Rousimar Palhares: “What I love is to fight.”

When middleweight Rousimar Palhares enters the Octagon next weekend at UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes he will do so as a relative mystery to American fans, at least outside of his reputation as a powerful grappler with a penchant for procuring devastating submissions. However, the UFC has released a video documenting some of Palhares’ preparation for his bout against Mike Massenzio, giving a revealing look at the enigmatic Brazilian’s life and mindset.

“I always had to do things against my will. Now, when I’m in the Octagon, I’m doing what I love. What I love is to fight,” Palhares explains in the clip. “Everything I went through helped me a lot. Back in the day I was forced to do all kinds of hard labor. Pick beans, clean the cows, cut the tall grass. I’ve had so many hard times and I thought it was bad. But I had to do it. Now I fight, it’s what I like, I love doing it, (and) I’ve dedicated my life to it. You can see when I am in there, for me there is nothing is better.”

“I can’t tell you how great it is and how grateful I am to be fighting here in Brazil,” Palhares continued before expressing his belief he’s improved as both a fighter and human being since the last tiem fans saw him. “I’m to present the best show I can present. Do you know why? Because I want people to believe what I believe. If I have made it, and few have, it takes a lot of character. Everyone can change for the better. That’s what you’ll see on the 14th.”

A Look at Palhares Confusing-at-Times but Ultimately Victorious Performance at UFC 134

Palhares-Massenzio will take part on the main card alongside PPV headliner Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes.

Check out the entire video below: