Where Are They Now: Alberto Crane Discusses his Fight Career and Mentoring Others Toward Success
Alberto Crane has never been afraid to take on new challenges in his career. It is this passion and dedication that has contributed to his extraordinary success over the years in his grappling and MMA career.
Using the tools he has acquired along his journey, Crane has transformed from student to teacher while continuing to push through his own boundaries and challenge himself in martial arts.
US Combat Sports had a chance to talk with the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt as he discussed how he continues to keep motivated while helping others to achieve success in their careers.
Just recently you had your 20th Professional fight in France. Can you tell us about your overall experience fighting overseas and about your victory?
Alberto: I have wanted to fight an MMA event in Europe for a while now so when I got the call to go of course I accepted! It didn’t hurt that it was adjacent to the French Riviera. The Arena was right on the Mediterranean in a Bull Fighting Arena and then to get a first round sub win couldn’t have asked for a better experience. It was something else.
There was a time in your career where you experienced a short layoff, what were some of the factors that contributed to that?
Alberto: Well my return to the fight game in 2007 didn’t go as well as I hoped. After going 8-0 before my layoff I jumped right into the big show and went 0-3 and got beat up a few times in the process. Some of the factors to that was me relocating to Los Angeles with my family and not having my old Coaches and Team behind me that I had spent years building and of course I should have done a tune up fight or two before the UFC. I have no regrets though, I want to experience it all.
With all that your have accomplished in your career what motivates you to continue to fight?
Alberto: I love competition, the challenge of MMA and the sport! Its exciting man! There are so many variables that can happen, so many things to figure out, I just love it all.
As a MMA coach how do you help your fighters reach the level you have reached or beyond?
Alberto: I've been involved in the fight game for a while now and do my best to mentor them as much as I can from techniques to proper training, matchmaking and advice.
How do you balance being a fighter, instructor, and running three successful BJJ schools ?
Alberto: I balance being a fighter, instructor and running the schools by having a schedule of course, but it really comes down to having an amazing group of people around me. It’s my team. It allows me to do what I love to do day in and day out and have enough time to do it.
Do you have any future plans ?
Alberto: I would like to continue to Teach and Coach our BJJ students, train our MMA fighters and bring out the potential in all of them. Me personally I want to fight in the UFC again.
Finally looking back at your career, what has this journey taught you ?
Alberto: Looking back at my career what has this journey taught me? What hasn't it taught me? (laughs) It's taught me to follow my passion, to go after what I want and to get up when I fall, its taught me to win and to enjoy the ride!
Well that wraps things up. Do you have any shout outs or people you would like to thank ?
Alberto: My parents, my wife and all of my family! My past trainers and current ones, Gracie Barra, Prof. Vinicius Draculino Magalhaes , Gracie Barra BH (Belo Horizonte) , Allesandro "ZEE Master" Komadinas, Fred Martinez, Santa Fe BJJ, Greg jackson, Team Quest, GFC, Hayastan, all my up and coming MMA fighters, Jared "The Jackhammer" Papazian (current King of the Cage Champ), Orlando"The Cuban Tree Stump" Sanchez, Martin "The Handfull" Gantt, Rob Gooch, Daniel Clark, Keenan Lewis, Ako Harper, Robert Gleckman and of course last but not least all of our mighty students at Gracie Barra Encino , Pasadena, Burbank and coming soon Gracie Barra Woodland Hills and Baldwin Park.