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TRAINING: I have at least two practices a day, varying between MMA-specific or discipline-specific sessions. We have a team practice every morning and I typically have individual practices in the afternoon.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I’ve always had a passion for fighting. I started wrestling in the 8th grade and have never stopped. I began training in MMA in 2003 after graduating from UC Davis.
What ranks and titles have you held? Former WEC Featherweight Champion, brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, TUF 15 coach
Do you have any heroes? My parents
What is your favorite technique? I like to try to invent new techniques. My favorite moves come from the moment.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s been a long time dream of mine. It's been a goal of mine from the start and I'm excited to finally get the opportunity.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was a student at UC Davis and began fighting professionally shortly after graduation. I also coached wrestling at UC Davis while beginning my MMA career.