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LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 1: (L-R) Daniel Cormier, Joseph Benavidez, UFC Welterweight Champ Johnny Hendricks, Luke Rockhold, and Forrest Griffin watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between USA and Belgium with the Bud Light Girls to kick off the UFC International Fight Week at Legasse's Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas on July 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TRAINING: 5am - eat 5 raw eggs, run 5 miles. Then I wake up from my dream and drag myself out of my bed at 830 and sip some coffee with some banana bread. I drive half asleep to practice (12-2pm) and proceed to kick my own ass for 2 hours. Eat, sleep, and get back to training at 6pm for cardio, pad work and drilling. That's a wrap.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training MMA when I was 22 because I liked to fight and needed a job. I also had been training different disciplines for most of my life, from judo to wrestling to jiu-jitsu, so I knew I could compete at a high level.
What ranks and titles have you held? Strikeforce middleweight champion, California high school wrestling state qualifier. Blue belt and purple belt world champion in jiu-jitsu. Currently a brown belt in jiu-jitsu.
Do you have any heroes? No specific heroes, just a lot of people I look up to and try to learn from.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, no degrees though; I dropped out to fight and pursue my dreams.
What was your job before you started fighting? Construction / solar panel installation.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I never sat on the stool.
Favorite grappling technique: Wrestling / jiu-jitsu
Favorite striking technique: Kickboxing