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TRAINING: 4 to 5 sessions a day. Morning MMA class, wrestling or kickboxing. Mid-day pad work. Afternoon strength and conditioning or swimming, then a private lesson with coaches to game plan. Night time wrestling and technical striking
Thoughts on opponent, Charlie Brenneman? He's a tenacious fighter with a good gas tank who tries to take you down and put you on your back all night long.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training late 2002. I was playing rugby league and was looking for something to do in the off season when a friend asked me to come along and try MMA. I didn’t know what it was at the time but agreed to go along anyway. Two weeks after my first training session I was asked if I would like to have a fight, then two weeks after that I had my first fight.
What ranks and titles have you held? Australian middleweight champion and welterweight champion
Do you have any heroes? Steve Irwin and my Mum
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means the realization of a dream for me to be able to compete at the highest level of our sport.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? N/A
What was your job before you started fighting? My previous job was as a security guard at Australia zoo
Favorite grappling technique: Triangle choke
Favorite Striking technique: Left hook