|Summary:||Striking and wrestling|
|From:||Jefferson, Iowa USA|
|Fights Out Of:||Jefferson, Iowa USA|
|Height:||5' 10" ( 177 cm )|
|Weight:||155 lb ( 70 kg )|
UFC Fight Night event at the TD Garden on January 18, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photos by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Jan 18, 2015
UFC Fight Boston weigh-in event at the Orpheum Theatre on January 17, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photos by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Jan 17, 2015
UFC Fight Night event inside the Saitama Arena on September 20, 2014 in Saitama, Japan. (Photos by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Sep 20, 2014
UFC Fight Night weigh-in event on September 19, 2014 in Saitama, Japan. (Photos by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Sep 19, 2014
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.
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