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TRAINING: I've switched up my training for this fight. I split my time between NJ and Philadelphia - 3 days in Philly and 2 in NJ.
Thoughts on opponent, Danny Castillo? Castillo has been around for quite a while. He's hard-nosed, comes forward and swings with bad intentions. It's my job to beat him to the punch and put him in my world.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I had graduated college and was teaching high school Spanish. I needed to compete again, so with my collegiate wrestling base, I looked to MMA.
What ranks and titles have you held? NCAA DI Top Twelve Finish, Ring of Combat Tournament Champion, Valley Fight League Welterweight Champ, Season I Champion of Spike TV's "Pros vs. Joes"
Do you have any heroes? None
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It is truly a dream come true. I vividly remember stating to my college friend three years ago, before I started fighting, "One day I will fight in the UFC."
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I have an undergrad degree in Secondary Ed./ Spanish from Lock Haven University, and a Master's Degree from East Stroudsburg Univ. in Mgmt. and Leadership / Sport Mgmt.
What was your job before you started fighting? Jr. and Sr. High School Spanish Teacher
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Div. I collegiate wrestler, Top 12 Finish in 2004
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt
Favorite grappling technique: G n P baby!
Favorite striking technique: Kicks and knees