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UFC Quick Quote: 'Americans will dominate the future of mixed martial arts'

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Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
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"Perhaps Brazilians miss the point in training. It's not that we train less, but sometimes we confuse the amount of training with quality. It's sad to say but Americans will dominate the mixed martial arts future. The trend is that the American fighters will take MMA over because of the financial side of the business. If they are not the best in something, they take the best [fighters and coaches] out there. How many Brazilian teach jiu-jitsu in America? Thousands. And how many Cuban or Bulgarian teach boxing or wrestling here? The figure is simple."

Brazilian light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado speaks to (via Fighters Only) about the global disparity in the quality of pre-fight training as it applies to mixed martial arts competition. The pudgy pugilist saw his 11-fight win streak snapped by the rugged Kyle Kingsbury at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 Finale back on June 4 in a bout that saw Maldonado punish the body but still fall short against "Kingsbu" in a majority of other disciplines en route to a unanimous decision loss. Do the other countries have comprehensive camps that can encompass every aspect of MMA training? Or does a trip to the states invariably become a requisite for all future fights?