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TRAINING: I spar in the morning with Greg Jackson. In the afternoon I do technical training with Michael Winkeljohn, Greg Jackson, and Brandon Gibson, and at night I do wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu and sometimes conditioning training.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training and fighting when I was 17.
What ranks and titles have you held? International Master of Sports in Sambo, International Master of Sports in Hand-to-hand combat
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It is a step forward to my ultimate goal.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Makhachkala Automobile and Road college (MARC), Accounting
What was your job before you started fighting? Fighting always was my job and career.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Champion of Russia and World in Combat Sambo
Favorite grappling technique: Takedown
Favorite striking technique: Boxing