|Fights Out Of:||Shizuoka Japan|
|Height:||5' 10" ( 177 cm )|
|Weight:||135 lb ( 61 kg )|
TRAINING: Hard work everyday.
When and why did you start training for fighting? Under my brother's influence I started to watch pro wrestling, so I was thinking about becoming a pro wrestler, but when I watched Takanori Gomi fights in PRIDE I decided that I wanted to be a pro MMA fighter.
What ranks and titles have you held? None
Do you have any heroes? Takanori Gomi
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting for the UFC is the pinnacle of my fight career. So every single fight in the Octagon is very important for me.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
What was your job before you started fighting? I was an assistant at an orthopedic clinic.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Finished top 16 at All Japan High School Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships. Placed 2nd at 2009 All Japan Amateur Shooto Championships. In 2009, won 13th annual All-Japan Combat Wrestling Open Championships in the under 66 kg division
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Shooto Pacific Rim 132 lbs Champion. In 2013 won ADCC Japan Trial in the under 66 kg division
Favorite grappling technique: Rear naked choke
Favorite Striking technique: Right straight punch
- Pro since 2010
- Nine wins by submission, two by KO
- Eight of nine subs via rear naked choke
- Seven first round finishes
- Unbeaten in last 12 fights (11-0-1)
- On eight fight winning streak