Ricardo Prasel will fight for the KSW heavyweight title in Poland tonight against Phil De Fries. Prasel told Daily Star Sport: “I feel very good to be fighting for the title.
Ex footballer Ricardo Prasel has gone from Chelsea talent to the brink of heavyweight MMA glory. This after he was forced to retire shortly after taking on Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack in West London. Prasel switched to martial arts after recovering from an injury that ended his career.
Better than football
The former 1.80m goalkeeper used his fitness perfectly after he was forced to retire from football by winning 13 of his 16 professional MMA fights. And often use a huge drop kick to his advantage.
Now, 12 years after leaving Stamford Bridge, Prasel takes on KSW’s British heavyweight king Phil De Fries and knows that a win will surpass the feeling he got when he signed for Chelsea.
I feel good
,,I feel very good to fight for the title here. Phil is a great athlete and he is undefeated in KSW. But everyone loses at some point and I hope I can surprise everyone.” The 32-year-old took 13 wins in 16 MMA fights, including a failed attempt to reach the UFC on Dana White’s Contender Series.
Prasel is sure that overcoming De Fries would surpass securing a contract for Chelsea. He concluded: “If I win the title I will definitely be happier than going to Chelsea. In Brazil these days I am better known as a fighter than as a player, although there are still many comments about being a footballer.”