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TRAINING: I try to get in two or three workouts a day - usually a rotation:
Strength and conditioning
Thoughts on opponent, Ben Saunders? Ben is a good fighter. He's tall and long, he is good on the ground, a good striker and has good Muay Thai. Pretty much a very well-rounded fighter.
When and why did you start training for fighting? When I was at EIU, Hughes was champ and he wrestled at EIU, so we would watch all of the UFCs. So I got interested in MMA at school but I really didn’t start until after I graduated. So I’ve been training about three years.
What ranks and titles have you held? Madtown Throwdown Champ
Do you have any heroes? My Dad.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I think it’s every fighter’s goal to get into the UFC, so to finally be here feels great.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Eastern Illinois University; a Bachelors Degree in Career and Technical Education
What was your job before you started fighting? I teach woods and drafting at Metamora Township High School
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Three-time NCAA Division I wrestling tournament qualifier.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Black belt in wrestling
Favorite grappling technique: I like to be in side control.
Favorite striking technique: Dirty boxing