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TRAINING: I do my technical training in the mornings, strength and conditioning in the afternoons and jiu-jitsu at night.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training Karate at the age of 3. I started training to fight MMA at the age of 17. I always wanted to fight MMA professionally.
What ranks and titles have you held? Former UFC light heavyweight champion. Karate: Brazilian Champion twice, and 2nd in South American Championship. Black Belt in Shotokan karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Do you have any heroes? My Father
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I want to get to the top of the UFC. My Dad always taught me to strive to be the best, and that’s what I plan to do in the UFC. It’s a great honor to fight in this event.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? None
What was your job before you started fighting? I taught and competed in Karate