by Brian J. D’Souza
The chronic shortage of MMA cards in Ontario seems to have ended with the advent of Global Warriors Fighting Championship, which hosts a show in Burlington on May 30th. The card boasts an impressive array of homegrown talent including Josh Hill, Ryan Dickson and Adrian Woolley. Further down on the undercard is the talent that needs to be nurtured to ensure the future of the sport, including one Gabe Sagman (1-1).
I first met Gabe in 2009 when I started training at Toronto BJJ. He was a blue belt then, and has since progressed to earning his brown belt. He’s excited for his upcoming fight with Bojan Kladnjakovic (2-3), telling me “[I’m] feeling dangerous everywhere…you can expect fireworks.”
During the last two weeks, I opted to shadow Gabe for an upcoming film project. There were many hours spent in the gym, going through the expected drills. I also got to see him cornering his brother Reuben in a Muay Thai demo and working with veteran coaches, like UFC fighter Claude Patrick.
We’re used to seeing athletes compete on big shows—the polished end-product that draws millions of viewers around the world. But it all starts somewhere, and Gabe is one of those few faces who you continually run into on the mats because he’s dedicated.
I sat down to talk with Gabe in order to get his thoughts on training with Professor Jorge Britto under the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu banner, sparring with his own brother, how he got the nickname “Gucci” and why he’s now called Gabe “Samurai” Sagman.
Says Gabe, “I have a never die, never-quit attitude.”
I’m looking forward to seeing him put it all together on May 30th, documenting every step as he moves towards his dream.