|RECORD:||12 - 4 - 0 (WIN - LOSS - DRAW)|
3 (T)KOS (25.00%)
5 SUBMISSIONS (41.67%)
4 DECISIONS (33.33%)
0 (T)KOS (.00%)
1 SUBMISSIONS (25.00%)
3 DECISIONS (75.00%)
Q & A
Who or what inspires you?
My coaches and the positive feedback I get when I go to practice. I get frustrated when I do things wrong and I’m hard on myself. The positive feedback from my coaches makes me feel accomplished.
What do you do in your spare time, when you’re not preparing for a fight?
I usually hang out with my family, nephew or a couple of friends to have a good time. I’m pretty laid back. I like watching movies, going out to eat, hanging out and relaxing.
If you were describing yourself as a fighter, what would you say?
Aggressive and fast paced.
What does it mean to you to be fighting for Bellator Fighting Championships?
It means everything! I worked towards this for a long time. To be on Bellator means that all my injuries and practices are paying off.
What are your thoughts on the Tournament Format?
I’m practicing every day to be prepared for whoever I fight.
What would it mean to you to become a Bellator World Champion?
That would be a legacy that I’m trying to achieve. It would mean everything and would be great to hold a title and defend it. It would let people know that you’re the best in the world.
In 3 years, where do you see yourself?
Still in Bellator and holding the Bellator title.
Which victory are you most proud of in your career?
I have to say my Shawn Jordan fight, because I’m a grappler and he is a wrestler. I had to work with a boxing champion since I wanted to score a KO with ground and pound, and 1:13 seconds into the fight it was over. I was shocked, and I felt I earned people’s respect
What is your message to aspiring fighters that dream of fighting on a big stage?
Just don’t give up and always give everything you have. You don’t know who’s out there watching.
What’s the one thing you are most proud of that you’ve accomplished so far in your life?
That I kept going to practice. I’m blessed that I practice four to five times a week with great wrestlers. Getting up, going to practice and staying healthy.
How did you get into fighting and when/where was your very first pro fight?
I used to compete for the Strongest Man competitions while MMA was blowing up in Oklahoma, so I decided to try it out. I got invited to fight professionally shortly after. My first fight was in March 2006 where I trained for almost a year. I TKO’d the guy in 30 seconds and realized that MMA was what I wanted to do.
In a perfect scenario, what would be your favorite way to end a fight?
KO, to put them to sleep.
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