TRAINING: Going to the MMA LAB with my three children in the morning for strength and conditioning, followed by jiu-jitsu. Back to the gym in the afternoon for the Elite Fighter class, which includes wrestling, striking, and jiu-jitsu.
Thoughts on opponent, Joe Ellenberger? I don't know much about him, and I haven't even looked at film on him yet; I just know what I'm going to do and that's all I'm focused on.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in 2009. I started because I just enjoyed the challenge of man vs. man, putting their abilities to the test to see who comes out on top.
What ranks and titles have you held? DFC 185-lb belt. Ranked #2 at 170lb in MN (mnmmanews.com)
Do you have any heroes? My dad
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means one of my dreams has come true. All the hard work is paying off. After all the sacrifices me and my family have made, it is a huge accomplishment for me and my family and I'm here to stay.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
What was your job before you started fighting? Building grain bins in the Midwest.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Blue belt in BJJ under John Crouch
Favorite grappling technique: Takedowns
Favorite striking technique: Punches in bunches