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LACHUTE, CANADA - NOVEMBER 14: Team Australia fighter Richard Walsh prepares to enter the Octagon before facing Team Canada fighter Matthew Desroches in their welterweight fight during filming of The Ultimate Fighter Nations television series on November 14, 2013 in Lachute, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Richard Walsh
TRAINING: My typical day involves a combination of technical drilling, grappling and strike training. Depending on the actual day the intensity varies, as does the goal. Some days involve intense sessions and other days are longer with a more technical base.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training as a teen and had my first fight as a late teenager. I started fight training because I was so passionate about Jiu-Jitsu and martial arts generally. I saw it as the natural progression to the UFC, which was my goal right from my teen years.
What ranks and titles have you held? BJJ State Champion
Do you have any heroes? Anyone that has accomplished a goal that someone has told them is unattainable! Fighters: GSP, Cote, Noke
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in the UFC is my dream come true, literally. I have had the vision of being a UFC fighter for many years and this is the beginning of great things for myself and Australian MMA.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I completed my degree at the University of New South Wales (Sydney) in Construction. I also studied abroad for a stint in Georgia Tech in Atlanta (2010) and briefly started Law School Postgrad in 2012 before deciding to pursue the UFC dream to my full potential.
What was your job before you started fighting? Strength and conditioning trainer and I was previously a student.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Amateur Muay Thai - 10-0 record,
Ranks in any martial arts styles: BJJ - Purple Belt
Favorite grappling technique: Arm lock
Favorite striking technique: Snap kick