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TRAINING: Every day is divided into technical work and live drills. I've gone back to my BJJ roots and have been training a lot of wrestling. We also brought in a new Muay Thai coach, so it's fun working on new things.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training at 17 under Master Lloyd Irvin to fight in the UFC.
What ranks and titles have you held? Bronze Medalist in 2008 Brown Belt BJJ mundials, UWC Bantamweight champ
Do you have any heroes? My father, Brandon Vera, Phil Davis, Domin8r (Dominick Cruz), Master Lloyd Irvin, Jose Pele
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means the world; it’s been my dream since I was 17; it will provide my family with a better life
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Massage therapy school
What was your job before you started fighting? Martial arts instructor
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Bronze Medalist in 2008 Brown Belt BJJ mundials, WKA World Champion, WKA National Champion
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? UWC Bantamweight champ
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Black Belt in BJJ, Black Belt in TKD, Black Belt in Thai-Jitsu
Favorite grappling technique: All of them
Favorite striking technique: All of them