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A little more than two-and-a-half years ago, Alberto
Gonzalez Crane stepped out of mixed martial arts competition for what he
believed to be the last time.
At that point, only the upper echelon of the fight world was
able to make a living off of the sport. So the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt
focused his efforts on building his martial arts schools and training other
Now, with the explosion of the sport not only in the United
States, but across the globe, and with a wife and brand new baby boy, Crane has
come to realize a forgotten dream. On Saturday night in Las Vegas, he will step
into the famed Octagon, not as a hopeful, but as a full-time, professional
mixed martial artist.
When he got the call from the UFC, Crane made the
determination that it was now or never. So he sold his schools in Albuquerque
and Santa Fe, New Mexico, packed his bags and moved to Los Angeles to get
serious about his training.
UFC 74 will be Crane’s first bout for the promotion and he
faces a tough task in Roger Huerta, but he also brings with him a stellar
record of 8-0 in professional MMA. Not to mention a wealth of world-class
grappling experience and the experience of being in an epic fight with Javier
Vazquez in his early days.
Not many of the new era of MMA fans know a lot about Alberto
Gonzalez Crane. “He’s the big name and I’m nobody,” said Crane. But he believes
that he brings skill and experience to the Octagon that Huerta has never faced
“He makes mistakes with other guys and he’s gotten away
with, but not with me. He’s never faced anybody like me before.”
Alberto Gonzalez Crane faces Roger Huerta Saturday night at
UFC 74 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
MMAWeekly caught up with Crane as the hours to the fight
have started to wind down in Las Vegas. Go to the
MMAWeekly.com Premium Members section to watch the entire In The Cage interview
with Alberto Gonzalez Crane.