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TRAINING: I train six days a week all the time. The only thing I have adjusted for this fight is adding more sparring into my routine. I mix up wrestling, BJJ and striking practice throughout the week.
When and why did you start training for fighting? Four years ago
What ranks and titles have you held? I have had almost every medal in every wrestling tournament I ever entered, from World championships to Olympic games; also Pan Am championships, World cups, and many, many other international wrestling tournaments and invitationals. Won Silver medal in freestyle wrestling in the 2000 Olympics
Do you have any heroes? Jesus Christ.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? This is my dream. When I found out I was in the UFC, I picked up my wife and danced her around the room. I'm so excited.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Bachelor degree in Sports science
What was your job before you started fighting? Just wrestling in the German league.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: None, but I will become a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black belt.
Favorite grappling technique: I love them all - I love Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Favorite Striking technique: All of them.