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TRAINING: From Monday through Friday: running, wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, karate and MMA sparring
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started Karate when I was 5 years old because my father forced me to do it.
What ranks and titles have you held? Shooto 132-pound World Champion, 2010 Rookie of the Year, 2010 MVP, Karate 2nd degree black belt
Do you have any heroes? No question about it, my hero is Norifumi "KID" Yamamoto!
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s a great chance to establish my MMA career.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No, I did not. I joined the KRAZY BEE team right after I graduated high school because I wanted to become a professional MMA fighter under KID even though I had an offer from the college.
What was your job before you started fighting? High school student
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Regional karate champion in Japan
Favorite grappling technique: Rear naked choke
Favorite striking technique: Straight