How did you get in to the sport?
I used to box for my father but our relationship went bad because I choose football over boxing I had got forced by my football coach into wrestling which I found to love my wrestling coach suggested that I start mma I gave it a try and loved it.
What's your favorite strike/submission to use in a fight?
There are two different strikes I don't have a favorite submission due to the fact I'm a big guy there are not alot of submissions we can do love the upper cut because it generates so much power.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration by far is my family and fight team reasoning they both support me through thick and thin and my wife and kids for letting me sacrifice time with them and letting me train and my fight team for helping me train and conditioning
Which team are you training with in preparation for your next bout?
I'm training with my own team "PATHFINDERS" they have alot skill and raw talent my pastor that pushes me to the max and a couple of professional fighters at the "BIG DOG GYM" in port huron which I will not disclose there names upon their request.
What is your favorite aspect of MMA?
I love all aspects of mma but if I had to only choose one I'd say striking.
What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
I mean alot because I can show the world where I'm from and there's more to life then crime and builds a great fan base
What separates you from every other fighter?
Not really sure I guess I could say the love I have outside of the sport "PATHFINDERS" does alot of community service it's great feeling helping out.
If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be?
Jon Jones, he can take a lot of damage but give out a lot more I'd like to see how long I can take.
What do you want to be remembered for at the end of your career?
Being a leader, a person people looked up to, gave my all never gave up no matter what
Thus far what is your greatest accomplishment in the sport?
My very first lost I took it made me more humble and respect the sport alot more then I had
What is your nickname and how did you get it?
Formerly "The Monster" but I changed it to the "Alpha Omega" the name of the monster was too aggressive in my eyes so I had to give myself a more positive name.
How do you spend your time when you're not training for a fight?
Hanging out with my wife and kids doing community service and hanging with my teammates
Were your family and friends supportive when you decided to enter the world of mma?
The family and friends that I needed to be supportive were very supportive and I'm thankful for every single one of them.
Whats your gameplan for 2016?
To make myself and my team push yourself beyond the limits become an unstoppable force hopefully go pro possibly in MMA
If you could fight anyone outside of the MMA world who would it be?
I like to fight Conor McGregor because I hate how cocky he is and he seems like a big douche
What are some of your hobbies outside of the ring?
Watching TV sometimes playing video games when I have a chance but mostly training working on better ways to protect myself be a better fighter
Whats the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
Well I do have at least 3 Adele albums in my Spotify and I listen to them sometimes before a fight.
Do you dig any sports other than MMA?
I love a few other sports football, boxing, wrestling, and a couple more
Its 10 minutes before you're walking out to the fight, whats going through your head in that moment?
A sense of nervousness because I know that I'm about to go into a cage that is locked and going to all out war
How should a fighter adjust his thinking after a loss?
I feel that a fighter should take a loss as a learning experience something that you can motivate yourself to get better at depending on how you lost.
What role do visualization and positive reinforcement play in a fighter’s development?
It plays a lot it help to develop relationships through out of the sport it helps you gain sponsors because people love a person that is positive person
Are there any mental exercises a fighter or athlete can do to prep for competition?
That's depending on who's the person because sometimes people are just one hundred percent mentally ready but myself I do do things like I have a person punch me in the face 100 times just to give myself punch ready if you would say.
What’s been your best moment in the field?
Well I can say that it's a tie between helping my fighter obtained Championship belt and winning my own belts of course
What was your toughest moment?
Mostly the time that I keep from my family because I'm training is the toughest thing that I can say I have and weight cuts is not really fun at all either.
What makes a fighter’s mentality different than any other athlete?
Because we go in the cage or ring or wherever we're fighting and go all out into war with a person that we barely know and we actually have nothing against.
What is the best advice you could give someone trying to focus before a match?
Depending on how many fights to person has because there's different things you can say to people they can get them mentally or physically prepare to go to battle.
How does a fighter maximize his or her psychological approach to prepare for a fight?
Listening to the coaches listening to the people who help him or her getting mentally prepared for what's going to happen and make sure they go into the air with a positive attitude
How important is psychology for an athlete, especially a fighter?
It is very important especially for fighters
Who and when are you fighting next?
I'll be fighting Brett Martin 5-1 on January 5th in Grand Rapids michigan for the knockout promotions super heavy weight belt
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