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Joe Stevenson & Javier Vazquez
Training: 3x per week (at least) training with Erik Paulson at CSW. That is where I do my technical work and sparring. On my sparring days I also swim or do cardio. I also do my physical conditioning 3x per week. On my conditioning days I will work pads and drilling.
When and why did you start training for fighting? After wrestling in college I fell in love with Jiu Jitsu. I competed and won just about every tournament I entered. From Jiu Jitsu I transitioned to no-gi Grappling and then I started fighting Open-Hand-Style MMA fighting. One thing led to another and I started fighting professionally in closed fist MMA. That was back in 1999 when the sport was almost completely dead.
What ranks and titles have you held? Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under the Carlson Gracie Team, King of the Cage Champion, and Gladiator Challenge Champion.
Do you have any heroes? I think my mom is my biggest hero. She is a ridiculously strong woman that has stood by me my whole life and I love her very much.
What is your favorite technique? Whatever makes them tap.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes Associate of Arts Degree
What was your job before you started fighting? I used to stock shelves in a supermarket.