|Summary:||Striking, submissions, BJJ black belt|
|From:||Rio de Janeiro Brazil|
|Fights Out Of:||Ludlow, Massachusetts USA|
|Height:||6' 2" ( 187 cm )|
|Weight:||242 lb ( 109 kg )|
Apr 11, 2015
Apr 11, 2015
UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Tauron Arena on April 10, 2015 in Krakow, Poland. (Photos by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Apr 10, 2015
Watch the highlights from the Fight Night Krakow weigh-ins, including the staredowns between Mirko Cro Cop and Gabriel Gonzaga and Jan Blachowicz and Jimi Manuwa. The event takes place on Saturday exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS.Apr 10, 2015 1:11
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started in Rio de Janeiro in 1994, and went from White to Black Belt with the master Wander Braga. I was looking for a sport that would fit my size and abilities.
What ranks and titles have you held? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. 2006 Mundials Champion, Heavyweight BJJ Black Belt GP 2004 Champion/ ADCC Trials Brazil Champion and ADCC 2005 second place, four-time BJJ national Champion / five-time Sao Paulo State Champion
Do you have any heroes? Rickson Gracie
What is your favorite technique? Arm bar.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means a lot! To fight in UFC is a dream to all fighters and it is the same to me. I will give my best! I will not lose that chance! I think right now it's Napao's time!!!
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? To be a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you have to spend years of your life dedicated to the art. My college was BJJ.
What was your job before you started fighting? Bouncer/Bodyguard
• Knockout of Mirko Cro Cop was the consensus Knockout of The Year for 2007
• Has finished all his victories - seven wins have come via submission (triangle, neck crank, armbar, Americana, arm triangle, RNC, guillotine), nine by knockout
• Nickname “Napao” means “big nose”