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DENVER, CO - AUGUST 11: (L-R) Buddy Roberts punches Yushin Okami during their middleweight bout at UFC 150 inside Pepsi Center on August 11, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Nick Laham/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TRAINING: After coming back to Japan, I’ll be training in match form. I’m trying to adjust to bring my best to the day.
When and why did you start training for fighting? Five years ago; my friend got me started.
What ranks and titles have you held? Third-ranked Pancrase middleweight, 2003 ADCC Japanese qualification winner.
Do you have any heroes? Caol Uno
What is your favorite technique? Ground and pound
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? UFC is my dream since from when I started training MMA, and my challenge to the world.
What was your job before you started fighting? Working in a restaurant and Pachinko.