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Vladimir Matyushenko & Alexander Gustafsson
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started to train MMA in 2006 and before that I trained in boxing. It feels so real when you’re standing in the cage next to your opponent. I just like it a lot.
What ranks and titles have you held? I have ranked number 10 in Europe and have no titles.
Do you have any heroes? My idol is Fedor Emelianenko.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means everything to me; it is my goal to be a part of the show.
What was your job before you started fighting? I did boxing and scuba diving.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? In amateur boxing, I won against the Swedish champion.
Favorite grappling technique: Rear naked choke
Favorite Striking technique: Start with a hard right punch