whole of Team Nogueira, when “Minotouro” faced Davis. Wagner is known for the saying ‘Together!’ that has been popularized among the Brazilian mixed martial fans. Caldeirao declares that the ‘Together!” will take over the world.
“I already analyzed him when he fought Rogerio because the team sees the least details of the opponent. Now I am going to study even more. He is very good at takedown, wrestling, his game is to put down and score points.
“I always trained takedown defense and now I’m gonna train more than ever but my hand is as heavy as always. The together will catch on inside the Octagon. The Brazil will be in that glove rooting for me. I will represent and I will land a ‘Together!’ on Phil Davis’ chin!”
For Wagner’s debut at UFC, Rogerio Nogueira believes his Muay Thai will make the difference along the fight and Caldeirao will surprise Davis’ wrestling.
“Phil is very good at wrestling and I will try to help him in the takedowns, since Phil comes from the underneath to try it but Caldeirao uses his knees a lot. Phil will have to watch out. He has heavy hands, sharpened Muay Thai, improved his jiu-jitsu a lot too. He has the chance to win.”