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TRAINING: A typical day of training starts with a good breakfast, then training noon-2, post-workout meal, treatment/ rehab, training 6-8, dinner and a movie, bed time at 10:30pm.
Thoughts on opponent, Patrick Cummins? Patrick Cummins is an incredible wrestler. He's the exact guy I don't want to fight. Wrestlers most often control where the fight goes and there's nothing worse than being dominated by having a guy on top of you for 15 minutes. The last time I fought in San Jose I lost that way to Stephen Bonnar. It takes everything out of you by gassing you and eventually taking your will to fight. "Fatigue makes cowards of us all" is a quote that comes to mind. My thoughts are: if I haven't improved enough in the past three years to be able to get past a guy who's intention is to lay on top of me for three rounds, then I deserve to hang up my gloves for good.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training for fighting when I was 24 after my football career was over because I needed to challenge myself and I wanted to hit again.
What titles have you held? None
Do you have any heroes? My father and Arnold Schwarzenegger
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It is the pinnacle of MMA and the very highest level of the sport. It means testing myself against the very best in the world on the very highest platform.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Arizona State University- Communications
What was your job before you started fighting? College football player for ASU Sun Devils
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 2004 Sun Bowl Champions Arizona State University
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Finished both of my first two pro fights via knee strike to midsection
Favorite grappling technique: Wrestling- "blast double" from clinch, Jiu-Jitsu- "triangle choke" from guard
Favorite Striking technique: Knees