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When and why did you start training for fighting? I have a lot of pent up rage from being the nerdy kid, and I wanted to unleash some of that. I met up with my coaches about a year ago (April, '06) and they tested me out. I kept getting better and they took me under their wings to mold me into the fighter I am today. They're my big brothers, beating on me until I get better. I owe a lot of my success to them.
Accomplishments in amateur competition? NY National Team Cadet Greco-Roman 2002
Accomplishments in pro competition? NABC MMA World Welterweight Champion
Ranks in any martial arts styles: None
Favorite grappling technique: Skull breaking elbow.
Favorite Striking technique: Jaw breaking knee.
Do you have any heroes? Sifu Kevin Seaman, Erik Charles, Jared Palmer
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It goes to show that you should never judge a book by its cover. A year ago, everyone was like "what are you doing? You're not going to make it". Now I've made it to the biggest organization in the sport and it is a great feeling achieving a goal you set forth for yourself. I achieved something that most thought would never be possible for me. When I got the call and the contract, I was ecstatic but not shocked. I knew I would make it, and I always believed in myself. I have found myself. This is my calling.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Earned a BS in Kinesiology with a concentration in Fitness Development, and a minor in Exercise Science from SUNY Cortland
What was your job before you started fighting? Student, library worker, mopping mats at CNYMMA.