|From:||Limoeira do Norte Brazil|
|Fights Out Of:||Rio de Janeiro Brazil|
|Height:||5' 5" ( 165 cm )|
|Weight:||125 lb ( 56 kg )|
UFC Fight Night at Arena Goiania on November 9, 2013 in Goiania, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Nov 09, 2013
UFC weigh-in event at Arena Goiania on November 8, 2013 in Goiania, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Nov 08, 2013
UFC 163 at HSBC Arena on August 3, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Aug 03, 2013
UFC 163 Weigh-In at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday, August 2, 2013. (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Aug 02, 2013
TRAINING: Six hours of training split into Thai Boxing, Luta Livre and MMA training.
When and why did you start training for fighting? When I was very young, because at first I thought it was fun, and then realized I could make a living by fighting.
What ranks and titles have you held? I am a Luta Livre purple belt
Do you have any heroes? Jesus Christ
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s my dream coming true. I have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. Now it’s my time to shine.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
What was your job before you started fighting? I had many different jobs; I worked in a farm, in a restaurant.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I have a couple grappling titles, but my focus has always been MMA.
Favorite grappling technique: Flying Triangle
Favorite striking technique: Superman Punch
• Pro since 2004
• Loss to Lineker snapped 17 fight unbeaten streak; previous loss was in 2008
• 15 wins by KO; 13 wins by submission
• 19 first round finishes
• Eight wins by rear naked choke