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My typical day:
9am - Shadowboxing
9:30 - Class at Jackson's
11 - Wrestling Private
5 - Mitts
6 - Grappling/Jiu-Jitsu
8 - Walking Isaac Vallie-Flagg's parents' dog, Rufus
When and why did you start training for fighting? For MMA fighting I began training in 2007. Before that I started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2003. I initially trained as an alternate for other fighters, but when most of the team dropped out for various reasons, my coach asked me to step in.
What ranks and titles have you held? I held the King of the Cage Welterweight Title for over a year.
Do you have any heroes? From a purely fighting standpoint I idolize Nick Diaz. He has made incredible advances as an athlete and martial artist since he began fighting. I hope to be able to evolve and grow that much, even if I never get to his level. My other hero would have to be Marcelo Garcia.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to St. John’s College in Santa Fe NM and Annapolis MD. I earned a Liberal Arts Degree in Western Literature and History of Philosophy.
What was your job before you started fighting? I’ve taught BJJ for a while, but before that I mostly worked at restaurants as a busboy or waiter.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I had no amateur MMA fights. But I’ve placed 1st in quite a few Grapplers Quests, and earned 2nd place in 2 divisions at Pan Ams as a purple belt.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu