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TRAINING: I am flying to Russia without my fiancé, setting up a training base in Krasnogourbinsk with only Steve Maze and Ricky Lundell to accompany me. I will be throwing heavy logs, chopping down trees, pulling an overloaded snow sleigh, jogging in heavy snow and treacherous icy conditions and climbing mountains.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started submission grappling for fun, and it has all snowballed from there. I began helping training partners train for their fights and wanted to give it a try.
Do you have any heroes? My Dad
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It will make explaining the type of fighting I do a lot easier. I no longer have to go into a big explanation of "Have you seen the UFC? I do that, but haven't fought there yet." I can just say, "I fight in the UFC".
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Wentworth in Boston, MA. Graduated with a Bachelor's in Computer Science
What was your job before you started fighting? I worked in Tech Support while a student.
Accomplishments in pro competition? A few titles in Combat Zone, World Fighting League and Mass Destruction.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu.
Favorite grappling technique: Heel Hook
Favorite striking technique: Left Hook