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TRAINING: I've been working on my standup, wrestling, and jiu-jitsu a lot for this fight. There isn't going to be one position I'm not stronger than him in.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training about five years ago, because of Mark “The Bear” Smith. I was a punk kid getting into fights in the street, and he challenged me to train and to see how tough I was fighting someone that actually knew what they were doing. So I went to the gym and have been training ever since.
What ranks and titles have you held? None
Do you have any heroes? Someone that has all odds against him but still comes out on top
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Everything. It’s a dream, a goal, it’s the whole reason why I worked so hard in fighting the last five years – to get in the UFC and to test myself and see how good I am. That’s the best of the best and that’s where I want to be.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
What was your job before you started fighting? I sold batteries for AAA
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Purple belt in jiu-jitsu
Favorite grappling technique: It depends on what kind of mood I’m in
Favorite striking technique: Hellbow