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TRAINING: Squad training with Alliance MMA, whether it be BJJ, Wrestling, Sparring in the AM. Then in the evening it's training with coaches Eric del Fierro, Adrian Melendrez, Doug Balzarini in boxing, Thai boxing, or strength & conditioning
Thoughts on opponent, Cub Swanson? Cub is a good, well rounded fighter. He likes to box at range and he moves well on his feet. He is coming off a knockout win over Roop so he will be confident in his standup game as well.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I have been competing in Martial Arts from a young age, starting with Taekwondo and Judo. My Mam took me along to a class when I was a child as a way to channel my energy. I started doing MMA when I was 17 after watching the early UFC shows.
What ranks and titles have you held? The Ultimate Fighter season nine lightweight winner. Total Combat International Lightweight Champ, Strike and Submit British Lightweight Champ and Ultimate Force British Lightweight Champ.
Do you have any heroes? My hero is Randy Couture, he is a legend in the sport.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in the UFC is a dream come true. It has taken a lot of hard work and determination to get here and it means the world to me.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Carilion Craft Training to become a bricklayer.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was a bricklayer working on construction sites from leaving school until I made the decision to turn pro.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I held the Total Combat British Semi Pro Title.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Total Combat International Lightweight Champ, Strike and Submit British Lightweight Champ and Ultimate Force British Lightweight Champ
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Black Belt in Taekwondo and Brown Belt in Judo.
Favorite grappling technique: Armbar
Favorite Striking technique: Big Left Hook, Right Hand