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TRAINING: 10am-12:30pm weights, cardio, flexibility. 7:30pm-10pm MMA technique and sparring.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I always had a pedigree for fighting. I was a high school state champion and a college All-American on the wrestling mats. I started training for fighting a few years after graduating Iowa State University (about three years ago). Originally I started grappling just to stay in shape but within a few months I was hooked, not on just the grappling but the entire game of MMA. At the time I was using my business degree and working a sales job but I missed the physicality of athletics.
What ranks and titles have you held? I currently hold two belts. I am the Legends Casino Heavyweight Champion and the Cagesport Light Heavyweight Champion.
Do you have any heroes? As a child I was a G.I. Joe junkie. Now that I’m a grown man I can appreciate and respect all those who serve in our armed forces. My heroes are the American Special Forces, from Green Beret to Navy Seals. I have always respected and admired those who put their lives on the line for our country. I can relate more closely to Special Forces units because they put in an extra effort and commitment to be the best at what they do.
What does it mean for you to fight in STRIKEFORCE? The opportunity to fight in Strikeforce is a huge promotion for me. I feel like this four fight contract is my final interview with the biggest organization in MMA. As of now, my name is known around most of the local scenes, but Strikeforce is going to give me the opportunity to reach larger audiences and fight a higher level of competition. I can’t wait to fight under the Strikeforce banner and show the world my exciting physical style of fighting.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Iowa State University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing.
What was your job before you started fighting? I worked as an inside sales executive a corporation named House Values.
Favorite grappling technique: guillotine choke
Favorite Striking technique: overhand right