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TRAINING: For this fight, I am focusing a lot of my time on technique and cardio. I want to be better than I have ever been before and in better shape as well.
Thoughts on opponent, Nate Diaz? Nate is a very well trained fighter, he comes from a great team and he is also as tough as they come. I am really excited to test myself against him in a five round fight.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I got into MMA in May of 2005, because I wanted to compete again and I was bored with going to work and coming home everyday.
Do you have any heroes? My parents and my siblings, they are all amazing people.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? To me, it means I really need to start working even harder. I'm fighting for the organization that I have always wanted to, and I plan on staying for a long while.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Virginia Tech, but never completed my degree.
What was your job before you started fighting? I did construction with my father and brother.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I have held five different titles in organizations on the East Coast.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Black belt in BJJ
Favorite grappling technique: Any choke
Favorite Striking technique: Straight left cross