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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 05: (R-L) Danny Castillo knocks down Michael Johnson with a punch during their lightweight fight at the UFC on FX event at Target Center on October 5, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TRAINING: Pro practice with Team Alpha male 3 days a week. Muay Thai training 2 days a week. Jiu-jitsu and submission grappling twice a week. Strength and Conditioning 3-4 days a week.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I was a two-time NAIA All-American wrestler. Fighting was just a natural progression for me.
What ranks and titles have you held? Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Fabio Prado, NAIA National runner up 2004.
Do you have any heroes? Diego Corrales and my mom.
What is your favorite technique? The one that wins the fight.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Being that the UFC is the Super bowl of MMA, it means that all my hard work has finally been recognized. I'm very excited for my future and the many opportunities that lie ahead.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I’m three units short of a degree in mass communications.
What was your job before you started fighting? Senior account executive with an internet based company in San Francisco.