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SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 25: Gilbert Burns poses on the scale after making weight during the UFC fight night weigh-in at the SAP Center on July 25, 2014 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TRAINING: My typical day of training is a group practice with my main coach Henri Hooft, MMA drills with my mentor Vitor Belfort, and strength and conditioning with coach Jake Bonacci.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started jiu-jitsu in 1998 when I was 12 years old, and started MMA in 2011.
What ranks and titles have you held? 2nd place in No Gi IBJJF World Rankings (Middleweight) and 4-time World Jiu-Jitsu champion.
Do you have any heroes? No
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s a privilege and a dream come true. It’s an important accomplished goal and I’m looking forward to winning the belt, because that’s the main goal.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I studied Physical Education but did not graduate.
What was your job before you started fighting? I used to work at a car wash. I also worked as a tire repairman and worked at an office running errands.
If any, list ranks in any martial arts styles: 2nd degree black belt in Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite grappling technique: Armbar
Favorite striking technique: Spinning kick