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TRAINING: Mornings I am doing my strength and cardio at S.O.S. (skill of strength) in New Hampshire.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training Jan 1, 2011. I started training because someone knew I liked to fight and invited me out to train. I walked into the gym thinking I was the baddest guy alive. After getting choked and submitted by a 125 pounder multiple times, I knew this was what I wanted to do. I hate losing and I knew right then that this was my dream.
What ranks and titles have you held? None
Do you have any heroes? I would not call them heroes but I would say that I look up to them. I am a big GSP fan because of how dominant he has been in all aspects of the sport. I love the timing he has and how he always keeps his opponent guessing.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means that I have the opportunity to prove to myself that I belong with the elite fighters in this sport. The best fighters fight for the UFC and now I can get one step closer to my big goals. The hard part just got started.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to NDSU and dropped out because I was never motivated by academics but only by athletics.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was cleaning carpets in St. Cloud, MN. Great people but I am glad I found MMA.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition: MN knockout of the year award in 2011
Specific accomplishments in pro competition: MN fighter of the year award in 2012
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Blue belt nogi world champ
Favorite grappling technique: Guillotine and kimura
Favorite striking technique: Jab