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TRAINING: I get to the gym about 8am to start my day off with my strength and conditioning coach Chris Merritt. At this time we do a strength workout followed by a metabolic cardio workout. After that I either do Focus Mitts or Grappling, than head home to shower and rest a little. I'll usually head back to the gym around 5:30pm and will be there for three to four hours working on various parts of my game, whether it be wrestling, grappling, or sparring. I do this six days a week.
Thoughts on opponent, Chico Camus? I'm very excited for my fight with Chico. I think he is a great well-rounded fighter, so I am prepared for wherever he tries to take the fight. My plan is to stop any takedown he attempts and force him to stand and trade with me! Even though I took this fight on short notice, I feel very confident in my training and I promise a much more active and aggressive Dustin in this fight!!!
When and why did you start training for fighting? I've been fighting all my life.... fighting for the right.... to Paaaaarty! LOL. No, but seriously, I first found out about MMA fighting from a UFC DVD from Blockbuster. I fell in love with the sport and had my first amateur fight six months after watching that DVD.
What ranks and titles have you held? I have held 4 amateur belts in two different weight classes - 145lbs and 155lbs; I also have held one professional belt at 135lbs.
Do you have any heroes? I have many heroes in my life. My number one hero is my Lord and savior Jesus Christ; God has given me an incredible life, filled with amazing family and friends. I have so much to be thankful for and I am very grateful for everything He has blessed me with. Another hero in my life is my father-in-law, who has been like a second father to me. I look up to him for the morals he lives by and the love he has for his family and I enjoy all the laughs we share together.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means the world to me!!! Six years ago I set a very specific goal with my best friend Chris Merritt. That goal was to one day fight in the UFC, so not only am I accomplishing a goal, but I am fulfilling a dream!
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I actually went to a few colleges and wasted a lot of money on credits that never transferred. But I do have an associates degree of occupational study for personal training.
What was your job before you started fighting? I had many jobs throughout my MMA career and never kept any of them for more than a year. What can I say...I'm not cut out to be a 9 to 5er.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? As an amateur I have won the WKA Northeastern regional 145lbs and 155lbs titles, I have won the Total Cage Combat Featherweight Championship and the Vahalla Featherweight Championship.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I recently won the Ring of Combat Bantamweight Championship
Favorite grappling technique: I love the triangle choke!
Favorite Striking technique: Any strike that finishes with a knockout