Van Buren

Fighter Info

Nickname: Gutter
From: Chesapeake, Virginia USA
Fights Out Of: Chula Vista, California USA
Age: 31
Height: 6' 5" ( 195 cm )
Weight: 205 lb ( 93 kg )



When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training MMA in January 2007. I was looking for a way to stay out of trouble because a lot of my friends were going down the wrong path. I always liked to fight and was interested in doing some local MMA shows

What ranks and titles have you held? 2007 WKA North American Heavyweight Open class heavyweight champion, Barbarian Fight Club Heavyweight champion, Modern Gladiators Heavyweight Champion

Do you have any heroes? No

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in the UFC means the world to me. This is what I have wanted for so many years. Since I began my career, this was my goal and it is everything I have worked for and sacrificed my life for. Words can't describe what it means to me.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to community college for a bit, but did not earn a degree.

What was your job before you started fighting? I worked security, shipping and receiving and a ton of construction jobs.

Ranks in any martial arts styles:
I got a blue belt in BJJ in 2009 but haven't gotten ranked since because I stopped training with the gi.

Favorite grappling technique: Triangle choke

Favorite striking technique: Right low kick
• Team Edgar on TUF 19

• Pro since 2010

• Three wins by KO, one by submission (RNC)

• Two first round finishes