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TRAINING: My mornings generally start at 6:30 with about an hour of cardio, then I head in for a mitt session, either Muay Thai or boxing, then finish with weight training. Then I go home, get some lunch, take a little rest, come back for the evening practice and get a lot of sparring in there with the Power MMA team.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training about a year and a half ago to continue competing once college wrestling was over
What titles have you held? NJCAA Wrestling National Champion, Ohio State Wrestling Champion , HS All American , NCAA DIV. 1 All-American, Bad Boy Boxing Champion
Do you have any heroes? No
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? This is my pro league. This is where I can get paid to do what I love. Since there is no real pro wrestling, the UFC is the next best thing. And in all actuality, I like fighting better.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Arizona State University and Graduated with a degree in interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Sociology and Justice Studies.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was a recruiter/Headhunter working for a company called MGA that specialized in the IT and Telecom fields.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? All pretty much in amateur wrestling: NCAA wrestling All-American, Jr. College national champion, HS All-American, State champion, 3x placer, 4x league champion.
Favorite grappling technique: Peruvian Necktie
Favorite striking technique: I like to use kicks