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TRAINING: My typical day for this fight is a lot like all they others. I work to improve myself as a martial artist first and foremost. Lots of drilling and pad work.
Thoughts on opponent, Donald Cerrone? I'm excited to fight Donald. We have been ranked near each other for a few years, so I knew this fight would eventually happen. It has the makings to be a very memorable fight.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I got into MMA in May of 2005, because I wanted to compete again and I was bored with going to work and coming home everyday.
Do you have any heroes? My parents and my siblings, they are all amazing people.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? To me, it means I really need to start working even harder. I'm fighting for the organization that I have always wanted to, and I plan on staying for a long while.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Virginia Tech, but never completed my degree.
What was your job before you started fighting? I did construction with my father and brother.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I have held five different titles in organizations on the East Coast.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Black belt in BJJ
Favorite grappling technique: Any choke
Favorite striking technique: Straight left cross