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SEATTLE, WA - JULY 24: Jessica Andrade conducts an open training session for fans and media at the Seattle Center Pavilion on July 24, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TRAINING: I wake up at 7am, have a glass of milk and go running. Usually I do about 10kms in the morning. When I get back home I rest a bit and at 10am I go to the gym to do strength and conditioning. From there I go back home to have lunch. At 12:40 I leave home again to get to the gym at around 1:30pm to have my boxing training. At around 3:30 I leave the gym and go back home, rest a bit and have dinner. At 7pm I’m back at the gym and I do my 2 night sessions, which are usually Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu or MMA. From there it's back home. I take a shower and go to bed.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I used to do judo in school, and when I was finishing high school I was invited to start training jiu-jitsu. Eight months after my first jiu-jitsu class I had my first pro fight, I loved it and had to keep on doing it. That was back in 2011.
What ranks and titles have you held? I’m a blue belt in jiu-jitsu and a light blue rank in Muay Thai
Do you have any heroes? My family and my master are my heroes.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s a dream come true. There is no way of denying that fighting in the UFC is an objective every MMA fighter must strive to achieve.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No, I got into MMA straight out of high school.
What was your job before you started fighting? I worked on a few jobs here and there. For five years I worked on a "Pesque e Pague" (a place with lakes where people can catch fish and pay for the fish they catch), I worked in a pharmacy for a few months, and also worked as a truck driver at a farm.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Nothing major, but I do have a few trophies for futsal (five a side) soccer.
Favorite grappling technique: Rear naked choke
Favorite striking technique: Overhand