|Summary:||Striking and wrestling|
|From:||Jefferson, IA USA|
|Fights Out Of:||Jefferson, IA USA|
|Height:||6' 1" ( 185 cm )|
|Weight:||155 lb ( 70 kg )|
TRAINING: Training starts everyday at 10:30 am and ends around 12:15 or 12:30. We train as a team and all pro fighters work together like a family. We wrestle, do jiu-jitsu, kickbox, box, work on cage wrestling and control, and all-around we sharpen our game under the best coaches in the business, Eric del Fierro, Neil Melanson, and Brian Keck. Night practice usually starts at 6:00 and goes for an hour to an hour and a half. This training is specialized and one on one. It can be any of the disciplines listed above. Saturday morning is team strength and conditioning run by coach George Castro and makes the mind and body as tough as it needs to be to compete in the UFC.
Thoughts on opponent, Kazuki Tokudome? Kazuki is a very well-rounded fighter who likes to use his judo skills to smother fighters on the ground and particularly against the cage. He is very tough with lots of heart, and he can weather the storm, so to speak, when it comes to taking punishment. However, I feel that his style matches well with mine, giving me the advantage both standing and in wrestling. I’m very much looking forward to competing against such a worthy and durable opponent.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I've wrestled since I was four, so it just clicked the first time I ever watched it. I was hooked from there on out and started training.
What ranks and titles have you held? Midwest Cage Championship Lightweight Champion
Do you have any heroes? My heroes are the men and women who give their lives to protect our freedom, giving us the opportunity to pursue our dreams.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It's a dream I now get to live, which is crazy to think about. It's just another step in the right direction, but there is still a lot of work to do and time to work even harder.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
What was your job before you started fighting? Bartender - so I could make it by and still train during the day.
Favorite grappling technique: Takedown via punch or kick
Favorite striking technique: Knockout - however I can get it
- Pro since 2007
- 13 wins by KO, three by submission
- 13 first round finishes
- On eight fight win streak
- Lost 2008 bout to UFC vet Marcus LeVesseur
- Origin of nickname – “I got my nickname from my popularity as a local fighter as well as my ‘highlight reel’ finishes.”