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TRAINING: Mornings are cardio and conditioning. Afternoons are striking and ground game. I have been doing the same routine for past eight years, however, due to my last loss, I have also incorporated a bit more Jiu-Jitsu into my training.
Thoughts on opponent, Marcus Brimage? Initially, I was supposed to fight Patrick Williams, however, he was injured and now I am to fight Marcus. I see from his record and fights that he is a striker; it will be interesting for me to fight him because I have faced many strikers as opponents in the past. I think Marcus is very strong and skilled, so we will have a very good show for the audience.
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?
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