Silva not fazed by fighting in Franklin's home town

Originally Published: October 19, 2007
By Denis Martins | Sherdog.com

To Brazilian mixed martial artists, fighting in an opponent's homeland is more common than anyone outside of South America's biggest country can imagine.

Brazil doesn't have major MMA promotions that pay huge salaries to their native athletes. When Brazilian fighters want recognition and money, they have to leave their friendly confines and travel abroad.

Soccer, the top sport in Brazil, has a few similarities to MMA. Junior soccer players only reach their financial independence ...

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