|Fights Out Of:||Shizuoka Japan|
|Height:||5' 10" ( 177 cm )|
|Weight:||135 lb ( 61 kg )|
UFC Fight Night Barueri Event inside the Ginasio Jose Correa on December 20, 2014 in Barueri, Brazil. (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Dec 20, 2014
UFC Fight Night Barueri weigh-in event inside the Ginasio Jose Correa on December 19, 2014 in Barueri, Brazil. (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Dec 19, 2014
UFC Fight Night at the Venetian Macao on August 23, 2014 in Macau. (Photos by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Aug 23, 2014
Aug 20, 2014
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