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JARAGUA DO SUL, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 14: Takenori Sato weighs in during the UFC weigh-in at Arena Jaragua on February 14, 2014 in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TRAINING: Physical training and running to build up strength and cardio while doing boxing, Muay Thai and MMA, trying to improve my technique.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training MMA when I was 19 years old.
What ranks and titles have you held? King of Pancrase - Welterweight
Do you have any heroes? Kazushi Sakuraba is my hero
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s MMA’s major league in the world and a chance to make money.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
What was your job before you started fighting? None
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Regional SUMO & JUDO Champion JUDO - 2nd Degree black belt
Favorite grappling technique: Arm Lock
Favorite striking technique: Middle Kick