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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 02: Thales Leites weighs in during the UFC 163 weigh-in at HSBC Arena on August 2, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TRAINING: Morning workout: cardio and ground game. At night I work the standup game.
When and why did you start training for fighting? When I was 17 years old I started jiu-jitsu, and in 2003 I started training MMA and the other martial arts.
What ranks and titles have you held? Jiu-Jitsu - champion of the Copa do
Brasil absolute 2003 and Copa do Mundo 2002. Third place, world championships 2001. MMA - Champion Rumble on the Rock. Competed in Storm Samurai, MARS, Jungle Fight, Shooto Brazil, and Vitória Extreme Fight. BJJ Black belt under Welton Ribeiro.
Do you have any heroes? No
What is your favorite technique? Armbar
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s the realization of a dream.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes. Physical Education.
What was your job before you started fighting? None