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TRAINING: After a day at work I do my roadwork, then go to the gym for all-around training. I’m sparring almost daily to make sure I am right where I want to be on fight night.
Thoughts on opponent, Richie Vaculik? Good fighter, fun to watch and I’m looking forward to the fight. Should be fireworks when the cage door closes!
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started fighting in 2004 because I like being competitive and wanted to test myself.
What ranks and titles have you held? The most notable is the Cage Warriors Flyweight Championship
Do you have any heroes? No
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s a great honor and I’m excited for the opportunity to showcase my talent on a world stage.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
What was your job before you started fighting? Warehouse worker
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I have had three titles in MMA: Cage Warriors Flyweight Champion, Bantamweight Extreme Brawl Champion and EF4 Bantamweight Champion
Ranks in any martial arts styles: I’m always learning, but I train in Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai and Karate. Currently a purple belt in BJJ.
Favorite grappling technique: Any submission
Favorite striking technique: Knockout