If you had the choice who would you like to fight.
It doesn’t make a difference to me. Fighting is a business. You are either fighting for a title fight in an organization or you’re not. If you’re not, you have to see who is going to be the best person to fight to help your career. Without an organization, it doesn’t make a difference to me. I don’t have a wish list.
What is your career highlight so far?
I overheard my oldest son talking to his friend. He was talking to him about fighters. The highlight was him bragging about me to his friend. Kids usually look at their dads as dorks. He was talking about how cool I was. That was the biggest highlight!
Who were your heroes growing up?
Malcolm X, MLK, and Ghandi. My mom was a big pacifist and she would force this on me. I would also say Muhammad Ali. I watched all of his fights growing up and now on youtube. Also, my local Pastor. The work he had to do to build this from nothing. In my town, it wasn’t easy to do this. The neighborhood was lower middle class.
If you weren’t a MMA fighter what would you be?
Probably a felon to be honest. I’m basically a hustler. I’m constantly pitching and selling. That mentality puts you into bad places if you don’t have somewhere to put that energy. Some guys sell cars, some become entrepreneurs and start companies. I was real physical and I put this into wrestling, judo and then MMA. I never had a 9 to 5 job. I went with my own beat. This can put you in a bad place if you don’t have an outlet. I’ve done this through my 30’s.
What was your favorite subject in school?
History. My whole family was in the military. They say that if you don’t learn from your past it will repeat itself. I looked into this to see that these things do come back around. I was alive during the gas embargo in the 70’s. This was pre-OPEC. Lines were hours long to get gas for your car. I read books about historical things. My newest thing now is history of religion.
Who was the toughest fighter you have faced?
George St. Pierre early in his career and Matt Hughes in his prime.