|Summary:||Unorthodox striking, aggressive ground game|
|Fights Out Of:||Orneta Poland|
|Height:||6' 1" ( 185 cm )|
|Weight:||185 lb ( 84 kg )|
TRAINING: I get up at about 8 am and go for a run in the forest. After that I get back home, eat breakfast and at about 11.30 am I go for my first training session, which lasts usually about 1.5 hours. Then I go back home, eat dinner and sleep for about an hour before 3-rd training, also about 1.5 hours long, which starts at 6 p.m. I eat my third meal and the day ends with a supper and some rest. I go to bed at 11 pm to get a good 8-9 hours of sleep.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training MMA five years ago and it became my passion. I was watching one on the UFC events when Tito Ortiz was fighting Ken Shamrock, and at that moment I just knew what I wanted to do in my life.
What ranks and titles have you held? I’m a two-time amateur champion of Poland, in 2011 I got an award for Discovery of the Year by Polish MMA portal.
Do you have any heroes? My greatest hero in this sport is Tito Ortiz because he is the reason I got into MMA. I also like Robbie Lawler and one day I would like to train with him.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? UFC was a dream; I didn’t believe it could come true, just like the NBA is for a basketball player. But this dream came true, for which I am very grateful, and I will prove this was a good choice.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
What was your job before you started fighting? I was working part-time as a welder – metalworker.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Amateur record 65-5
Ranks in any martial arts styles: BJJ brown belt
Favorite grappling technique: Brabo choke
Favorite striking technique: Nothing favorite
• Pro since 2010
• Five wins by KO, one by submission
• Three first round finishes