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TRAINING: My typical training is day is really similar to all of my camps. I usually spar, wrestle or grapple at 12 and then I'm back in the gym in the evening doing a cardio workout and hitting pads with my coaches, Javier and Huitzi.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in August of 2009. I wanted to train MMA because I love the competitive aspects of fighting. I love combat.
What ranks and titles have you held? None
Do you have any heroes? My heroes are all the greatest wrestlers in us history: John Smith, Kevin Jackson, Dan Gable, Kenny Monday and all the guys that came before me in what I believe is the toughest sport in the world.
What does it mean for you to fight in STRIKEFORCE? It means the world to me to compete in Strikeforce. I have the opportunity to compete against some of the best fighters in the world every time I step in the cage.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Oklahoma State University and got my degree in sociology.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was the club coach at Oklahoma State and also wrestled internationally post-college.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I was a six-time US open national champion. Two-time US Olympian (Captain of 2008 team), Pan-Am games champion, NCAA runner up and two-time NJCAA National champ, 2007 world bronze medalist and 2007 USA wrestling wrestler of the year. I was 5th, 9th, and 3rd at world competitions and I was 4th at the Olympic games.
Favorite grappling technique: guillotine choke.
Favorite Striking technique: overhand right.