Diogo CALADO - Interview
By Julien LANCHAS , Friday October 23, 2015
Diogo CALADO, 25 years old, is undoubtedly the number one fighter in Portugal. After great fights against YODSANKLAI, Yohan LIDON or SAIYOK, he is fighting Raphael LLODRA on November 7th in Switzerland for the ENFUSION title.
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I started Karate at the age of 7. When I was 14 I started seeing K1 fights and Buakaw was number 1, so I decided I wanted to try Muay Thai. When I tried it, I have never left.
You train at Dinamite team. Could you introduce your gym ?
Dinamite Team is the biggest team in Portugal right now. The founder and coach is Dina Pedro and she runs two gyms, one in Lisbon and other in Mafra. We are about 120 Dinamite Team members and have about 10 professional fighters and a lot of B class and amateurs fighters.
So your trainer is a woman ? It's uncommon, isn't it ?
I had other coaches before coming to Dinamite Team and all of them were men. I can say that none of those men can compare their teams to Dinamite Team and none of those coaches can compare the results that their teams have to Dina Pedro's team. A funny thing is that a lot of people from coaches to athletes don't believe that Dina makes us pads, because they think that a woman cannot hold pads for heavy men. I can tell she holds us pads and kill us. Sometimes when we go to fight abroad people don't believe that Dina is the coach or they think "A woman coaching Muay Thai? Her athletes are not good for sure." Then they see our fights and they change their minds.
How is Muaythai in Portugal ?
Muay Thai in Portugal is very small, it's beginning to grow but it will take a lot of years to get to the level of France or England. Being a professional Muay Thai fighter in Portugal is almost impossible if you don't fight in other countries, you can only do it if your coach/manager can get you fights abroad.
You're going to face Raphael LLODRA at Enfusion. What can you say about this fighter ?
Raphael Llodra is a strong fighter with a very big heart and cardio. Very good with his knees and clinch.
Is the Enfusion title important to you ?
The Enfusion Title is very important to me. If I win, it's a really big step in my career as a fighter and it will help me get to the next level in my fighting career.
You fought other french fighters : Yohan LIDON, Cheick SIDIBE, Lotfi TALBI. What do you remember about these fights ?
All of them are good fighters and I respect them a lot. I fought Cheick for a WBC Title and the fight was going really well until I got cut by an elbow and the doctor stopped the contest. I fought with Lotfi for ISKA Title in Switzerland and won the fight. Yohan, I fought him in June, the fight was scheduled to be Muay Thai, no elbows with MMA gloves. In the day of the fight they changed the rules to Muay Thai with elbows and normal gloves and inside the ring they changed it to K1. I was there to fight, so I fought and did what everyone saw, I would really enjoy a rematch with Yohan in Full Thai Rules.
You faced YODSANKLAI at THAI FIGHT ? What can you say about this fight ?
Fighting Yodsanklai was a dream come true. Yod was and is one of my idols. It was a really hard fight, beginning at the weight class, it's really, really hard for me to make less than 72kg but I did it and think it was a nice fight for the public. That was the fight that changed the way that people looked at me as a fighter.
SAIYOK is an other thai superstar you faced ? What do you remember about this fight ?
Saiyok is another great fighter that I would like to fight again. I was really well conditioned for that fight and was feeling readier than ever for a big fight. The fight was going well but Saiyok cut me really badly with an elbow and the doctor stopped the fight in the second round.
What kind of fighter are you ? How can you describe your style ?
I think I'm a well-rounded fighter that as the ability to change is style depending on his opponent. Normally I kick a lot but it will always depend on who's in front of me.
What is your main goal in your career ?
My main goal as a fighter is to be a respected fighter all over the world. I really want to fight the best and be in the best fighting circuits so I can prove to myself that I'm able to fight anyone.