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TRAINING: Training Monday to Saturday. Morning - wrestling and boxing, defense and counter-attacks. Night – jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai. I do physical training three times a week and spar two times a week.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training a little late, at 19 years of age. I realized I had talent and what I really wanted to do was fight, so it was then that I began to do more work in MMA. Soon after my debut in MMA, I met the Nogueira brothers, and I started to train with Team Nogueira.
What ranks and titles have you held? Dark blue tip Muay Thai, Blue belt in jiu-jitsu, Champion Ichigeki Brazil GP 2009, FCF Champion - First Class Fight 4, Max Champion Fight 7 - Rally Brazil, Champion Campinas Fight 2, Champion MMA X-Fight, Champion Fight Max 8, Champion Fight Mx 13
Do you have any heroes? The Incredible Hulk
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It is my professional fulfillment of a dream and the chance to change my life and my family’s lives. Being in the biggest, hardest and most important event in the world is everything that a MMA athlete wants and I got it, and I’ll do anything to stay here.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I never got to attend a university. When I started training I had already decided to become a fighter.
What was your job before you started fighting? My last job outside of MMA was in security.