photo 1 of 186
TRAINING: Team Practice in the morning followed by padwork and grappling in the evening. Wrestling practice several times a week.
When and why did you start training for fighting? Combat is my profession and fighting was a great way to maintain a combat mindset while preparing to lead Marines in war. I began training in May 2004 after completing the Marine Corps premier martial arts course in Quantico Virginia.
What ranks and titles have you held? Former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion
Do you have any heroes? My Marines that have died fighting for me: Lance Corporal James Brown, Lance Corporal William Koprince, Lance Corporal Rene Martinez, and Lance Corporal Douglas Champlin.
What is your favorite technique? Whatever technique I win with.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means the world to a fighter. This is by far the pinnacle of the sport, and an opportunity to perform on its biggest stage, so it’s awesome. It’s a lifetime achievement to come and not only fight in the UFC, but to compete in the UFC.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. I was a Combined AntiArmor Platoon Commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-06, and I was a company executive officer for India Company, 3d Battalion 2d Marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07.