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TRAINING: My training day is full of joy as always. I wake up every day ready to train what I have to train. The key is to enjoy the process, because it is the reward. I have been doing this for 19 years and even today I am learning something different. I am born again in every camp and every fight.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I just liked the sport. It is challenging and I like to be challenged.
What ranks and titles have you held? Former UFC light heavyweight champion, UFC heavyweight tournament champion, been ranked top 10 in light heavyweight and middleweight divisions, TUF Brazil coach
Do you have any heroes? Jesus
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s an honor. This is where I started and Dana and the Fertittas have done nothing but the best with this organization. I want to finish my career where I started it.
What was your job before you started fighting? Fighting has always been my job
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? 1-0 in pro boxing
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu