|From:||Safford, Arizona United States|
|Fights Out Of:||Arvada, Colorado United States|
|Height:||5' 11" ( 180 cm )|
|Weight:||155 lb ( 70 kg )|
Analyst Robin Black teams up with Matt Parrino to preview the amazing slate of summer Fight Night fights, including Chris Weidman vs Kelvin Gastelum, Holly Holm vs. Bethe Correia, Kevin Lee vs. Michael Chiesa, and Michael Johnson vs. Justin Gaethje.May 19, 2017 5:04
The UFC Summer Kickoff Press Conference at the American Airlines Center on May 12, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photos by Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)May 12, 2017
Thoughts on opponent, Michael Johnson? I’m excited for this kind of test and opportunity from the UFC and they obviously trust in my skills. They know that I fight hard and Michael Johnson is a great matchup for the fans and for me and Michael. I suspect each of us will be getting an extra $50,000 no matter what.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I grew up wrestling and fighting was never something I ever dreamed about doing. I was never in a streetfight, and then I started fighting amateur fights in college and won seven in a row and after college I turned pro and I haven’t lost one. I just wanted to be the best at whatever I was doing, and that’s put me in this great position that I’m in right now.
What ranks and titles have you held? World Series of Fighting lightweight champion (five successful title defenses)
Do you have any heroes? My parents
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s definitely something special to me, but the way that I’m approaching this is that this fight is no different than the very first fight I ever had.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? University of Northern Colorado. I am an internship away from completing my Bachelors degree in Human Services
What was your job before you started fighting? I was a student and then I would take random jobs. I worked in demolition, I did painting, I was a bouncer at a billiards club, so anything to be able to keep training and to follow my goal.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 7-0 MMA record, 2010 Division I All-American, finished seventh in NCAA tournament
Favorite grappling technique: Blast double leg
Favorite Striking technique: Uppercut
• Pro since 2011
• 14 wins by KO, one by submission (RNC)
• Six first round finishes
• Owns wins over UFC vets Drew Fickett, Dan Lauzon, Melvin Guillard, Brian Foster and Brian Cobb
• Has also defeated PRIDE vet Luiz Firmino and Strikeforce vet JZ Cavalcante