September 15, 2007

by MMAWeekly TV

At 5-1-1, Andre “Dida” Amade is one of the best kept secrets of the Chute Boxe fight team out of Brazil. But Sept. 17 in Japan as part of the K-1 Hero’s Middleweight Grand Prix, Dida has the opportunity to turn the night into his coming out party.

He made quick work of Artur Oumakhanov in the opening round of the tournament to earn this return trip, which pits him against Karo [Caol] Uno. In Uno, Dida faces the most experienced and skilled opponent of his young career.

While Dida began fighting professionally in 2004, Uno already had more than 20 bouts to his credit. And it’s not like Uno has been dawdling along. He has faced the likes of Hermes Franca, Tatsuya Kawajiri, BJ Penn, Jens Pulver, Rumina Sato and many, many more.

But Dida does have some things working for him. First and foremost, he trains at one of the most well-rounded camps in the world, alongside fighters like Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Maurilo “Ninja” Rua, Wanderlei Silva, Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos and Cristiano Marcello, to name a few.

Like most Chute Boxe fighters, Dida brings an aggressiveness to the ring that is difficult for anyone to deal with and that has been a difficult aspect for Uno to deal with.

Not only that, but Uno’s experience, which does include nine defeats, means that the blueprint has been laid out for Dida by other fighters that have come before him, including fellow Brazilian Gesias “JZ” Calvancanti.

In a recent interview with MMAWeekly’s Ivan Canello, Dida talked about his upcoming fight with Uno; his new 6-fight, 2-year contract with K-1; a proposed bout with Takanori Gomi; his training with Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba; and more.

Watch the entire interview with Andre Dida now, along with more K-1 Hero’s interviews, In The Cage of MMAWeekly’s Premium Members’ section.