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TRAINING: Grappling, striking, wrestling in the mornings. Conditioning and kettlebells in the afternoon. Drilling, gameplan, and technique in the evening.
Thoughts on opponent, Gray Maynard? Gray Maynard is the biggest and most decorated wrestler I've ever faced. He throws powerful knockout punches and has a very good top game. I'm looking forward to the challenge.
When and why did you start training for fighting? In March of 2004. I started by accident, fighting an exhibition bout on a small Midwest show. I was going to watch my brother fight Adrian Serrano, they announced an opening for a NHB fight, and I thought my wrestling background would carry me through the fight. It almost did until I gave up my back and you know how the rest of the story goes. Oh yeah, and training kept me out of the bars and taverns.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Wrestled for 2001 Junior College National Champs at Harper College
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Former Strikeforce LW Champion
2X XFO LW Champion, Xtreme Kage Kombat LW Champion, Combat-Do LW Champion
Favorite grappling technique: Rear naked choke
Favorite Striking technique: Any technique that will get me a KO.
Do you have any heroes? Dan Gable and Joey Gilbert
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It is an honor, but most important is winning and trying to attain the lightweight title.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Harper Junior College, and did not earn a degree.
What was your job before you started fighting? Union Carpenter, framer