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TRAINING: Conditioning, sparring, drilling
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started martial arts training when I was 13 years old. Started MMA training in 2008. I decided to test my skills and entered professional fighting.
What ranks and titles have you held? M-1 Global Challenge Champion
Do you have any heroes? Too many to list
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s an opportunity to test myself against the best in the world.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No.
What was your job before you started fighting? I trained to compete all my life.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Russian Hand to Hand Combat Champion.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? M-1 Global Selection Champion, M-1 Global Challenge Champion
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Master of Sports in Hand to Hand Combat, Master of Sports in Boxing
Favorite grappling technique: Omoplata
Favorite striking technique: Anything that lands