|Nickname:||Hecho en México|
|From:||San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora Mexico|
|Fights Out Of:||Tempe, AZ USA|
|Height:||5' 9" ( 175 cm )|
|Weight:||155 lb ( 70 kg )|
|College:||Grand Canyon University|
|Degree:||Criminal Justice and Sociology|
UFC Fight Night event inside Nilson Nelson Gymnasium on September 13, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Sep 13, 2014
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UFC Fight Night Brasilia Open Workouts at the Brasilia Shopping mall on September 11, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Sep 11, 2014
Watch the official weigh-in for UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski, live Friday, September 12 at 9pm CEST.Sep 08, 2014
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TRAINING: Each day if different. Some days I have strength and conditioning in the morning and some days I have kickboxing, but every day I'm in the gym for team practices at 3 pm doing either wrestling or BJJ or boxing.
When and why did you start training for fighting? Six years ago – I love the competition.
Do you have any heroes? My Dad and Mother
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s a great accomplishment.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Grand Canyon University -degree in Criminal justice and Sociology.
What was your job before you started fighting? Full-time student
Accomplishments in amateur competition? I was a state champion in wrestling in high school. I took sixth at the
Favorite grappling technique: RNC - the Drew Fickett special
I went and worked in the fields when I was in the 7th grade. At one point I was thinking about dropping out of school to help my parents earn more money. But a high school coach talked me out of it. We eventually had a lot of great things because of my mom.
First impressions of America: It was hard at first because I couldn’t speak English. But I believed it was the Land of Opportunity. You just have to find it. The turning point for me was my freshman year of high school when I became good at wrestling. I qualified for the state tournament. That was an eye-opener for me. I wanted to become a state champ.
Hecho En Mexico: I’ve been on a couple of tours with Cain Velasquez in Mexico and a lot of people recognize me. That’s pretty cool.
Childhood Hero: El Santos. He’s a famous Mexican luchador (professional wrestler). He wears a mask and he’s still the biggest thing. He was awesome. He was the person I wanted to be. He was my Pancho Villa.
A Gift For Mom: I was the youngest of five children so I wanted to make my family proud. I used wrestling to pay for college. I started fighting in college to help pay the rent. When I went off to college I never planned to be a pro fighter. My goal was just to be a college graduate. I’m the first person in my family to graduate college. All of my brothers were high school dropouts and my parents never had the luxury of going to school. Getting my college degree made my mom happy – and when my mom’s happy, I’m happy. I earned my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology.
The Next Antonio Banderas? Now I’m pursuing a master’s degree in theater and acting. This past February I was in Miami with Clay Guida, Rich Franklin and a bunch of other guys. Rich Franklin said something about taking acting classes and he had been in a movie and I thought, “Why can’t I do that?” So if I ever make it big in acting I’m going to go thank him.
Whether he can cry on cue: Not yet, not tear-wise. But I’m going to give it a try. If I can strip to my underwear for a weigh-in in front of thousands of people then I can get in front of a camera and make myself cry.
Favorite actor: Will Ferrell. He’s a funny guy; he’s my favorite.
Describe yourself: I’m a humble, down-to-earth guy. I got that from my Mom. She taught me that everything that goes up must come down. I’m also a very caring person and I’m open to helping anybody who needs it.
Before Walking to The Octagon: I listen to music that will pump me up. I stay relaxed and loose until someone tells me, “One more fight and you’re up.” I listen to Eminem or Mexican music that reminds me about having a dream and it being time to capitalize. I’m more into the lyrics of the song, not just the beat.
Favorite pro athletes to watch: Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Chad OchoCinco, Larry Fitzgerald, and Michael Vick. I’ve actually met Larry Fitzgerald before at a charity event in Scottsdale (Arizona). It was a bike rally to raise money for the family of a guy who died in a motorcycle accident. He’s a cool guy.