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When and why did you start training for fighting? I started fighting five years ago, but have been in sports since I was six years old. While working as an engineer on cruise ships I had decided I needed to get on a diet to lose some weight. From there I discovered shootfighting in Norway and found out I was good at whipping some ASS!
What ranks and titles have you held? Gladiator Challenge Heavyweight Champion
Do you have any heroes? Forest Griffin and Fedor Emelianenko
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? As a kid I imagined myself in the Olympics. The UFC is my Olympics NOW!
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes! Chief Marine Engineer
What was your job before you started fighting? Marine Engineer
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? National Kickboxing Champion (Norway), three-time State Toughman Champion, Sweet 16 Finalist
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? K1 veteran / Gladiator Challenge Heavyweight Champion (1 Title Defense)
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Brown Belt: Kickboxing (WACO) Arendal Kickboxing - Purple Belt: BJJ (John Lewis)
Favorite grappling technique: Sweeps
Favorite Striking technique: Left Hook