|Summary:||Heavy hands, cardio|
|From:||Atascadero, CA USA|
|Fights Out Of:||Denver, CO USA|
|Height:||6' 3" ( 190 cm )|
|Weight:||185 lb ( 84 kg )|
|College:||University of Redlands|
Aug 31, 2013
Aug 30, 2013
UFC 150 inside Pepsi Center on August 11, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Nick Laham/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Aug 11, 2012
Aug 10, 2012
TRAINING: AM practice, usually BJJ or sparring, PM practice either wrestling or strength and conditioning.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in November of 2005. I
had played collegiate football and began coaching, but being a very active person, I needed something to keep the warrior alive inside; that’s when I started training in MMA. A buddy of mine came up to me after a game I was coaching and said he was training and I should come check it out. I went to the first MMA class with Brian Warren at Unbreakable gym in San Bernardino, CA and started boxing with Chris Barber. I’ve never looked back since.
What ranks and titles have you held? IFC Cruiser weight title (205-230lbs), All conference Defensive End for University of Redlands
Do you have any heroes? Jesus Christ. Mike Maynard - University of Redlands head football coach.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It is an awesome opportunity and I’m very thankful and blessed to get the chance to test myself against the best. I’m also very excited because I feel getting invited to the UFC legitimizes a lot of the people who helped me out. There’s no chance I’d be here without them. God has truly blessed me. Soli Deo Gloria!
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I attended University of Redlands, B.A. in History.
What was your job before you started fighting? Substitute Teacher and college football coach.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? IFC Cruiser weight Tournament champ, belt holder
Favorite grappling technique: Janitor Defense
Favorite Striking technique: Antoni Hardonk's "3 inch" punch
• Has fought in EliteXC, IFC, and Strikeforce
• Avenged first loss, stopping Poai Suganuma in the first round in August of 2008
• Knocked out UFC vet Travis Wiuff in the second round in 2007
• 10 wins by KO / TKO; two by submission