When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training MMA six years ago. I was already a brown belt in BJJ and collected many titles. Out of the blue, I started practicing Muay Thai, just for fun. I realized I was a natural, participated in a tournament and did really well. I liked the feeling of fighting standing up so I decided to pick up a sport that involved my two strong points and it’s been working out great.
Do you have any heroes? Yes, my mother, who took care of me and my siblings with a lot of grit and dedication.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s a big dream realized. I’ve always seen myself sharing the Octagon of the world’s largest MMA event with great athletes and I am writing my name in the history of MMA.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I am currently attending college. Two semesters away from graduating. Physical Education.
What was your job before you started fighting? I have always been involved in combat sports. I have and still do teach classes of BJJ, Muay Thai and self-defense to children and adults.