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TRAINING: I train three times a day six days a week. Cardio every day and then I switch up between sparring, BJJ, wrestling and striking.
Thoughts on opponent, Brad Tavares? He's a very good striker, very quick and a very good strategist.
When and why did you start training for fighting? Six years ago
What ranks and titles have you held? I have had almost every medal in every wrestling tournament I ever entered, from World championships to Olympic games; also Pan Am championships, World cups, and many, many other international wrestling tournaments and invitationals. Won Silver medal in freestyle wrestling in the 2000 Olympics
Do you have any heroes? Jesus Christ.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? This is my dream. When I found out I was in the UFC, I picked up my wife and danced her around the room. I'm so excited.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Bachelor degree in Sports science
What was your job before you started fighting? Just wrestling in the German league.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: None, but I will become a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black belt.
Favorite grappling technique: I love them all - I love Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite striking technique: All of them