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MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 15: T.J. Dillashaw weighs in during the UFC 158 weigh-in at Bell Centre on March 15, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TRAINING: My training hasn't changed very much for this fight. I've been in a nonstop camp since I've been at Team Alpha Male, getting better and helping my teammates get ready for their fights. A day of training consists of a lot of Ninja training with coach Duane Ludwig and some of the best grappling and wrestling matches with my talented team. I usually end most of my days of training with strength and conditioning with coach Amadeo Novella. So a day of training for me is tougher than any fight I plan on having.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training two years ago after I graduated college and my college wrestling career was over. I didn’t reach all my goals in wrestling and wasn’t done competing, so, being a well rounded athlete, I thought I could be good at fighting and I gave it a shot.
What ranks and titles have you held? None
Do you have any heroes? No
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s one step closer to what I have been working for in the last two years.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology- clinical exercise science from Cal State Fullerton
What was your job before you started fighting? Student
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 3x NCAA qualifier, Ranked 10th in nation (wrestling)