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TRAINING: I train 2 times a day 6 days a week. My morning training sessions are based around strength and conditioning and technical work, whereas the evening practice is geared towards contact sparring, splitting the time between standup and grappling.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I was always involved in Martial Arts all my life and I made my professional MMA debut in the TKO organization in June of 2002. Before that I was very active on the professional and amateur Kickboxing/Muay Thai circuit and in the amateur grappling circuit.
What ranks and titles have you held? I'm currently the TKO World Super-Lightweight champion and a 7 time defending champion. I'm the ISKA Canadian Super Welterweight Kickboxing champion and the IKF North American Super Welterweight champion.
Do you have any heroes? Shawn Tompkins, Jens Pulver, and Wanderlei Silva are my heroes in MMA.
What is your favorite technique? I love all the techniques I use in a fight.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in the UFC really adds credibility to the 145lb weight division and it excites me to be a part of the biggest and most respected MMA promotion in the world. I am hungry to prove what the weight division adds to the UFC and counting the days until I get to step in the cage.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I completed my University degree in Business and Administration.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was a full time student.