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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 01: Leandro Issa of Brazil prepares to enter the Octagon before facing Iuri Alcantara of Brazil in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 190 event inside HSBC Arena on August 1, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TRAINING: The final part of my training is being held in New Mexico with JacksonWinkMMA team. I had good training in Belem, but I consider the exchange with other trainers important to make specific adjustments. I always look for improvement, especially in striking. It is my strong point and I will always focus on the fight standing, but here in JacksonWinkMMA I gave attention to wrestling and physical conditioning. I'm in my best stage and I've never been as prepared as now.
Thoughts on opponent, Brad Pickett? He is a great fighter and I have a lot of respect for him, but I'm a better fighter in all areas. He likes to fight standing, but I'm better in striking, and if he wants to take the fight to the ground, I am better than him too, as I trust my jiu-jitsu. So I will not lose this fight.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started fighting in 2000 for the culture of my people. Fighting marajoara is a tradition; the older teach the younger.
What ranks and titles have you held? Regional champion in Jiu-Jitsu (Black Belt) 5 times state champion in Muay Thai. Holder of many regional event titles. BJJ Black belt
Do you have any heroes? My mother
What is your favorite technique? Marajoara Fight (the traditional fighting style of my land, so I am called Yuri Marajó)
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means that my dreams have come true
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
What was your job before you started fighting? Brazilian Military Force Aeria