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TRAINING: I always practice jiu-jitsu with Gi, using MMA techniques and lots of physical preparation. I’m learning a lot with Jose Aldo and other partners such as Ronny Markes and Caio Magalhães.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started to train when I was 13 years old, because I had a dream to become a black belt and help my family doing what I like.
What ranks and titles have you held? Light heavyweight champion - Shooto Brazil and WOCS
Do you have any heroes? My friend Jose Aldo
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s a dream come true to be recognized by the UFC and to fight in this great organization.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
What was your job before you started fighting? None
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? State Jiu-Jitsu Champion
Ranks in any martial arts styles: BJJ Black Belt, Kickboxing Black Belt
Favorite grappling technique: Triangle
Favorite Striking technique: Uppercut