When and why did you start training for fighting? I started Judo in 1985 when my parents put me in it to get some discipline and respect. I competed in Judo several times from when I was a kid until I was an adult. In 2004 I realized I wanted to be a MMA pro fighter and I knew I had the potential for it. In 2006 I debuted and smashed my opponent in three minutes.
What ranks and titles have you held? State of Rio de Janeiro Judo Champion, three times Copa Rio of Muay Thai champion
Do you have any heroes? Marlon Sandro, Jose Aldo and Anderson Silva
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? That all my efforts were rewarded and the best show on the planet gave me a chance to prove that I'm ready for the higher level. I'm joining the best promotion to be the best fighter.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I studied Physical Education, but dropped out.
What was your job before you started fighting? Muay Thai instructor
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Three-timeThe Glory
champion, Shooto Brasil winner
Favorite grappling technique: Anaconda choke and armbar
Favorite Striking technique: Elbow, knee and straight right