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TRAINING: Practice with Coach Jackson and / or Winkeljohn, 2-3 times a day... a morning and night session plus one private a day, as well as strength and conditioning every night and swimming every Tuesday and Thursday with Sandia High School’s swim team.
Thoughts on opponent, Rashad Evans? It is one of my goals to be considered among the greats in UFC history. I feel it is my time and my destiny to be the light heavyweight champion in the UFC. Winning this fight, and defeating a fourth former champion in a row would keep me on pace to achieving that goal.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training MMA in 2007. I had an unexpected child in college and I needed to make some money.
What ranks and titles have you held? UFC light heavyweight champion, JUCO National Wrestling Champion, USKBA 205lb MMA Champion
Do you have any heroes? Anderson Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, Muhammad Ali
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It is a great opportunity for me at such a young age and being new to the sport of MMA. I am extremely excited to be a part of the UFC.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I attended Iowa Central and earned an associates degree.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? JUCO National Wrestling Champion, Greco Roman All-American, NYS Champion
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? USKBA 205lb Champion
Favorite grappling technique: Whatever taps the guy out.
Favorite Striking technique: What ever KO's him.