|From:||Bluefield, VA USA|
|Fights Out Of:||Dallas, TX USA|
|Height:||5' 10" ( 177 cm )|
|Weight:||170 lb ( 77 kg )|
UFC Fight Night event inside Nilson Nelson Gymnasium on September 13, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Sep 13, 2014
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UFC® 171 Hendricks vs Lawler on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TexasMar 15, 2014
Join UFC correspondent Megan Olivi backstage at the UFC 171 open workouts in Dallas, TX. Diego Sanchez and Myles Jury weigh in on their bout while veteran Jake Shields discusses how he prepared for Hector Lombard.Mar 12, 2014 2:03
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TRAINING: Working in all aspects of MMA
When and why did you start training for fighting? My whole life I have been a competitor, and I have always been interested in martial arts. After high school football was over I felt that I had much more potential, and I wanted to get involved in a sport that was fresh and new. I began to pray about it, shortly after I was introduced to MMA, and I have been pursuing it ever since.
What ranks and titles have you held? None
Do you have any heroes? All the men that have paved the way for MMA to be where it is today.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in the UFC means all the hard work I have put in since day one has paid off, and the only other thing I can ask for more than this opportunity is to be the UFC champion.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Southwest Virginia Community College for 1 year.
What was your job before you started fighting? I have always had a job while I have been competing. I have worked for Food City in Bluefield, Virginia, and I’m currently working for Loanstar Title Loans in Dallas, TX as well as Title Boxing Club in Plano, TX.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Rough & Rowdy Brawl Champion, Golden Gloves Champion, State Line MMA Middleweight Champion, Absolute Cage Fighting Middleweight Champion
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I was voted TX MMA People’s Choice Pro MMA Fighter of the Year 2011
Favorite grappling technique: Rear Naked Choke
Favorite striking technique: Superman punch into the left head kick
• Pro since 2009
• Has won six of his last eight
• Two wins by KO, two by submission