Luciano dos Santos Souza, better known as gospel rapper Pregador Luo, is famous in the MMA scene for his lyrics and entrance music for many famous fighters, including Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort. The musician even has his works in drawing up special for the sport on the album “Música de Guerra” [translated: “War Music”], a homage to the athletes of MMA.

Practicing martial arts since childhood, Luo made time in his schedule last weekend to attend Xtreme Fighting Championship (XFC) International 2, which took place at the RedeTV! studios on Saturday, March 15.

“I’m always on the move, traveling a lot, due to the shows. But today I managed to come. It is the first live event I’m seeing this year. Today, I came to see Flavio Alvaro, who is a great veteran. We have not talked for a long time, but I wanted to honor him,” Luo said in an exclusive interview with Karol Ribeiro of The MMA Corner’s Brazilian partner, Olhar do fã no MMA.

The good surprise of the night was on account of the marriage proposal of Felipe “Buakaw” Douglas.

“I’m with my wife and friends sitting in the audience, and she found it beautiful, a fighter asking his girlfriend to marry him from the cage,” he said.

A fan and practitioner of martial arts, Luo began in judo as a child and has a great respect for athletes and their routines. The first fighter he met was Anderson Silva in 1999, when the fighter attended the rapper’s concert in Curitiba.

“I am very happy when athletes use my songs as an entrance theme. For me, it is an honor. Athletes have used my music for a long time, and use it today. Not only from the album ‘Música de Guerra.’ I had a song that I made in 2003, ‘Apaga, Mas Não Bate,’ and it was used very often.”

Of his favorite fighters, in addition to Anderson Silva, Luo notes that he wants very much to see Pedro Rizzo back in the cage and taking part in good fights before retiring.

As for the rapper’s busy schedule, Luo has the month off and was able to attend the XFC event. But, throughout the year, he performs in Brazil, as many as three times per night.