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TRAINING: I train Jiu-Jitsu, grappling, and MMA under coach Naoya Uematsu.Train physical and conditioning under coach Yuya Igarashi.Train kickboxing under coach Masanobu Ohita.Train boxing under coach Seisuke Arai.I also train MMA with members from K-Taro Dojo and Team OTOKOGI.
When and why did you start training for fighting? When I watched my senior colleagues fighting in Shooto I found it very cool and interesting. That was the time I decided to myself that I want to do MMA too.
What ranks and titles have you held? DEEP Welterweight Champion, Shooto Pacific Rim Middleweight Champion
Do you have any heroes? I do not have any heroes.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I want to show the UFC fans my best performance and prove to them the level of my fighting skills.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, LWA faculty
What was your job before you started fighting? None
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 2009 ADCC Submission Fighting –77.0kg Asian Champion, ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship semifinalist.
Favorite grappling technique: Rear naked choke
Favorite Striking technique: High kick