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BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Rony Mariano Bezerra works out for the fans and media during the UFC 147 open workouts at Praca da Estacao on June 20, 2012 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TRAINING: I wake up at 10:30 AM and watch a little TV, internet, then go to Team Nogueira at 12 PM to train MMA and return at 3PM. I have lunch and rest a little bit. At 8PM I go to boxing practice there as well and return around 11 PM. I stay awake until 3, 4 in the morning watching TV and go to sleep.
When and why did you start training to become a fighter? I always liked martial arts, and I started because of a classmate. I started in Jiu Jitsu because I was a fan of the Gracies and I always liked to test myself and think that I could be a big gladiator.
What ranks and titles have you held? TUF Brazil featherweight winner, Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing black belt, orange belt in Judo. I was an eight-time Mossoró, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil Jiu Jitsu champion, two-time Jiu Jitsu state champion in Rio Grande do Norte and once in Ceará, North-Northeast Jiu Jitsu champion, 3rd place at the Jiu Jitsu Pan American Games.
Do you have any heroes? My hero in cartoons is Naruto and in real life my mother and my brother.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means the transition from a dream to reality. It's believing that no matter what your dream is, if you believe and go after it, it will become reality.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to law school but stopped in the middle to focus on my training and realize my dream to fight in the UFC.
What was your job before you started fighting? I worked as a night guard.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I'm the current champion of Brazilian organization Max Fight.
Favorite grappling technique: Triangle choke
Favorite striking technique: Hook to the body