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TRAINING: A typical day of training usually consists of strength and conditioning in the AM followed by grappling, bagwork, mitt work, etc. around noon. Then I go home eat, rest, and recover for team practice in the evening. Team practice usually consists of grappling/wrestling, kickboxing, etc. After that it's straight home to eat, rest, and recover for the next day.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training BJJ initially in 2007 to lose weight and stay in shape for firefighting (my profession). As I began to compete in jiu-jitsu tournaments I saw a lot of success on the regional circuit and decided to try my hand at this cagefighting stuff. Turns out I was pretty decent and ever since the first one I have just kept climbing.
What ranks and titles have you held? I am a black belt under Hector Munoz in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Do you have any heroes? My parents for busting their butts their whole lives so that my brother and I not only had what we needed, but also what we wanted.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means a great deal. It is literally a dream and goal coming true. It is also a sense of validity for all the years of blood, sweat, and tears that I have put in. I am not with content with just getting a contract; I want to stay with the UFC for years to come.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I did go to college for like eight years....it just wasn't what I wanted to do. I wasted a lot of time and money on something that wasn't a dream.
What was your job before you started fighting? I am currently a firefighter with the Corpus Christi Fire Department. I love my job and I love my department.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? No belts or anything like that, but I was undefeated in four fights and all were finishes in round one.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Getting to the UFC is my biggest professional accomplishment. On June 7th I am looking to add to that by becoming the first person born and raised in Corpus to win a fight in the UFC.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Second degree black belt in Taekwondo, black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite grappling technique: RNC.....cut off the blood to the brain and no matter how big of a heart or bad of a dude, the fight is over.
Favorite striking technique: The Jab