Leandro Issa’s fighting career has taken him to places he could barely have imagined. He lives and trains in Singapore and has fought in cities all over the world, including Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas, and Rio de Janeiro, but his next match-up will be in completely new territory.
After a year away from the Octagon, the Brazilian was slightly surprised to get the call to compete against Taylor Lapilus at UFC Fight Night 93 in Hamburg,
“I was a bit surprised to be fighting in Germany. Fighting out of Evolve MMA in Singapore, I thought the UFC may have me fight more in Asia, but I have enjoyed the opportunities to fight in Brazil and Las Vegas. It doesn’t matter where I fight, I’ll be ready and will do my best inside of the cage.”
Issa’s last two UFC fights have been in his native Brazil. After nearly seven years training and living in Asia, returning to his native country to fight for the world’s biggest MMA promotion was a special moment.
“I have had the opportunity to fight for the UFC in Brazil two times; both were great experiences. I had a lot of support from the fans and a lot of friends and family were able to come. It had been a dream of mine to fight for the UFC in Brazil, so it was an amazing feeling.”
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After back-to-back submission wins, Issa dropped a decision to highly experienced BJJ black belt Iuri Alcantara in his last fight. It was ….View full article