How did you get into the sport?
I actually started watching mma back in 2006 then when I turned 19 I decided this is what I was going to do for a living and found a local mma gym to train at.
What's your favorite strike/submission to use in any fight?
I have a few favorites but I'll go ahead and throw one out there strike would be left jab over hand right combo and submission would have to be head arm choke.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My father he has been there for me threw thick and thin and has always supported me in what ive done threw out my life.
Which team are you training with in preparation for your next bout?
Ronin Training Center in Grandview, Ohio
What is your favorite aspect of MMA?
I would have to go with striking because in this sport people want to see a fight not a wrestling match but now 85 percent of fighter are wrestlers so you have to be and do great in all aspects 6. What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter? It means everything I had a rough childhood growing up and didnt get to play sports or anything besides summer league baseball one year and then ran track 2 years which was ok but back then wrestling and football is what I wanted to do in school so once I was of age and had already discovered mma ufc ect. I believed this could be something I could be great at and finally started my amateur career and now im on my way to the top
What separates you from every other fighter?
I have the drive to put in work and actually train instead of just wanting to fight and going out there and fighting. A great Muay Thai instructor told me everyone wants to fight and no one wants to train, training is always the key to success in this sport or in any sport. On top of all that I got one of the biggest hearts in the world and it would take alot to break me.
If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be?
Before Conor McGregor joined the UFC, my pick would have been Frankie Edgar.
What do you want to be remembered for at the end of your career?
Just a great fighter/champion that put on great fights and put it all on the line every time I fought and what an awesome guy I was inside and outside of the cage
Your nickname is? "The Midwest Assassin". How did you get your nickname?
My Kung Fu instructor back when I first started training any styles said it was a tradition for them to give their students their names and he took one look at me after a weeks training and said I looked like a "Midwest Assassin" so the name stuck ever since.
How do you spend your time when you're not training for a fight?
I enjoy it with my fiance and my children, Fishing, travel
Were your family and friends supportive when you decided to enter the world of mma?
Yes they were although im sure some thought I was crazy or couldnt do it but here I am now going on 6 years in mma.
Whats your gameplan for 2015?
Just to stay healthy and fighting looking forward to turning Pro soon just got to pick up a few more wins.
If you could fight anyone outside of the MMA world who would it be?
Lol well there is more than a few so just to throw a name out there it would have to be a guy named Zack Cook.
Do you dig any sports other than MMA?
Football, wrestling, muay thai and boxing
Its 10 minutes before you're walking out to the fight, whats going through your head in that moment?
Scared of disappointing everyone, all the ways I could win and lose, what am I doing here i could get killed out there ect. But in the end after the fight it wasnt nearly as bad as it seemed before the fight.
What was your toughest moment?
Losing a three round war in my second mma fight I was beating the guy all three rounds then at the end of the third round he caught me in an armband and broke my forearm.
What is the best advice you could give someone trying to focus before a match?
Stay calm breath remember everything you have been taught and go out there and give it your all win lose or draw
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