TRAINING: Strength and conditioning in the morning, usually consisting of about 90 minutes of work. Integrated movement preparation with plyometrics, with a little strength training. Midday is typically very technical. Pads with coach, jiu-jitsu with one of our black belts, or fight simulation. In the evenings we do a lot of our live goes, consisting of wrestling, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, and ballet.
Thoughts on opponent, Roger Gracie? I know that Roger Gracie is a very dangerous opponent. He is a lot more well rounded than people give him credit for. He utilizes his job very well and has exceptional takedowns. I think this is going to be a fantastic fight.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training martial arts when I was in grade school. I began with Karate, but then quickly migrated to Japanese Jiu-Jistu. I trained in that until the end of high-school, when I moved to the Pit and started training for MMA.
What ranks and titles have you held? Special Forces senior weapons sergeant
Do you have any heroes? Every soldier in Afghanistan right now, and Brian Stann
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I always look at my opponent. I have fought in a lot of places for a lot of different promotions. It always comes down to who is standing across from me on the other side of the cage.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Columbia College, and have a BA in criminal justice
What was your job before you started fighting? Ranger qualified Special Forces sniper.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Grapplers Quest 3 light heavyweight champion, 3X Modern Army Combatives light heavyweight champion.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Extreme Challenge 50 tournament champion, Strikeforce middleweight contender.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Black belt in MACP (modern army combative), Black belt in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite grappling technique: Slam
Favorite Striking technique: Head kick