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TRAINING: It is hard to describe a typical day, because I can’t say any day is ever typical. I have a very intense schedule with work, so time management is extremely important to me. I work directly with my coaches and training partners to set up a schedule that allows me to get the most out of my time in the gym. I never start a workout without a specific goal in mind, whether a minor detail on a technique, or an overall premise surrounding the shoot box game. Each training session is focused on smaller goals that build toward the fight.
Thoughts on opponent, Danny Castillo? Dan is a very experienced and seasoned opponent who has competed against the top echelon of fighters in both the UFC and WEC. I am excited to face this next challenge in my career, and look forward to being able to test myself and my abilities on May 5th.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training for mixed martial arts upon the completion of my college wrestling career, when I moved to Manhattan for work. The Renzo Gracie Academy was conveniently located near my office and allowed me to utilize my base of wrestling to continue to train jiu-jitsu for fun. Once I started training I fell in love with the various options and forms of martial arts that were available to me, ranging from jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, boxing, judo, shoot box, and thus I began to train in the different disciplines as well as blend them together.
What ranks and titles have you held? Ring of Combat Lightweight Champ, Cage Fury Lightweight Champ, UCC Lightweight Champ
Do you have any heroes? Instead of heroes, I would say that my parents have been my role models. Since a young age they have instilled into me the idea of working hard for what you want, and to not be afraid to set your goals high. Their continued support in my life as well as the countless sacrifices they have made have been instrumental in the successes and goals that I have been able to achieve.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It is a great opportunity for me to challenge my abilities against the best talent in the lightweight division.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Cornell University (Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics and Management)
What was your job before you started fighting? My job currently is a Commodities Broker. I work with an OTC Energy Brokerage Firm and primarily focus on brokering Natural Gas and Crude Oil options, futures, and swaps.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Renzo Gracie BJJ Purple Belt