Bellator MMA Fighter
What advice do you have for an aspiring MMA fighter?
It takes a lot of time and dedication. There are a lot of things that you need to learn. It takes a lot of discipline. Don't get frustrated. Take your time. Don't be in a rush to get your first fights. It takes time to develop your skills.
What is your career highlight so far?
I think I have a lot of career highlights for different reasons. Winning the Bellator tournament was a great experience and one of the toughest things I have done. Getting to compete overseas in Japan and Poland were amazing experiences.
If you had the choice, who would you like to fight?
I think I would like to fight either Urijah Faber or Kid Yamamoto. I have been watching them for a long time and have looked up to them.
Who were your heroes growing up?
I had a lot of heroes. Most were athletes. I used to really like baseball a lot - Orel Hershiser. In MMA, I look up to guys who are technically good and who present themselves well like Fedor Emelianenko, Georges St. Pierre, and Lyoto Machida.
What is your favorite part about being an MMA fighter?
The team comraderie with the guys I train with at the Philadelphia Fight Factor. It is like a family. We train and hang out together.
What would you be if you weren't an MMA fighter?
I would be involved in sports of some kind. I work at Drexel University now with strength and conditioning. If I weren't a fighter, I'd probably do something like this.
What was your favorite subject in school and why?Science has been my favorite thing. In particular how the body functions and how the systems work together. It is amazing.