TRAINING: Get off work from 24 hour shift at firehouse. Go to strength & conditioning / speed & agility training at Acceleration Indy in morning. Rest. Go to Muay Thai / boxing at Toplevelgym in the afternoon. Rest. Then go to either jiu-jitsu at American Top Team - Indianapolis or MMA practice at IndyPalMMA / Integrated Fighting Academy
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started fighting about a year after I finished college wrestling. I love to compete and was looking for a way to stay in shape.
What ranks and titles have you held? I've been Revolution Fight League champ in Louisville, KY. Also Naga, Chicago champion.
Do you have any heroes? Jesus and David. True warriors.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means everything. All the hard work, all the sacrifices I've made financially, physically, and with people I've cared deeply about, it all culminates with this opportunity I've been praying so hard for, to fight in the UFC and secure a future here.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes. I earned my 4 year bachelor's degree in ministry
What was your job before you started fighting? I was and still am a full time firefighter for Indianapolis Fire Department
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? NCAA Div III National Wrestling Championship qualifier after starting wrestling Senior year of HS
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Victories in M1, King of the Cage, and Strikeforce
Favorite grappling technique: rear naked choke
Favorite striking technique: Fist in Face