Trainer: Pat Miletich. MFS / Xtreme Couture
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started fighting in 2005... I got into MMA because one of my friends was training for a fight and I helped him get ready for it. Then I cornered him and instantly after the fight I wanted to give it a shot! About 3 weeks later I had my 1st amateur fight.
What ranks and titles have you held? I was the featherweight Titan Fighting Champion (smaller show in KC) And I've fought for IFL, Affliction, and Sengoku.
Do you have any heroes? My Dad is my biggest hero! After that I have a lot... just to name a few - Pat Miletich, Josh Neer, GSP, Anderson Silva, Michael Jordan, and the list goes on and on....
What is your favorite technique? Hmmm... I'd have to say ground n pound... nothin’ better than putting a good beatdown on someone!
What does it mean for you to fight in the WEC? It’s an honor to fight for the WEC... It’s the biggest show for 145ers and I feel thankful and blessed to be a part of it!
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Labette Community College and Missouri Valley College - where I received a BS in Exercise Science.
What was your job before you started fighting? I coached wrestling at Pratt Community College before I started training and fighting full-time.
What was your most challenging professional fight (against who, when, what was the outcome)? Same as most memorable fight just because I had to overcome so much and I was coming off of my 1st loss in MMA.
Did you compete in any other sport(s) at college or professional level (what sport, where, how long)? I wrestled in college for 4 years at Labette Community College and Missouri Valley College.
Who were your training partners for this fight? I did the 1st phase of my training in KC. I worked with Authentic Boxing, East KS wrestling club, KCBJJ, Michael Colfax and Derek Ripley
2nd phase of my training I did in Vegas with all the Xtreme Couture guys.
Did you put more emphasis towards a fighting style or adjust your training to prepare for your opponent (what did you do differently/why)? I pretty much trained the same way I always do, although, I did try to spar with taller guys and guys that are good on the ground to prepare for my opponent.
What, other than WINNING, are you using for motivation for the fight? I don't really need any extra motivation. But winning puts me closer to my ultimate goal of being a world champion so I guess that gives me a lil extra motivation!
What is your favorite thing about this sport? The competition! Being able to challenge myself, physically and mentally!
How long do you see yourself staying in this sport? Umm... not sure but I really don't want to be taking blows to the head when I'm 40!!!