Watch the inspiring story of a poor boy who was granted his first trip out of Brazil by his friend and idol in Junior Dos Santos -- Photo by Esther Lin for MMA Fighting
Junior dos Santos started out in humble background growing up in Brazil. He has turned his life around with Martial Arts and has made a nice life for his family as his UFC career blossomed. The defending champion hasn't forgotten his roots though, and this week, he even fulfilled the dreams of this 9-year-old Brazilian kid, who reminded him a bit of himself growing up.
More quotes from the boy as he details his overwhelming experience after the jump.
"It's just so exciting being here," Ferreira said Wednesday upon his arrival. "Even to get to sit on an airplane was like a dream. I could see all things out of the window, big buildings and we were really high above them, flying like a dream. But I'm here to help Cigano [dos Santos' nickname] defend his title."
"When I thought of it, I said to myself, 'He reminds me of myself when I was his age,' " dos Santos said. "I was quieter, and he's definitely not quiet. He likes to talk a lot, but he has the same curiosity I had. 'Why do you do this? Why do you do that?' He loves to watch us spar and he wants to try it, too. Every day, though, he is there and talking and asking questions."
Quotes via Y! Sports