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LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 29: Tom Niinimaki weighs in during the weigh-in for The Ultimate Fighter season 18 live finale inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 29, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TRAINING: Morning run for 30min, 1.5h MMA training, 1h strength and conditioning
When and why did you start training for fighting? I have played different sports all my life, and when I took my first class of kickboxing in 1997 I was hooked. I started MMA in 2001.
What ranks and titles have you held? Cage (European MMA promotion) featherweight champion with five title defenses
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means everything to me. UFC is the top promotion with the highest level of competition
What was your job before you started fighting? Still working as a bouncer in a local night club
Ranks in any martial arts styles: FILA (International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles) 2011: European championships grappling no gi 1st place 2011 155lbs, 2011: European championships grappling gi 3rd place 2011 165lbs, 2010: European championships grappling no gi 3rd place 2010 155lbs, 2010: European championships combat grappling 1st 2010 155lbs
Favorite grappling technique: Kimura
Favorite striking technique: Uppercut