When and why did you start training for fighting? I started fighting when I was 14 years old - first kickboxing for one year and after that I started boxing. With boxing, I fought 60 fights and only lost one. I was always fighting on the street and four years ago my brother told me to start MMA. From that moment, I started training MMA and promised my brother that I will become champion.
What ranks and titles have you held? Russian junior boxing champion
Do you have any heroes? I like the character of Muhammad Ali.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting for the UFC means a lot for me. I am not only joining the UFC to be a part of it, but to become the champion.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? During my school period, there was war in Chechnya, so I only went to primary school, and after that I went to live in Moscow.
What was your job before you started fighting? I never had a job; I was always training. So fighting has always been my job.
Favorite grappling technique: Choke and kimura
Favorite Striking technique: Flying knee