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TRAINING: I wake up around 7am and go to work. During my lunch I do my cardio/ weight training. I get off around 4pm, eat, then head to the gym, where I spend most of my night. Then I go home, eat, sleep and do it again.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training after I returned home from the war. In my younger days I was a real turd and got into a bunch of street altercations, which eventually led me to AMC and MMA.
What ranks and titles have you held? As an amateur I was the Genesis Muay Thai Champion, 170lb MMA champion and the super fight champion.
Do you have any heroes? Man, I got a bunch of heroes, from Nelson Mandela, Che, to Fedor, Wanderlei Silva, and more.
What does it mean for you to fight in STRIKEFORCE? It means everything to me right now, it is my life. I have been working towards getting here ever since I started MMA. It's taken a lot of blood, sweat, stress and sacrifice to get here. I 'm very glad all the work has paid off. However, I don't want to blow this opportunity, so I'm working hard to stay here and climb the ladder.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Shoreline Community College and got an AA degree in Criminal Justice.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was in the Marine Corps reserve out of high school. At this time I also worked at Papa Murphy's, GNC, I did roofing for a bit, then personal training. Then about five yrs ago I started working at a foster home with autistic children and have been doing that ever since.
Favorite grappling technique: Favorite grappling move is the one I grab in practice all the time, which is the flying arm bar from the clinch.
Favorite Striking technique: Favorite strike would be the high nine to the face. AKA "The Cro Cop"
What do you consider to be the key fight in your career, and why? Honestly I would have to say beating David Douglas was the biggest key moment so far. It was my biggest win in Strikeforce and kind of put me on the 155 board.