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Paulo Thiago

Former UFC fighter Paulo Thiago put together a 13 fight run in the Octagon over a five-year period despite also being gainfully employed as a member of Brazil’s elite military police unit, B.O.P.E.

The 400 strong unit, specializes in urban warfare due to their work in the crime-ridden favelas of Rio De Janeiro.

In a nut-shell, BOPE is who the Brazilian police call upon when a situation gets too much for them to handle, which meant that for Thiago, stepping into the cage to fight was no big deal.

”To experience situations of great danger, I think hardens a man’s spirit,” Thiago stated in a UFC promo prior to one of his fights. “He gains more tranquility in situations a normal person would lose control. I think that in this way, my military service helped my MMA a lot.”