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|Taille:||5' 9" ( 175 cm )|
|Poids:||145 livres ( 65 kg )|
UFC Fight Night Barueri weigh-in event inside the Ginasio Jose Correa on December 19, 2014 in Barueri, Brazil. (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)déc. 19, 2014
Dans cette vidéo de la technique MetroPCS de la semaine, voyez Niklas Backstrom finir Tom Niinimaki par étranglement arrière au premier round lors de ses débuts à l'UFC.oct. 01, 2014
Événement UFC Fight Night : Henderson vs dos Anjos au BOK Center le 23 août 2014 à Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photos par Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)août 23, 2014
UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the BOK Center on August 22, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)août 22, 2014
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TRAINING: Usually I train twice a day. Sparring in the morning and then some conditioning training in the evening.
Thoughts on opponent, Rony Jason? Rony is a tough all-around fighter and he always brings everything into the cage.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I have played different sports all my life, and when I took my first class of kickboxing in 1997 I was hooked. I started MMA in 2001.
What ranks and titles have you held? Cage (European MMA promotion) featherweight champion with five title defenses, BJJ purple belt
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means everything to me. UFC is the top promotion with the highest level of competition
What was your job before you started fighting? Still working as a bouncer in a local night club
Ranks in any martial arts styles: FILA (International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles) 2011: European championships grappling no gi 1st place 2011 155lbs, 2011: European championships grappling gi 3rd place 2011 165lbs, 2010: European championships grappling no gi 3rd place 2010 155lbs, 2010: European championships combat grappling 1st 2010 155lbs
Favorite grappling technique: Kimura
Favorite striking technique: Uppercut
• Pro since 2002
• Eight wins by submission (triangle, guillotine, 3 RNC, 3 kimura), seven by knockout
• Took 30 month break from 2007 to 2010
• Origin of nickname: “It was made up by a MMA reporter, Joona Pylkäs.”