TRAINING: On a typical day, I train Muay Thai during the day and jiu-jitsu at night.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started fighting in 2000 for the culture of my people. Fighting marajoara is a tradition; the older teach the younger.
What ranks and titles have you held? Regional champion in Jiu-Jitsu (Black Belt) 5 times state champion in Muay Thai. Holder of many regional event titles. BJJ Black belt
Do you have any heroes? My mother
What is your favorite technique? Marajoara Fight (the traditional fighting style of my land, so I am called Yuri Marajó)
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means that my dreams have come true
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
What was your job before you started fighting? Brazilian Military Force Aeria
• 13 wins by knockout, 12 by submission (6 armbar, kimura, triangle armbar, 2 triangle choke, RNC, one undisclosed submission)
• Pro since 2003
• 4-1, 1 NC at bantamweight