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Training: AM Conditioning and standup or groundwork, PM live grappling or sparring. Training is as it always goes 2 to 3 times a day, 6 days a week at MFS in Iowa.
When and why did you start training for fighting? The day I understood what a fight was, I began my journey to become the best.
Do you have any heroes? Those who reach for their dreams.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Everything. I would be lying if I said that this isn't the biggest stage in the world. On this stage my idols will become my peers, and for that I am grateful.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Went for 2 years, but it was only a band-aid for what I really wanted to do, which is be in the UFC.
What was your job before you started fighting? Construction
Accomplishments in amateur competition? I once joined the adult division at a Full Contact Kyokushinkai tournament (no gloves, full kicks to the head) and took 1st place by knocking out two 26 year old men. I was 16 and when they found out my age they tried to take the trophy back.
If any, list ranks in any martial arts styles: Brown Belt under Pat Miletich, lifelong Kyokushinkai Karate practitioner
Favorite grappling technique: Triangle Choke
Favorite Striking technique: Superman Punch