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TRAINING: My typical day of training starts off with morning meditation followed by heavy bag rounds and cardio. In the evening I help teach the kids MMA classes at Ring Demon, after the kids class I take both the striking and grappling classes offered by coach Dahlberg. Forcing myself to do these classes has changed my style and technique a great deal over the last year.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I always had a pedigree for fighting. I was a high school state champion and a college All-American on the wrestling mats. I started training for fighting a few years after graduating Iowa State University (about three years ago). Originally I started grappling just to stay in shape but within a few months I was hooked, not on just the grappling but the entire game of MMA. At the time I was using my business degree and working a sales job but I missed the physicality of athletics.
What ranks and titles have you held? I currently hold two belts. I am the Legends Casino Heavyweight Champion and the Cagesport Light Heavyweight Champion.
Do you have any heroes? As a child I was a G.I. Joe junkie. Now that I’m a grown man I can appreciate and respect all those who serve in our armed forces. My heroes are the American Special Forces, from Green Beret to Navy Seals. I have always respected and admired those who put their lives on the line for our country. I can relate more closely to Special Forces units because they put in an extra effort and commitment to be the best at what they do.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? My first three years of MMA consisted of me getting my base education and the equivalent of my college degree. Fighting for the UFC is making it to the real world, nailing the interview and getting that dream job.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Iowa State University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing.
What was your job before you started fighting? I worked as an inside sales executive a corporation named House Values.
Favorite grappling technique: Guillotine choke
Favorite striking technique: Overhand right