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TRAINING: I train 3x 6 days a week. Mixture of Muay Thai, BJJ, Wrestling, and strength and conditioning.
Thoughts on opponent, Robert Whittaker? He is a talented kid, has some major holes in his game, but I don't overlook anyone.
When and why did you start training for fighting? Jan 2008. I came back from a Deployment to Iraq and took a fight as a challenge and won in the first round by TKO with no prior training other than Army Combatives training and being a lifelong wrestler.
What ranks and titles have you held? TUF 16 winner
Do you have any heroes? The men and women who I have fought side by side in Combat with will forever be my heroes.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC?
It is my God-birthed dream to be an Active Duty Army Leader and a UFC Fighter, in order to set the example for my subordinates to let them know you can serve your country and chase your dreams as an athlete at the same time!
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? None
What was your job before you started fighting? I am an Airborne Ranger Qualified Infantryman in the US Army for the past 7 years.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 7-1 in MMA as an amateur with seven first round finishes. Iowa State Greco-roman and Freestyle wrestling Champion
Favorite grappling technique: Gogoplata
Favorite Striking technique: spinning heel kick