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TRAINING: My typical day starts off with either strength and conditioning or a pro MMA practice in the morning, and my evenings consist of coaching and drilling either MMA, BJJ, or Muay Thai, depending on the day. My whole day is built around honing my craft.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in 2005, originally to cross train over the summer while between wrestling seasons. Then once I was done wrestling, I started training more seriously to get back in shape, with no desire to fight. After about six months, a fight presented itself and after a 41 second submission win I was hooked.
What ranks and titles have you held? Nova Uniao brown belt, Midwest CageFighting Championship Middleweight Champion and XFC Middleweight Champion
Do you have any heroes? I've always looked up to my family, and guys like Cael Sanderson, Rich Franklin, and Anderson Silva are guys I've looked to in the athletic world.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in the UFC verifies all the years of hard work I've put in and sacrifices I've made. Plus, it gives me the opportunity to test myself against the best guys in the world.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Earned an Associates Degree in Business Administration at Meramec Community College while wrestling. Still working towards a Bachelor Degree in Exercise and Movement Science at Missouri State University.
What was your job before you started fighting? Full-Time Student and worked as a Lab Assistant.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 2x NJCAA Wrestling National Qualifier, 6-0 MMA and held a title.
Favorite grappling technique: D'Arce Choke
Favorite striking technique: Anything to the liver