LAS VEGAS — Joanderson Brito showed his heavy hand in the UFC on ESPN 35, but he also took his first promotional win with a heavy heart.
As he revealed in his in-cage interview after knocking out Andre Philly in 41 seconds, Brito (13-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is still processing the unexpected death of his uncle, which happened during the day. to battle.
“Everything was very quick, really,” Brito told MMA Junkie in a post-fight news conference. “He was admitted to the hospital in the last 24-48 hours. He went to the hospital yesterday and has just passed away.”
Brito has a close-knit family and agile team, which also includes Chute Box coach Joo Emilio. While he offered support, Brito found it best to limit the amount of discussion about the death – until after the fight.
“My family (helped me), first of all,” said Brito. “My coaches were family to me as I was with me. My family tried to hide it from me. When I found out I spoke to him briefly. But I literally tried not to talk to anyone, in order not to prolong the conversation. But now after the win and at this time I just want to take a bath. Now I am going to talk to my family about this.”
Life comes with good and bad, and while his uncle’s death stings deeply, Brito is rich in experience and material wealth after UFC on ESPN 35. His first UFC victory was a cunning in optics and came against a knowledgeable veteran. The winner of one of four $50,000 performance bonuses, Brito has plans for his extra wad of Fight Night cash.
“I already have some land at home to buy,” Brito said. “Money already has a destination. I know what to do with the bonus money, if I find it. … land just to build a small farm, to enjoy the weekend.