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Thoughts on opponent, David Grant? David Grant is a cool dude and I have a lot of respect for him. We got along quite well on the show and I have nothing bad to say about the guy. He's a big 135er with a lot of strength and power. He’s a good technician as well. There’s one problem though. He's trying to take something that I want. So why not get in a fistfight over it? May the best man win.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I did some martial arts growing up but didn’t get too serious about it. My Taekwondo master moved back to Korea, so I stopped doing that when I was a youngster. I found martial arts again in 2004 when I was 16. A big part of me getting into martial arts was my dad, and my brother that passed. My dad was always into martial arts and kung fu, so I grew up around Bruce Lee movies and him showing me stuff on the heavy bag in the garage. My brother did American freestyle kickboxing and held a brown belt. I remember me trying on all his sparring gear in his bag and begging for him to take me to the gym. Unfortunately, he was gunned down when I was eight years old. At his memorial service, he was awarded his black belt by his Sensei. I remember after that day I told my parents I wanted to get my black belt one day like my brother. I was also picked on a lot and bullied in school growing up. I didn’t really show people it bothered me, but deep down it did.
What ranks and titles have you held? Brown belt in Hawaiian kenpo, yellow belt in Taekwondo, blue belt in Bang Muay Thai, and black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Do you have any heroes? My mom and dad of course. They've inspired me so much and taught me very valuable lessons. Also, Helio and Carlos Gracie.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s what I’ve been dreaming about since I was 15 years old. It’s a dream come true and I’m living my dream!
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
What was your job before you started fighting? I worked at a Verizon store selling phones, worked at the OTM fight shop in Las Vegas, and taught jiu-jitsu.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? National Pankration champion, four-time TUFF N UFF champion at two different weight classes, No gi world champion, multiple time Grapplers quest champion, Multiple time Naga champion
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? All my fights have been finished with submissions.
Favorite grappling technique: The one that makes him tap
Favorite striking technique: The one that lands