Fight Xchange Episode 5 Recap – Imperato Leaves Brazil
Kara is upset. She calls Michael “A piece of shit” and “ungrateful.”
Imperato hopes to meet Stark in the ring one day (a comment echoed by Stark in our Top MMA Radio show HERE).
Nogueira gym has offered a couple of opponents but Imperato has turned both down. Imperato admits this saying one was a “tough opponent who was not right for me at the time” and one opponent who’s “record was not great but he fought a lot of really talented guys….he had a lots of experience and I am not ready for that…You have to be smart, it is a career.”
Imperato is shown grappling with Ronny Torres. The session goes well.
Felipe Olivieri and Nate Stark are getting along well. “They want to fight because it is important to them and it means a lot to them,” says Kirsh. The team heads to the gym to hit weights. Kirsh and Stark are really interacting well with the Nova Uniao team.
Olivieri introduces Kirsh and Stark to UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
Nova Uniao pros train up to eight hours a day. Jose Aldo is running the BJJ practise.
Stark and Kirsh will attend Pedro Rizzo’s muay thai class. Johnny Eduardo, who is Nova Uniao’s regular coach in the disclipline, calls Rizzo “The Best! A legend!” Imperato hits the beach and passes on Rizzo class to avoid Stark and Kirsh.
Stark then spars with Marlon Sandro, followed by Dudu Dantas. Kirsh then spars with a Nova Uniao amateur woman who is going hard. Kirsh holds her own. Rizzo tells Kirsh to use her hands more and Stark has to move more.
Stark vomited in the change room and they are worried that he has a concussion. He has taken heavy blows to the head.
Kirsh still heads to training while Stark sits out. Kirsh gets a private boxing lesson from Nova Uniao boxing coach Giovanni Diniz.
After the session with Diniz, Stark and Kirsh head to the hospital. Stark does not have a concussion and is cleared to fight.
While the two are away, it gives Imperato a chance to head to the gym in time for a three hour pro only class. Imperato gets a minute with Ronny Torres who takes him to the mat and gives him a couple hard shots.
Imperato wonders if the guys are going a little harder in front of the cameras. Sandro comes over to Imperato, who has been waiting for 45 minutes. Sandro wants Imperato to train in the ring next. Imperato says he will train with a guy then go home. Sandro gets annoyed by that and says “I train with you, I punch you.” Imperato shakes his head. “Don’t cry,” says Sandro. “You don’t cry,” responds Imperato. Imperato is not asked to spar again.
Imperato leaves training as he is tired of waiting. He complains that he has been “next for an hour and a half.” “I am not helping them, if I am not getting any help.”
Olivieri is mad, “You are not just allowed to take your bag and leave.” Imperato says to Gadelha and Olivieri that he will tell Sandro and Pederneiras that he is leaving. Nova Uniao is a family to Gadelha and Olivieri and they feel Imperato is disrespecting their family.
Gadhela says, “I just didn’t like Mike…he didn’t respect our gym. He was a little bad to us. He has what he deserves now.”
Imperato tells Andre Pederneiras that he is tired of waiting, he means no disrespect to him, then Mike leaves.
Imperato realizes that he is no Jose Aldo, but he feels he has to look out for himself. “In this whole world, everyone is selfish. Is it wrong for me to be selfish?”
Imperato packs his bags and heads to the airport. This is the end of the Brazilian experience for Michael Imperato. He says,
“I am going back home….It was a whole life experience, not just MMA…You make mistakes and you fix them next time. Next time I come to that situation or have that problem, maybe I will handle it differently. There are lots of things I learned, lots of things I take from this. People will see lots of sides of me – good side, bad side…It is unfortunate that this is how they will find out about me or get to know me.”
Episode 5 Video Recap
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