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When and why did you start training for fighting? I started competing in Kickboxing and BJJ tournaments in 1998 before MMA became a household name. In 2001, a local MMA circuit started in Cincinnati and I decided after three years of doing BJJ and Kickboxing that I should really give MMA a try.
What ranks and titles have you held? BJJ Black Belt under Jorge Gurgel, Kru (Instructor) in Muay Thai Kickboxing under Arjan Surachai "Chai" Sirisuteis
Do you have any heroes? My parents
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s a validation of the last 10 years of my life, for everything I left behind and all the opportunities I passed up to stay where I was with the team I am on to train in hopes of getting this opportunity.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Bachelors in Political Science from Western Illinois University; Masters in Business from University of Dayton
What was your job before you started fighting? Business Analyst
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 2000 Pan-Am Bronze Medalist in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 2x National Amateur Kickboxing Champion
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Won the FFC 8-man tournament in less than 5 minutes, 11 first round submissions out of 15 wins
Favorite grappling technique: Triangle
Favorite Striking technique: Left Hook