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Training: A training day is sparring in the morning with some serious big people. After that Muay Thai training, after that grappling, and in the evening an hour of cardio and fitness.
When and why did you start training for fighting? When I was 14, I started training a little kickboxing in Holland. When I was 20, I went to Amsterdam and I started training with Lucien Carbin. I had my first fight after that.
Do you have any heroes? Mike Tyson is my hero.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? When I was young I always wanted to be a school gym teacher, so I went to school to be a teacher. Then I decided I wanted to be a kickboxer, so I went to Amsterdam and I became a world champion. From there, all the good guys went to Japan to fight, so I wanted to do that and I did. Then the UFC got big, so I wanted to move to the States and fight in the UFC. So this is one of my dreams and I’m very happy. Now I want to prove myself and become a champion.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
What was your job before you started fighting? Bouncer
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite grappling technique: Toe hold
Favorite Striking technique: Knees and kicks