|Summary:||BJJ and GOD|
|Fights Out Of:||Albuquerque, NM USA|
|Height:||6' 1" ( 185 cm )|
|Weight:||170 lb ( 77 kg )|
TRAINING: Wake up 8am, and go to the gym to work, normally sparring and drilling of MMA during 1 hour and 30 minutes, then I normally go straight to BJJ class that starts at 12 until 1:30. After that I go home, take some rest until I have another session, normally conditioning. On Friday night I work my grappling also.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I played soccer until I was 19 years old, Then I watched Royce Gracie fighting in the UFC and fell in love with this sport. I began fighting in 2004 and I never stopped.
What ranks and titles have you held? I am a pro fighter since 2004, with many BJJ titles, including the European championship, Brazilian championship, and many others.
Do you have any heroes? God, Jesus, my wife and my three sons.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It is big for me, and I got here by working hard. Since 2000 when I first started BJJ, this was my target, and this is huge for me. I will work hard to fight great and stay in the UFC. I want to finish my career as a fighter here.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I started in the university two times - once I spent almost five months studying journalism, and the other time was publicity, but both times I had to choose training or studying; then I quit the university.
What was your job before you started fighting? I worked in a bank for two years because I was living alone in Belo Horizonte, and I had to work to keep my training going. But in my head I never had the will to work in something else; fighting was always my main goal.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I fought in more than 20 different countries, and today I have a lot of life experience because I am a fighter. This is the most important accomplishment that I could have.
Favorite grappling technique: Triangle choke
Favorite striking technique: Kicks
• Pro since 2004
• On five fight winning streak; has won 13 of his last 14
• 17 wins by submission, one by KO
• Won rematch with TUF 16 opponent Herron-Webb via five round decision in most recent fight in May of 2013
• 13 first round finishes
• Team Carwin member of TUF 16