|From:||Veliko Turnovo Bulgaria|
|Fights Out Of:||Veliko Turnovo Bulgaria|
|Height:||5' 11" ( 180 cm )|
|Weight:||205 lb ( 93 kg )|
UFC Fight Night Weigh-ins at the Hovet Arena on January 23, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Jan 23, 2015
See highlights from Tom Watson, Vaughan Lee, and Phil Harris following their big wins at UFC on FUEL TV 7.Feb 16, 2013 2:00
The official UFC on FUEL TV 7: Barao vs McDonald live on February 16, 2013 at Wimbley Arena in London, United Kingdom.Feb 16, 2013
The official UFC on FUEL TV 7: Barao vs McDonald weigh in on February 15, 2013 at Wimbley Arena inLondon, United Kingdom.Feb 15, 2013
TRAINING: I am working daily on improving my stand-up game, ground game and my cardio.
When and why did you start training for fighting? In 2005 my friend showed me Randy Couture fighting in the UFC and that was enough for me to start to train MMA and to dream that one day I can fight in the UFC.
What ranks and titles have you held? Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Bruno Bastos, two-time National Freestyle Wrestling Champion of Bulgaria, two-time 2nd place National Championship of Bulgaria, 1st place in international tournaments in Russia, Moldova, Turkey and Bulgaria.
Do you have any heroes? My hero is Jesus Christ because he was born, suffered and died for us and our salvation.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? For me to fight in the UFC is a dream come true and I thank the Lord that gave me this opportunity
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? See below
What was your job before you started fighting? I studied in Sports School for 11 years, where I trained wrestling (freestyle), then started with Jiu-Jitsu and MMA
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Veteran of Shooto, Pancrase and Sengoku. Defeated Travis Wiuff and Kevin Randleman.
Favorite grappling technique: Submission
Favorite striking technique: Counter attack
• Defeated UFC vets Kevin Randleman (W3) and Travis Wiuff (TKO3) in back to back bouts in 2009
• Pro since 2006
• Second Bulgarian to fight in UFC; the first, Jordan Radev, went 0-2 in two UFC bouts in 2007