Just one of the all-time finest jiu-jitsu competition, Hannette Staack, is earning the leap to MMA.
Inducted to the IBJJF Hall of Fame right after capturing 7 planet titles amongst 2002 and 2011 and clinching a few ADCC gold medals, Staack determined to check out anything distinctive in 2021. Leader of Brazil-021 health club in Chicago, the 41-year-old legend flew to Rio de Janeiro this earlier December to educate at Nova Uniao, and which is when she was approached with the plan.
“I desired to do something to challenge myself,” Staack said in an interview with MMA Preventing. “Since I now have a handful of titles in jiu-jitsu, no-gi and the ADCC, I did not see substantially feeling in getting into extra tournaments, except for superfights.
“I came to Brazil to coach with a pal and this likelihood was presented to me.”
Staack spoke with Nova Uniao chief and professional mentor Andre Pederneiras about planning for a MMA bout, “something that I’ve generally desired to do but women’s MMA was not so common back again then.” Staack won her 3rd ADCC gold in 2009, years prior to Ronda Rousey broke by means of as a huge star, supporting the total sport in the method.
“Life has taken me to a diverse route of schooling, constructing a gym and possessing pupils,” she stated, “But immediately after performing a good deal of imagining, I noticed it was a very good obstacle.”
Staack sat down with Pederneiras to examine the thought, and the way “Dede” summarised the approach confident the BJJ star that it’s the suitable way to go: “apply jiu-jitsu in all varieties of fight.”
Staack does not have a day established nevertheless, but options on creating her MMA debut in mid-2021. Pederneiras has now made available her a place on a future Shooto Brasil card, she mentioned.
“That’s exactly what I want, to problem myself in a unique form, so I believed of carrying out one particular MMA battle this year,” said Staack, who returns to the United States for a no-gi match on Jan. 29 ahead of kicking off her initial MMA camp. “I require to perform on my boxing and kickboxing, so I’ll concentration on that. Not that I’m likely to alter my properties, but I’ll practice to come to be more complete as a fighter.”