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Ronda Rousey

TRAINING: A typical day of training starts with coffee, followed by music and driving, followed by workout #1, which is usually either striking or strength and conditioning. Then more driving, lunch, nap, then workout #2, which could be anything from wrestling to grappling to swimming. Some days we’ll add a third workout, but that usually depends on how I’m feeling on that particular day.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started judo at 11, retired at 21, and started MMA at 22 because I realized I didn’t really want to work in a conventional field of work for the rest of my life.

What ranks and titles have you held? UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Junior World Champion (judo), World Silver Medalist (judo), Olympic Bronze medalist (judo), Pan Am Games Champion (judo), 4th degree Black belt in Judo. The Ultimate Fighter season 18 coach.

Do you have any heroes? FEDOR!!! I would have 57 of his babies if he’d let me.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I did go to a few colleges and I learned that formal education is not for me.

What was your job before you started fighting? I was a bartender, cocktail waitress, canine physical therapy assistant, and I also worked graveyard shifts for 24 hour fitness.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 3-0 in amateur MMA - all 3 fights combined was under 2 minutes

Ranks in any martial arts styles: 4th dan in Judo

Favorite grappling technique:
Anything that results in me winning

Favorite striking technique: Anti-game

Jon Jones

Part-Time Job Jones was a college wrestler and criminal justice student at Iowa Central when his girlfriend Jessie’s surprise pregnancy left him in need of quick cash. He visited an MMA gym and took his first fight within months – then five more in the next 3 months, winning them all. Jones and that girlfriend are now engaged with three daughters.

Quick Rise Jones entered the UFC in August 2008 on a few weeks’ notice, won, and was rewarded with bouts against future Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar and a UFC 100 spot against Jake O’Brien. Near effortless wins over veterans Brandon Vera and Vladimir Matyushenko followed before he dominated previously-unbeaten Ryan Bader at UFC 126. Jones’ only loss came at when a poor referee call resulted in a disqualification loss to Matt Hamill, in a fight he was by all accounts winning soundly.

Title Shot After his UFC 126 win, while still inside the Octagon, Jones was offered the chance to step in for injured teammate Rashad Evans to face light heavyweight champ “Shogun” Rua on six weeks’ notice. Jones accepted and went on to dominate Rua as well as his subsequent opponents: “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort.

King Among Kings Just 23 years old when he defeated Shogun, Jones became the UFC’s youngest-ever world champion. Jones has successfully defended his light heavyweight title in a division-record six consecutive fights. He’s also finished nine opponents by either knockout or submission, tying Chuck Liddell for most finishes in light heavyweight history.

Family Way Jones’ older brother Arthur plays for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts while younger sibling Chandler plays for the New England Patriots. It was those same brothers who dubbed him “Bones” growing up, since he was too skinny to find his footing on the gridiron.

Stand-Up Guy Jones is one of two fighters in UFC history to earn two submissions while standing, choking out both Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 and Jake O’Brien at UFC 100 with standing guillotine chokes (the other is Patrick Smith).

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Renan Barao (32-2-1)

  • Nickname: The Baron
  • From: Natal Brazil
  • Fights Out Of: Rio de Janeiro Brazil
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 5’ 6" ( 167 cm )
  • Weight: 135 lb ( 61 kg )

When and why did you start training for fighting?  I started training in Boxing when I was 14.  I then added Jiu-Jitsu and started training MMA.

What ranks and titles have you held? UFC bantamweight champion, Shooto Brazil Champion, BJJ Black belt.

Do you have any heroes? My training partners, and Jet Li.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC?   This is the result of all my hard work.

What was your job before you started fighting?   I have always been a fighter and been training.

Favorite technique: Triangle Choke

Sara McMann

TRAINING: Technique session in the morning / sparring in the evening

When and why did you start training for fighting?
July 2009

Do you have any heroes? Marcelo Garcia, John Smith

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC?
It is an awesome opportunity to show the work I’ve been putting into MMA

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn?
Undergrad - Lock Haven University with a theatre degree. Grad school - Gardner-Webb University, Master’s in mental health counseling.

What was your job before you started fighting?
Wrestler for US Olympic team

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition?
2004 Olympic Silver Medal winner in women’s freestyle wrestling

Favorite grappling technique: RNC

Favorite striking technique:
Headkick

Erick Silva

Training: I do two workouts every day. In the morning I do MMA and at night I do my physical preparation.

