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TRAINING: We train extremely hard so that we can fight easy.
Thoughts on opponent, Jordan Mein? Mein is a very tough and talented fighter. But I know I'll be better prepared everywhere the fight goes and will go for the finish from beginning to end.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started Muay Thai at 15 yrs old and MMA at 17 yrs old in Brazil. I have wanted to be a fighter for as long as I can remember.
Do you have any heroes? Wanderlei Silva
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s like a dream come true. I have been waiting my whole career for this.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, in Brazil, but did not finish.
What was your job before you started fighting? Teaching Muay Thai.
Accomplishments in amateur competition? None
Accomplishments in pro competition? Brazilian Muay Thai Champion. My biggest accomplishment is just fighting in the UFC. That’s what I always wanted to do. For me it’s a dream. I feel blessed.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Brown Belt in BJJ
Favorite grappling technique: Kimura
Favorite striking technique: Jab