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TRAINING: I have complete changed everything up for this camp. My last fight I did zero strength & conditioning and zero stand-up mitt work. I was at ATT and we mainly focused on just sparring and live wrestling. I couldn't find the time to get everything I needed in. Now I have changed camps. I'm at MMA Masters and a lot has changed. I wake up early everyday to take my two-year-old and my five-month-old to my mom before I make the 45 minute drive to MMA Masters. There, we focus a lot on drilling and situational training that will get me prepared for Cole. I then take a small break and head to my S&C session that has taken my conditioning to new heights. I go there about three times a week. At night I'm either at Vagner Rocha Martial Arts sharpening my jiu-jitsu or hitting mitts with my boxing coach. I went from doing zero days of stand-up techniques and mitts to about four to five times a week. My focus this time around is to not make the same mistakes as last time. Of course, I find time for runs throughout the day in between all the training. My day usually ends at about 9:30-10pm.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training for fighting when I was 19 years old and went pro two years later at 21 years old
What ranks and titles have you held? I hold a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Bruno Malfacine and I held the Cage Warriors Fighting Championships Featherweight title
Do you have any heroes? Honestly, I have a lot of people that I look up to, but two unsung heroes that I have are my wife, Melisa and my Mom, Abby. Melisa has been my first and biggest fan, she is the one that urged me to take my first professional fight and has supported our dream every step of the way. We have been together since high school and she always brings out the best in me. She is also a great mother to our son, Anthony. My Mom worked hard and raised five children with my Dad. I thought she was super strict but I now understand that she taught me right from wrong. She and my Dad exhibited a great work ethic that has helped me to this day.