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TRAINING: I take a three-pronged approach to my training, focusing on my body, mind and spirit. I feel, for me, a balance approach to training benefits me the most, in and out of the cage.
Thoughts on opponent, Tae Hyun Bang? Bang is going to be a great opponent. He's been around the game for a long time and he brings a ton of tenacity and experience to the cage. I'm sure it'll be a great fight.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I have been training for about seven years. I started fighting because I have always had a competitive spirit. Few contests are as true and as primal as an MMA event. Even though we cause pain and suffering to a fellow human being, it is in a controlled environment, and when this is followed through in a spirit of friendly competition, I believe it is a great way to get back to who we are at our core, and it can actually be a journey of self-discovery.
What ranks and titles have you held? I currently hold three 170-pound MMA championships, for the big three promotions in the North Dakota area. Other than that, I have very little formal martial arts training. Nearly all my experience has come through training at top MMA gyms around the nation.
Do you have any heroes? Anyone who has ever been in a trying situation and turned to compassion, wisdom, and truth to come out the other side as a transformed compassionate being.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I have other, larger goals for my life than the UFC. However, at this point in my life, there are very few places I would rather be than contracted in the UFC. Being in the UFC, for me, means that I can pursue my fighting career to the fullest, and have all the opportunities to reach my full potential as a martial artist.