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TRAINING: A typical day of training for me is cardio and standup in the AM, then wrestling or jiu-jitsu and sparring in the PM.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I began in 1999. I was a street kid headed to prison and didn't want that life. Training gave me purpose and really turned my life around.
What ranks and titles have you held? Brown Belt in BJJ under Lotus Club, Featherweight Champ at Rumble on the Ridge.
Do you have any heroes? My dad, then of course all of my coaches
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? More than I can explain. It makes all of the hard work the last several years all worth something.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No college for this guy.
What was your job before you started fighting? Rental yard, machinist and a gang of other jobs I hated.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: BJJ brown belt
Favorite grappling technique: arm bar
Favorite Striking technique: The jab