When and why did you start training for fighting?
I turned pro in 2005. I love the competition.

What ranks and titles have you held? Jungle Fight Champion
 
Do you have any heroes? God.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s the realization of a dream.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No.

If any, list ranks in any martial arts styles: Black belt in judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Favorite grappling technique: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Favorite striking technique: Muay Thai

Johny Hendricks

Fighter Info:

Nickname: Bigg Rigg From: Ada, OK USA Fights Out Of: Dallas, TX USA Age: 30 Height: 5’ 9" (175 cm) Weight: 170 lb (77 kg) College: Oklahoma State University

TRAINING: Wake up at 10am, run for an hour, then eat breakfast. Head to workouts from 12-2, then head home to spend time with the family, eat lunch and dinner, then head back to workouts from 8-10.

Thoughts on opponent, Robbie Lawler?
I think he has been doing very well. He has a right hand that can end the night and that’s something I have to make sure I don’t get hit by.

When and why did you start training for fighting? June 2007 - to be the World Champion

What ranks and titles have you held? 4X Div. 1 All-American, 2X Div. 1 National Champion

Do you have any heroes? God

What is your favorite technique?
Punching people in the face

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? 
It means everything to be fighting in the UFC because this is where the best fighters are and that’s what I want - to fight the best. 

Did you go to college, and if so, what degree did you earn?
Oklahoma State University, Bachelors in Secondary Education

What was your job before you started fighting?
Student

MATT BROWN

Training: Strength and conditioning in the morning, sparring, grappling in the evening.

When and why did you start training for fighting?
2004, because I love the sport.

What titles have you held? ISCF East Coast Welterweight Champion

Do you have any heroes? I look up to and admire many people including (in random order) Lance Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell and Floyd Mayweather. They’re the first names that come to mind, but I wouldn’t necessarily consider them my heroes.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means that I have reached a goal that I set for myself, which is a great feeling. It reminds me that you really can do anything that you set your mind to doing. My next goal is to be a champion.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn?
No

What was your job before you started fighting? Personal trainer

Favorite grappling technique: Triangle choke

Favorite striking technique: Flying knee

Robbie Lawler

Fighter Info:

Nickname:Ruthless From: San Diego, CA USA Fights Out Of: Coconut Creek, FL USA Age:31 Height:5’ 11" (180 cm) Weight:170 lb (77 kg)

TRAINING: Grappling, striking, jiu-jitsu, strength and conditioning, plyometrics – it all depends on the day.

Thoughts on opponent, Johny Hendricks? He’s a really good wrestler who can fight. Plain and simple, he can fight. He’s got good hands and he puts people to sleep – that’s a nasty combination. He stands with everyone he fights, he takes people down, and he’s going to do it all. You just can’t come into the game and be one-sided, because if you are, you’re probably going to get hurt. He’s going to look for his opportunities to knock me out, and if not then he’ll try to take me down and mix it up.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I did martial arts growing up and moved on to fighting. I like competing.

What ranks and titles have you held? Icon sport middleweight champ / Elite XC middleweight champ

Do you have any heroes? No

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No

What was your job before you started fighting? None

Glover Teixeira

TRAINING: Every day at 9 AM I wake up and run. At 12 PM I train sparring and technique with John Hackleman. At night I usually train conditioning and wrestling.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started in 2002, after watching a lot of fights. Watching Royce Gracie in the UFC as a kid, I knew I wanted to be a fighter.

What ranks and titles have you held? Sportfight Champion, and a lot of victories at Abu Dhabi Combat Club

Do you have any heroes? Chuck Liddell is a guy who I have looked up to for some time. I met him as a Champion already and he has taught me a lot.  I admire him as a fighter inside and outside of the cage.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means everything to me to be in the UFC.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? None

What was your job before you started fighting? I worked in the farms in Brazil, and have also worked as a lumberjack.

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? My fight against Ricco Rodriguez was a great accomplishment for me. I had trained with Peter Aerts for the fight and said I would KO him with a head kick.  That fight meant a lot.

Ranks in any martial arts styles: Jiu-Jitsu black belt

Favorite grappling technique: Chokes

Favorite Striking technique: Left hook