Fighter Info

Nickname: Viva
From: Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
Fights Out Of: Albany, New York USA
Age: 32
Height: 5' 11" ( 180 cm )
Weight: 170 lb ( 77 kg )


TRAINING: I train for three hours then go to work as a cop in Albany, NY 

When and why did you start training for fighting? I was always interested in martial arts. I had a chance to immerse myself in it once I was in college and I always wanted to apply the skills I learned in a competitive setting.

What ranks and titles have you held? Purple belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Do you have any heroes? My family and especially my fiancé.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It's what I’ve been working for since I started to compete.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, urban planning from State University of New York, Albany

What was your job before you started fighting? I worked in bars and now I am a police officer.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Went undefeated as amateur. Once had two fights in one night. 

Specific accomplishments in pro competition?  Made it to the semifinals on TUF 19

Favorite grappling technique:
Rear naked choke

Favorite Striking technique:

• Team Penn on TUF 19

• Three wins by KO

• Two first-round finishes

• Was on four-fight pre-TUF 19 winning streak

• Origin of nickname: “Comes from Emiliano Zapata, who stated he would rather die on his feet than live a lifetime on his knees.”
TUF 19
• On Ep. 12 (semifinals), Zapata was submitted by Dhiego Lima via armbar in the first round
• On Ep. 1, Zapata stopped Tyler Minton via strikes in the second round