A black belt always at the top of the heap at IBJJF tournaments and owner of a tricky guard to pass, Laércio Fernandes is another top-tier competitor joining the fray at the European Championship this January 26 to 29 in Lisbon, Portugal.
“I am looking to be there!” he said.
The light featherweight who won this season’s Phoenix International Open wants to test the waters at roosterweight.
“I always fight well at light featherweight, but since the No-Gi Worlds, where I took runner-up, I felt great and decided I’d like to drop a bit of weight. I’ve never competed at this weight, and I want to see what it’s like. If I feel good, I’ll stay there; I won’t compete at light featherweight again,” he said, adding how he knows he’ll be up against some stiff competition, “As for my opponents, it’s a tough call to say who the main ones are, since you can never make mistakes at black belt. However, I feel Bruno Malfacine is a cut above the rest of the roosterweights, since he won the last few Worlds and has a really aggressive game,” said the new roosterweight in closing.