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What ranks and titles have you held? I was the Sportfight welterweight champion with several successful defenses before vacating the title to move on in my career.
Do you have any heroes? I admire my father for who he is and how he raised me and I look up to my teammates like Dan Henderson and Matt Lindland.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It's a chance to show that I'm a threat. People who know me believe in my ability, and people who don't will have a chance to see for themselves what I can do.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to college for two years but didn't finish. I studied languages and linguistics. Never really used linguistics though.
What was your job before you started fighting? I've taught English in Brazil for many years, but when I moved back to the states I started bartending.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Got 2nd at the South American Kickboxing Championships back in the day.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Sportfight Welterweight Champion.
Favorite grappling technique: The triangle is easily my favorite technique. I get a lot of leverage with my long legs and my opponents have trouble freeing themselves.
Favorite Striking technique: Misdirection... The technique doesn't matter nearly as much as how you sell it. I guess I like to fake a switch kick and throw a hook or uppercut, but there are so many...