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TRAINING: I train in the morning and evening - grappling, striking, mixing it up and physical prep, alternating every day.
Thoughts on opponent, Caio Magalhaes? I respect all fighters. Caio has nothing to lose fighting me, and I will fight him as I fight anyone else, using my boxing to hurt them.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I began fighting in MMA in 2000 and professional boxing in 2002. I enjoy the competition. For this fight, I started the training in my city (Sorocaba), and after signing the contract I began training in Florianopolis.
What ranks and titles have you held? Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Do you have any heroes? My father.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s the beginning of a dream.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No.
What was your job before you started fighting? I started work in my father’s company when I was 12 years old.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I had 45 amateur boxing fights.
Favorite grappling technique: Armbar and guillotine.
Favorite Striking technique: Right hand.