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Training: A typical day of training is about 150 miles on the road, and 4 hours in the gym! I normally do strength and conditioning w/ my strength coach Don Messing in PA in the mornings, and sparring/ wrestling/ BJJ in the afternoons.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I had graduated college and was teaching high school Spanish. I needed to compete again, so with my collegiate wrestling base, I looked to MMA.
What ranks and titles have you held? NCAA DI Top Twelve Finish, Ring of Combat Tournament Champion, Valley Fight League Welterweight Champ, Season I Champion of Spike TV's "Pros vs. Joes"
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It is truly a dream come true. I vividly remember stating to my college friend three years ago, before I started fighting, "One day I will fight in the UFC."
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I have an undergrad degree in Secondary Ed./ Spanish from Lock Haven University, and a Master's Degree from East Stroudsburg Univ. in Mgmt. and Leadership / Sport Mgmt.
What was your job before you started fighting? Jr. and Sr. High School Spanish Teacher
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Div. I collegiate wrestler, Top 12 Finish in 2004
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt
Favorite grappling technique: G n P baby!
Favorite Striking technique: Kicks and knees