Niagara Falls, New York USA
When and why did you start training for fighting?
I started to train in 2003 after I graduated from college.
Do you have any heroes?
My mother is my hero because she is such a strong person. I have never even seen her cry.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC?
The UFC is the top, and a great organization. I have been a big fan since my adolescent years when I use to take karate. I can remember like it was yesterday my best friend and I watching one of the events. We said one day we will be fighting in the UFC. So what is like to fight in the UFC? It’s a dream come true.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn?
Michigan State University, Psychology 2003.
What was your job before you started fighting?
I worked at a hospital in Lansing doing security. Next to this job it was my favorite job. You learn a lot about life working in a hospital, the lessons I learned in the hospital you can't learn many places.
Accomplishments in amateur competition?
Junior College National Champion for Niagara Community College. All-American wrestler.
Accomplishments in pro competition?
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, TUF 2 heavyweight winner, TUF 10 coach