After conquest his second win among the bantamweights on WEC 49, the black belt Wagnney Fabiano wants to fly higher on the octagon. On an exclusive interview he gave to TATAME, the tough guy commented his win over Frank Gomez, on a unanimous decision, talked about the expectations for the future of his division and commented the wins of Renan Barão, Diego Nunes and Marlon Sandro last weekend, keeping a 100% success rate of Nova União.
One more win on WEC… What did you think about this fight?
It was cool, very nice, especially because the three athletes from Nova União who were fighting on the event won… That felt like a great victory for us, I don’t think only for myself. A win is always a win, it doesn’t matter how the fight went. It wasn’t like I wanted it to be, but I won.
How was it to fight on WEC’s first edition in Canada, a country which you live from a long time?
It was great, a good experience. The last time I fought here, I lost (against Jeff Curran, on APEX, in 2006), so I had a change to fight here again and, this time, I won and it was rewarding.
You changed to a lighter weight division and won two fights. What are the expectations for your future on the bantamweight division?
The expectations are as high as they can get, now they’ll put me to face the toughest ones… But that’s it, if you go there, you have to try it out… I don’t care, I can fight anyone. Since it’s not (Renan) Barão, I’m cool with that, I can fight against anyone.
Do you hope to fight on the main cards of WEC again?
Yeah… I fought once on the main card and now they put me on the preliminary one, but I don’t care for that. Of course that when you fight on the main card, you win more money because of the sponsorship, but what I want to do is fight, I don’t care if I’m on an undercard, it doesn’t matter… Fighting and winning are the important things to me.
What did you think of Barão and Diego Nunes’ wins on the event?
Barão is a promise, I train along with him and I wanted you to know that, if he has an opportunity, he’ll show his value. He’s at the right place, at the right time and at the right timing. He’s a good boy and is willing to win. Diego is a very good kid, got to our time just now and we received him with arms wide open, and I knew that Raphael’s game wouldn’t match his, I knew he’d win.
Meanwhile, in Japan, Marlon Sandro conquest his belt on Sengoku… It was a perfect weekend for the team, wasn’t it?
Marlon is another great fighter, I have a major admiration and respect for him. He came out of nowhere, kept improving and now he’s what you can see, but he didn’t came here just to play. I really respect that guy. I was glad, especially because of the way it happened… I knew, his upper feels like a shot: if it gets you, you’re down. I’ve have a few and I know what I’m talking about (laughs).