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TRAINING: I train every day in the morning, I do fight preparation between 10:00 to 12:00 (Muay Thai, jiu jitsu, boxing and takedown defense) and in the afternoon I do physical preparation in another gym. I’m also sparring twice a week.
Thoughts on opponent, Hacran Dias? He has a great MMA record and is experienced, and even though he is younger, he is making his debut in the biggest MMA event in the world, and there I’m more accustomed. He comes from a great jiu jitsu academy, but he is also a good striker and this will be a great fight for both sides.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started fighting in 2000 for the culture of my people. Fighting marajoara is a tradition; the older teach the younger.
What ranks and titles have you held? Regional champion in Jiu-Jitsu (Black Belt) 5 times state champion in Muay Thai. Holder of many regional event titles. BJJ Black belt
Do you have any heroes? My mother
What is your favorite technique? Marajoara Fight (the traditional fighting style of my land, so I am called Yuri Marajó)
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means that my dreams have come true
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
What was your job before you started fighting? Brazilian Military Force Aeria