|From:||Bluefield, Virginia USA|
|Fights Out Of:||Dallas, Texas USA|
|Height:||5' 10" ( 177 cm )|
|Weight:||170 lb ( 77 kg )|
UFC Fight Night event at the TD Garden on January 18, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photos by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Jan 18, 2015
UFC Fight Boston weigh-in event at the Orpheum Theatre on January 17, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photos by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Jan 17, 2015
UFC Fight Night event inside Nilson Nelson Gymnasium on September 13, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Sep 13, 2014
Sep 12, 2014
TRAINING: Working in all aspects of MMA
When and why did you start training for fighting? My whole life I have been a competitor, and I have always been interested in martial arts. After high school football was over I felt that I had much more potential, and I wanted to get involved in a sport that was fresh and new. I began to pray about it, shortly after I was introduced to MMA, and I have been pursuing it ever since.
What ranks and titles have you held? None
Do you have any heroes? All the men that have paved the way for MMA to be where it is today.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in the UFC means all the hard work I have put in since day one has paid off, and the only other thing I can ask for more than this opportunity is to be the UFC champion.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Southwest Virginia Community College for 1 year.
What was your job before you started fighting? I have always had a job while I have been competing. I have worked for Food City in Bluefield, Virginia, and I’m currently working for Loanstar Title Loans in Dallas, TX as well as Title Boxing Club in Plano, TX.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Rough & Rowdy Brawl Champion, Golden Gloves Champion, State Line MMA Middleweight Champion, Absolute Cage Fighting Middleweight Champion
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I was voted TX MMA People’s Choice Pro MMA Fighter of the Year 2011
Favorite grappling technique: Rear Naked Choke
Favorite striking technique: Superman punch into the left head kick
• Pro since 2009
• Has won six of his last nine
• Two wins by KO, two by submission (2 RNC)