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TRAINING: My training for this fight has been the same regimen that I have had for the past six years. In the mornings I start off with strength and conditioning workouts, and afternoons are sparring with the emphasis placed on Jiu-jitsu. Fighting internationally is new to me, so I am still trying to figure out the best combination to use in terms of training and acclimatization when I get to the event location.
When and why did you start training for fighting? Wrestling is part of our culture. My ethnic identity is Kazakh, thus I have been doing wrestling. In high school I also wrestled, and in 2008 I was recruited by the ShaanXi provincial wrestling team. During this time I noticed that the Sanda team was doing MMA and I decided to have a workout with that team and then did some sparring. Before, I watched UFC on video, so I knew what MMA was, and after trying out with the Sanda team I immediately requested to stay on the Sanda team so that I can fight MMA.
What ranks and titles have you held?
2009 Beijing Sanda Championship 65KG
2008 Xian International Freestyle Wrestling champion 66KG
2007 Fujian Youth Freestyle Wrestling Championships 60KG
Do you have any heroes? Bruce Lee
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I watched UFC for many years and it is a great achievement for me to be able to fight in the UFC. If I win, I will bring pride to the Chinese people and to Kazakh people.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I am in the Xian Sports Institute and my education is in sports.
What was your job before you started fighting? I am professional athlete
Favorite grappling technique: Double leg takedown