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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 01: Jose Maria interacts with fans and media during a pre-fight press conference at Circo Voador on August 1, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TRAINING: Six hours of training split into Thai Boxing, Luta Livre and MMA training.
When and why did you start training for fighting? When I was very young, because at first I thought it was fun, and then realized I could make a living by fighting.
What ranks and titles have you held? I am a Luta Livre purple belt
Do you have any heroes? Jesus Christ
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s my dream coming true. I have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. Now it’s my time to shine.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
What was your job before you started fighting? I had many different jobs; I worked in a farm, in a restaurant.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I have a couple grappling titles, but my focus has always been MMA.
Favorite grappling technique: Flying Triangle
Favorite striking technique: Superman Punch