Japan and Brazil are two of the most powerful countries in MMA, and Goiti Yamauchi is counting on that to gather more support from fans.
Born in Anjo, Japan, the featherweight prospect returns to the Bellator cage Friday night against former “King of Pancrase” Isao Kobayashi, and facing a fellow Japanese talent brings up the history of his family.
“People consider me Japanese here in Brazil,” Yamauchi told MMAFighting.com. “Everyone treats me and knows me as Japanese, so I also consider myself Japanese.”
He also considers himself Brazilian, even though most Brazilians don’t see him that way.
“My family is Japanese-Brazilian,” he explains. “My grandfather is Japanese, and he came to Brazil and met my grandmother, who is Brazilian, and had my mother. She traveled back to Japan, and I was born there. When I was 4, we returned to Brazil, and I never visited Japan since.
“Make two nations proud, that’s what I hope for,” he continued. “I was born there, but lived the majority of my life here. I’m proud to be carrying two flags with me. I represent everyone who follows my work, Japan and Brazil.”
Facing Kobayashi is a tough challenge for the 22-year-old prospect, who returns to action after ….View original article
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