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TRAINING: I train all disciplines. Kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, wrestling. I didn't do anything specific for this fight. I'm focused on becoming a better all-round MMA athlete.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training back in 2000 just for fun and trained like three times a week till 2006/07. Then I started training full-time.
What ranks and titles have you held? 3x and reigning Shooto 183lb champion. Glory World Series 2010/11 welterweight champion
Do you have any heroes? Not really, but I find something to admire in every person.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Bring change! Make a better future for my people by bringing unity among them. Inspire young kids to look for a goal in their lives and fight for something they love.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, I studied international business and languages and have a bachelor’s degree.
What was your job before you started fighting? Helping my father with his company, and I still do help him when he needs me.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Winner of many grappling tournaments
Favorite grappling technique: Flying armbar
Favorite striking technique: Flying knee