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TRAINING: My training varies. Tues and Thurs morning I have crossfit at 8:00 a.m, then afternoon practice at 5:00. MWF I am in the gym most of the day; it’s nice because I live just a little over a mile away from the gym, so that’s where I spend most my days!
Thoughts on opponent, Jared Papazian? He seems to be a big strong guy, with good power and decent boxing. But I can get several people in my gym that mimic his style, and he can’t find anyone anywhere that can mimic mine.
When and why did you start training for fighting? When wrestling was over I needed something else to compete in.
What ranks and titles have you held? None
Do you have any heroes? None
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means I can do my passion for a living at the highest level of the sport.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Labette and U of Central Oklahoma, bachelor in Science and General Studies
What was your job before you started fighting? Full-time student
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 1-0 as an amateur
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I hold a win over Jens Pulver and Josh Rave, who was ranked number eight in the world at 125 pounds.
Favorite grappling technique: Guillotine
Favorite Striking technique: Tomahawk chop