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Thoughts on opponent, Will Brooks? I have no thoughts. I have not seen this guy fight before. He was a champion in another organization so I know he will be a well-rounded fighter, but it is my job to welcome him to the UFC and I'm ready to fight anyone in the world.
TRAINING: Same as the last 20 fights in the UFC - putting my body on the line day in and day out, grinding hard, staying focused and getting mentally prepared.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I have been competing in Martial Arts from a young age, starting with Taekwondo and Judo. My Mam took me along to a class when I was a child as a way to channel my energy. I started doing MMA when I was 17 after watching the early UFC shows.
What ranks and titles have you held? The Ultimate Fighter season nine lightweight winner. Total Combat International Lightweight Champ, Strike and Submit British Lightweight Champ and Ultimate Force British Lightweight Champ.
Do you have any heroes? My hero is Randy Couture, he is a legend in the sport.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in the UFC is a dream come true. It has taken a lot of hard work and determination to get here and it means the world to me.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Carilion Craft Training to become a bricklayer.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was a bricklayer working on construction sites from leaving school until I made the decision to turn pro.