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TRAINING: Covers all areas each week - MMA, ground, standup, and physical training
Thoughts on opponent, Cristiano Marcello? He has a very good ground game, is heavy handed and is one of the toughest fighters.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started MMA training when I was 20 years old
What ranks and titles have you held? Pancrase World Ranking No.2 in 155lb weight class.
Do you have any heroes? Takanori Gomi is my hero in MMA
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? A dream come true. It was my dream to fight in the UFC. However, it is just the starting point of my MMA career and I would like to make sure I win my UFC debut in Japan!
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No. Instead I went to a vocational school after I graduated high school.
What was your job before you started fighting? Cleaner
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Judo Black Belt (2nd Degree), Jiu-jitsu Purple Belt
Favorite grappling technique: Armbar
Favorite Striking technique: Straight punch