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TRAINING: Wake up super early, run quick twitch drills, then I'll spar, followed by hitting pads or bands. Then it's home for the basics - shadow boxing and studying tape.
When and why did you start training for fighting? Three years ago. I started fighting because I thought it was cool and I knew it was something I could do well.
What ranks and titles have you held? None at the moment
Do you have any heroes? I wouldn't say "hero," but Anderson Silva is the one who got me into the sport and made me want to pursue a career in fighting. Silva is the type of fighter and athlete I work hard to be like; I want every fight to be a show, every technique a potential finisher.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means EVERYTHING! It's big for me and my career, and it means all my hard work is paying off
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I didn't go to college; I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a world class MMA fighter, but I am planning on going to school for culinary arts very soon.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was an associate at Wal-Mart.
Favorite grappling technique: The cross face
Favorite Striking technique: Flying knee