TRAINING: Training for this fight is very different from my last fight. I am still working full time at Best Buy, but I'm still managing to get in two workouts per day six days per week. I've been with a new personal trainer three days a week, Matt Miller with Horsepower Strength and Conditioning, who has helped me improve my power, explosiveness, and overall strength by huge amounts. I've been doing heated power yoga three times per week. I've also been training at several different gyms with many tough training partners five times per week.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in June of '09. I wrestled through school and some college, and needed a platform to compete afterward. It was a natural fit.
What ranks and titles have you held? I was the Brutaal Genesis regional featherweight champion as an amateur.
Do you have any heroes? Not really. I admire the humble fighters of the UFC, like Georges St-Pierre and Jonathan Brookins.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? How cliché can I be? It is a dream come true! I'm fighting for time. With a UFC contract, I don't have to work full-time. I can spend more time with the people I care about, doing things I want to do.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Minnesota State University-Moorhead, but left after my second year.
What was your job before you started fighting? I have worked retail for six years. I now work at Best Buy and was just promoted to Operations Supervisor.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I was the Brutaal Genesis featherweight champion, which is a regional title. I won ten amateur fights in a row with tough competition each time.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I won Submission of the Night for Warrior One MMA in Halifax. It was really a summary of my relaxed and unorthodox style.
Favorite grappling technique: Wrestling
Favorite Striking technique: Muay Thai