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TRAINING: I don't really have typical days of training anymore; every day is tailored to how I am feeling, as well as how I am progressing.
Thoughts on opponent, Cezar Ferreira? Cezar is a very tough opponent with a very unique style, and he comes from a camp that is home to some of the top fighters in the world and specifically the middleweight division. He has the luxury of training with Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort on a daily basis. I expect another war when I return to Brazil and I will be prepared for one.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in 2006 to continue competing once college wrestling was over
What titles have you held? NJCAA Wrestling National Champion, Ohio State Wrestling Champion , HS All American , NCAA DIV. 1 All-American, Bad Boy Boxing Champion
Do you have any heroes? No
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? This is my pro league. This is where I can get paid to do what I love. Since there is no real pro wrestling, the UFC is the next best thing. And in all actuality, I like fighting better.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Arizona State University and Graduated with a degree in interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Sociology and Justice Studies.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was a recruiter/Headhunter working for a company called MGA that specialized in the IT and Telecom fields.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? All pretty much in amateur wrestling: NCAA wrestling All-American, Jr. College national champion, HS All-American, State champion, 3x placer, 4x league champion.
Favorite grappling technique: Peruvian Necktie
Favorite striking technique: I like to use kicks