Following an impressive submission of Mike Massenzio at UFC Rio, Rousimar Palhares and Murilo Bustamnte take time out to visit the support group for children and adolescents with cancer (GRAACC) and give back to their community which support them. With his own hard up-bringing, Palhares knows what it is like to have to fight at a young age.

My childhood was a lot of work,”Ā Palhares begins. “From sunup until sundown, with my elder brothers and parents, we woke up at 4 a.m. and worked until 5 p.m. We took care of cattle, and we cleaned the plantations … There were times that money was so tight that we had to eat animal feed. We would eat the feed that we gave the pigs … It was a very bad time, and I don’t like to talk about it … I was driving a cattle cart, and it got stuck, and I fell on a cut coffee tree. The fall opened a deep gash in my chest. We were far away from town, and there was no way I could get stitches. The only thing we could do was use Scotch tape to close the gash and help it heal.”

With the emergence of humble fighters around the world like Palhares, mixed martial arts has slowly started to shake the stigma of barbarism of in trade of compassion, and character.

Source: (Portuguese)