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TRAINING: I am training wrestling with Daniela “Pirata” and a lot of Jiu-Jitsu and I´m gonna take him down and break his jaw like I broke Eddie Wineland’s.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training very early at 7 years old. My father had a Kung Fu academy where they also had Karate and Taekwondo so I was always around the mats. I wanted to be as good as my father. After some time I went on to train Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu, and at 17 I started fighting MMA.
What ranks and titles have you held? Rio de Janeiro State Jiu Jitsu Champion, 3 x Brazilian Muay Thai Champion, 2 x Rio de Janeiro State Muay Thai Champion
Do you have any heroes? Master Luis Alves who passed away last year; he was a man that helped shape who I am today.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It is a dream come true that I have been waiting for. I persisted in my fighting career and now it pays off as I prepare to fight in the biggest event in the world.