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When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training to fight after watching the first Ultimate Fighter show on Spike. I knew then and there that I could beat those guys, and that I could be a great fighter too.
Training: I’m training like never before – boxing in the AM, conditioning at 12pm, then Muay Thai or BJJ later.
What ranks and titles have you held? Grapplers Quest Champion - Heavyweight and Absolute 2006
Do you have any heroes? My parents are my heroes for teaching me everything they know and taking good care of me.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in the UFC is a dream come true. I feel like I have been working towards this my whole life. I promise not to let anybody down.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I started college but dropped out to follow my dream to be a fighter.
What was your job before you started fighting? Security at a NYC club
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I finish fights. I have 4 wins by knockout and 1 by submission.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Purple Belt in Jiu Jitsu
Favorite grappling technique: Arm Triangle
Favorite Striking technique: Knees