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TRAINING: I head to the gym from 8 - 10:30am, focusing on either MMA drilling, strength and conditioning or pad work. I have a break midday where I study fight footage, eat a healthy meal and rest up for my next session. In the nighttime I train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai or MMA from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.
Thoughts on opponent, Rustam Khabilov? Rustam is a well-rounded fighter who likes to try to take opponents down to the mat. I'm looking forward to meeting Rustam on the mat to see who has the upper hand in grappling.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in martial arts when I was in University. My friend saw me hitting the heavy bag one day and asked me if I wanted to stick around for a Muay Thai / Karate class. I did the one class and I was hooked.
What ranks and titles have you held? I hold a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu under Royler Gracie. Pan-Asian Grappling champion.
Do you have any heroes? I look up to my head instructor Paul Abel
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s been a dream of mine since I started this journey. It’s such an incredible feeling to have all of your hard work come to fruition.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to the University of Guelph. I initially began studying Computer Science then I switched over to studying Philosophy and Psychology and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
What was your job before you started fighting? I’ve had many jobs – forest firefighter, deep freezer worker and, most recently, Personal Trainer.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I won a four-man MMA tournament in Thailand in a weight class above mine.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? 100% Finish Ratio
Favorite grappling technique: Triangle
Favorite Striking technique: Elbows