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DENVER, CO - AUGUST 09: Frankie Edgar interacts with media and fans during the UFC 150 press conference at the Fillmore Auditorium on August 9, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TRAINING: Training is typically 2 to 3 times a day, consisting of striking, wrestling, BJJ, and strength and conditioning.
Thoughts on opponent, Benson Henderson? Ben is a great fighter; I’m looking forward to mixing it up with him. His style and mine will make for an exciting fight for the fans.
When and why did you start training for fighting? After I graduated from college in May of 2005. I always liked the sport. I have seen other people with a wrestling background do well, and I felt that I could succeed.
Accomplishments in amateur competition? Two-time State Place Winner for New Jersey, 2nd in H.S. Nationals in 2000, four-time Division I National Qualifier for Clarion University and College Freestyle All-American in 2004.
Accomplishments in pro competition? Reality Fighting 155lb Champion
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite grappling technique: Guillotine choke
Favorite striking technique: Right hand
Do you have any heroes? My dad and my high school wrestling coach, Mr. Reid. These two are the toughest people that I know, both mentally and physically.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It is great, considering that I only started fighting a year and a half ago, and there wasn't even a 155 weight class in the UFC at the time.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I have a BA in Political Science from Clarion University
What was your job before you started fighting? Plumber