Isaque Bahiense recently unveiled his plans to transition to mixed martial arts (MMA) starting in 2024 with the ultimate goal of claiming the coveted UFC championship. The announcement came through a video shared on his official account, showcasing his dedication to No-Gi training and boxing in preparation for the upcoming challenges in the MMA world.
In the video released last Monday, Bahiense reflected on Nova União’s success in MMA, a team he joined in 2007. While initially harboring ambitions for MMA, he temporarily lost interest after relocating to São Paulo. However, in recent years, the flame of desire to compete in MMA has been reignited, leading him to declare his intention to transition after his last Jiu-Jitsu World Championship in 2024.
“I started at Nova União Bangu in 2007 and followed the team’s entire success story in MMA. At the time, I had this ambition, and after I moved to São Paulo, I ended up losing that desire a little. In recent years, this flame has been rekindling. In 2024, I will do my last Jiu-Jitsu World Championship and then dedicate myself to fighting No-Gi, aiming to become the UFC champion,” outlined Bahiense.
At 27 years old, the Rio native boasts an impressive Jiu-Jitsu career, holding several prestigious IBJJF titles. Known for facing formidable opponents like Mica Galvão, Tainan Dalpra, and the late Leandro Lo, Bahiense is ready to embark on a new chapter in his athletic journey, eyeing success in the dynamic realm of MMA.