• Six MMA wins by KO
• Deceiving pro MMA record – has fought world-class competition for much of his career since entering PRIDE organization in 2004 with submission loss to Hidehiko Yoshida.
• Defeated Wanderlei Silva
, Mirko Cro Cop
, Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, and Dan Bobish.
• Also faced Josh Barnett, Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem,
Melvin Manhoef, and Gegard Mousasi in MMA bouts.
• 30-13 (13 knockouts) kickboxing
• Has defeated Rony Sefo, Stefan Leko, Jerome LeBanner, Mike Bernardo, and Gary Goodridge in K-1 bouts. Also faced Mirko Cro Cop, Ernesto Hoost, and Semmy Schilt in K-1.
• 0-1-1 pro boxing
• Won KO
of the Night for win over Tuchscherer
: Conditioning in the morning, padwork or wrestling
in the afternoon.When and why did you start training for fighting?
I started fighting in MMA
in 2004. I achieved my dream of winning the K-1 World Grand Prix championship and was looking for a new challenge. PRIDE made me an offer and I jumped to MMA.What ranks and titles have you held?
2001 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix in Fukuoka Repechage B Champion, 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix Preliminary Melbourne Champion, 2000 K-1 Oceania Grand Prix Champion, 1999 WKBF Australian Super Heavyweight
Champion.Do you have any heroes?
Bruce Lee, Mike TysonWhat does it mean for you to fight in the UFC?
It’s an opportunity to fight on the big stage again. I’m going to try to make something happen and become world champion.Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn?
NoWhat was your job before you started fighting?
Laborer / Construction worker
If any, list ranks in any martial arts styles
: NoneFavorite grappling technique:
AmericanaFavorite Striking technique: