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TRAINING: MMA training during day time - MMA three times a week, wrestling one time a week and jiu-jitsu one time a week. Physical and Cardio training in the evening.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I wrestled in high school and college, and started to train MMA after I graduated.
What ranks and titles have you held? DEEP 4th Middleweight Champion (current title holder)
Do you have any heroes? Riki Choshu (legendary pro wrestler in Japan)
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s a great chance to have more success in my MMA career.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Graduated Yamanashi Gakuin University, B.A in Law.
What was your job before you started fighting? Bouncer
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 2000 All Japan College Wrestling, Greco-Roman style 3rd. 2001 All Japan College - East, Greco-Roman style 2nd, Freestyle 3rd. 2002 All Japan College Wrestling, Freestyle 3rd. 2004 Amateur Shooto Champion (91Kg)
Favorite grappling technique: Takedown and positioning
Favorite Striking technique: All