TRAINING: AM Striking - PM strength/conditioning or AM wrestling/grappling - PM strength/cond. Fri. and Sat - sparring.
When and why did you start training for fighting? 16 years ago - to make money
What ranks and titles have you held? IFL light heavyweight champion
Do you have any heroes? No
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s the same as if I was a football player and got a chance to play in NFL.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Bachelors degree in physical education and health from University of Nevada, Reno
What was your job before you started fighting? Wrestling coach
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Soviet national wrestling champion, Belarus national champion, European Championship medalist, two-time national junior college wrestling champion at Lassen College