9-0-0( W-L-D )

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 1 fights.
Record: 9-0-0
Summary: Wrestling, scrambling, tough, creative, cardio and being a savage!

Fighter Info

Nickname: Funk Master
From: Long Island, NY USA
Fights Out Of: Uniondale, NY USA
Age: 24
Height: 5' 7" ( 170 cm )
Weight: 135 lb ( 61 kg )


Total Attempted Strikes
52% Successful
Types of Successful Strikes
54% Clinch
Striking Defense
The percentage of total strikes avoided


Total Takedowns
60% Successful
Grappling Totals by Type
Takedown Defense
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Cody Gibson Feb 22, 2014
18 4 1 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Aljamain Sterling 46 3 3 2


TRAINING: Wake up early, lift, a pad work session, or a run. Coach kids at my High School, back in the gym at night for BJJ, cardio kickboxing, sparring, cage work or positional training.

When and why did you start training for fighting?
I started training because I saw a former teammate/colleague and current LHW Champ of the world (Jon Jones) training, and I also saw a few TUF shows. I asked him for an opportunity to train with him, I was invited and I haven’t looked back since. I thought it was tailor-made for me because I love one-on-one competition. It’s your skill set against my skill set. Nothing is more rewarding than knowing you earned your right to win!

What ranks and titles have you held? I’m technically a blue belt in Gi-BJJ, and a 2x All-American for SUNY Cortland at 133 and 141 lbs. I've held a belt at 135 and 145 lbs as an amateur. And I've held the Ring of Combat belt at 135 lbs, before vacating it to fight at CFFC and become their first 135 lbs champ.

Do you have any heroes? No heroes growing up. But I do look up to Al Iaquinta and Chris Weidman as role models now. I always try to match their work ethic and push myself past my limits.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting the UFC means a lot to me. I finally feel like all the hard work and dedication I put into making this a career hasn't been for nothing. All the hours my trainers and I put in will not go unnoticed. I'm an animal just trying to do savage-like things out there! When I dream, I work. REALITY! That’s what I live by. And I’m gonna go get it!

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to SUNY Morrisville, studying accounting, before transferring to SUNY Cortland and getting my B.A. in Physical Education.

What was your job before you started fighting? I was working as a shoe salesman at Saks Fifth, before being fired because I needed to get last minute things for school and called out of work (Laughs). Then I just cut hair in school to help get by.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Placed 4th & 6th at 133 lbs and 141 lbs as a JR & SR, respectively.

Ranks in any martial arts styles: I'm a blue belt in BJJ, a black belt in Funk-Jitsu, and an expert at making chocolate lava cakes!

Favorite grappling technique: Rear naked choke all day!!

Favorite striking technique: Leg kicks, to chop down the tree!
•    Pro since 2011

•    Four wins by submission, one by KO

•    Had 2-1 amateur record

•    Three first round finishes

•    Two-time Division III All-American wrestler

•    Had 87-27 college wrestling record


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