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TRAINING: Training usually changes every week, but for the most part I usually do a 2-3 session a day routine. The first session is either wrestling or jiu-jitsu. Then at 3pm I usually get a strength and conditioning workout in. From there, the night session is usually Muay Thai or MMA technique and sparring.
Thoughts on opponent, Dennis Bermudez? Dennis is a very skilled fighter. I’ve always admired his fighting style. I’m honored to be able to face such a great opponent.
When and why did you start training for fighting? A good mixture of wrestling and jiu-jitsu left me looking for something more to compete in and MMA has definitely helped me fill that competitive void.
What ranks and titles have you held? M.A.S.S Featherweight Champion, Northeast MMA Featherweight Champion
Do you have any heroes? Anyone chasing their dream is a hero to me.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I'm honored to be allowed to showcase my skills in the UFC. It's the major leagues and it leaves me with a great sense of accomplishment to be recognized by such a high class organization, yet at the same time it motivates me to work harder and prove I deserve the opportunity that has been granted to me.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? LCCC - Studied Criminal Justice
What was your job before you started fighting? Grappling Instructor
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Intimidation Cage Fighting Champion
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? 100% finish rate, all submission victories, Martial Arts Super Sport Featherweight Champion, Northeast MMA Featherweight Champion
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Judo Brown Belt, BJJ Purple Belt
Favorite grappling technique: Guillotine
Favorite striking technique: Superman Punch