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Training: I’ve been training at Ricardo’s – doing boxing, and strength and conditioning at All-Star Sports Academy, and training at Rutgers and with Phil Nurse.
When and why did you start training for fighting? After I graduated from college in May of 2005. I always liked the sport. I have seen other people with a wrestling background do well, and I felt that I could succeed.
Accomplishments in amateur competition? Two-time State Place Winner for New Jersey, 2nd in H.S. Nationals in 2000, four-time Division I National Qualifier for Clarion University and College Freestyle All-American in 2004.
Accomplishments in pro competition? Reality Fighting 155lb Champion
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite grappling technique: Guillotine choke
Favorite striking technique: Right hand
Do you have any heroes? My dad and my high school wrestling coach, Mr. Reid. These two are the toughest people that I know, both mentally and physically.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It is great, considering that I only started fighting a year and a half ago, and there wasn't even a 155 weight class in the UFC at the time.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I have a BA in Political Science from Clarion University
What was your job before you started fighting? Plumber