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TRAINING: Training twice a day - alternating striking, grappling, and strength and conditioning
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training back in June of 2007
What ranks and titles have you held? Russian Combat Sambo Champion
Do you have any heroes? Dana White, Fedor Emelianenko, Alexander Emelianenko, Georges St-Pierre
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I am very honored, as I come from a small village in Chechnya and I did not think that I would be in such an amazing show.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Back in 2000 during the first Chechen war our school was destroyed by air strikes and there was no means for me to continue my education. We had to study by sharing books in a small tent. I am taking courses now in order to complete my college degree.
What was your job before you started fighting? Student/ construction worker
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I don't like to leave it to the judges. This way no one has bad feelings.
Favorite grappling technique: Ezekiel Choke
Favorite striking technique: Spinning back kick