For Anyone who really knows MMA then the name Chute Boxe will conjour up images of some of the most famous fights in the history of the sport with Brazilian legends such as Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua his brother Ninja and of course later to become UFC champion Anderson Silva. One name which the people who truly know will know is that of Rafael Cordiero.
After relocating to Huntington Beach California in 2010 Rafael has trained more or less the who’s who of Brazilian MMA and the Kings MMA Gym is certainly a mecca for any fighter looking to train in the USA taking its rightful place in the Elite Dojo’s of North America. His fighters include Fabricio Werdum, Rafael dos Anjos, Lyoto Machida, Beneil Dariush, Wand, Nolan Ticman, Jake Ellenberger whilst his black belt list is also comprehensive.
Whilst visiting Los Angeles home of Revgear Sports on a weeks long adventure taking photos for the upcoming new Revgear.com website we had the pleasure to go and meet Rafael and he kindly granted an interview talking about history, life as a coach and the up coming fight between Rafael Dos Anjos and Conor McGregor at #UFC197.