Less than a day after his father, Diego Braga, was killed in Rio de Janeiro, Gabriel Braga was officially confirmed on the inaugural PFL vs. Bellator MMA event in Saudi Arabia. Braga is scheduled to take on Bellator standout Aaron Pico at 145 pounds in Riyadh on Feb. 24. Many teammates and competitors have wondered if Braga can compete with a clear mind, given that his father primarily trained Braga. To help him prepare for the matchup—providing it stays together—Marcus Silveira, the head of American Top Team, told Sherdog that he has offered to train the 25-year-old for his upcoming engagement.
“Gabriel and Joshua [Silveira] fought on the same card for the whole 2023 season,” the coach noted. “And thanks to that and, obviously the fact that me and Diego were former vale tudo fighters helping our sons to keep our road and go beyond [where] we could go, me and Diego created a tight friendship bond. We four had many breakfasts and lunches together last year, and I ended up inviting Diego and Gabriel to train with us in 2024.”
“Conan” continued, “I could see the amazing relationship between Diego and Gabriel, so similar to mine with Joshua. All I can say is that my heart is totally broken and the doors of ATT are really open to Gabriel. I feel that as a father’s commitment to Diego. I truly hope Gabriel takes that tragedy as motivation to keep going. Something certainly Diego would want him to do. After all, every father dreams to see the son becoming a champion, and I want Gabriel to know that we are here willing to help him to make his father’s dream come true.”