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It is just past midnight when coach Rafael Cordeiro begins the session in the workout room of the Hotel Gran Marquise in Fortaleza.
More than 5,000 miles separate the Kings MMA gym in Huntington Beach, California from the small, hot room in Fortaleza, but the energy is the same tonight as it is on any day.
Professor Cordeiro orders five rounds, mixing shadow boxing and grappling followed by a minute of rest. The idea is to practice techniques, lose weight and set the timing to peak when the fighters enter the Octagon at the Centro de Formacao Olimpico. Continue reading