If you had the choice who would you like to fight?
I would like to fight Roy Nelson. We had a real close decision. I can’t walk in the airport, grocery store, or mall and not run into people who said that I beat him or at least gone to the 3rd round. The judges wouldn’t let it go to the 3rd round. This past season they let almost every fight go to the 3rd round. I would like a rematch and see how it would have ended up.
Describe a typical day in training.
It depends on which day. I wake up and do boxing and kickboxing at Grudge. At noon I go to my strength and conditioning coach. If I don’t do this, I would go to Red Rocks Amphitheater and run the stadium. In the evening I’d either go to wrestling practice or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practice. After that I’d be pretty worn out, eat and go to sleep.
What is your career highlight so far?
Tough question. Being on the Ultimate Fighter Season 10. It was a great experience. Because of this I moved to Denver to train with the Grudge Training Center. I met the coaches, Rashard Evans, and I work with some of the best fighters in the world.
Who were your heroes growing up?
I really liked Randy Couture. He’s been in the sport for a long time. I found the UFC when I was 13 years old. I also liked Fedor Emelianenko, the greatest heavyweight of all time. My grandpa was my other hero.
If you weren’t an MMA fighter, what would you be?
I’d be doing something with kids or high school students. I would like to be a mentor to them. I’ve been blessed with great men in my life that I look up to and that influenced me in a number of great ways. It would be at a church or a kids’ home to make a difference in kids’ life.
What was your favorite subject in school?
History, I like looking at where things were and where they are today. Now I’m getting into the history of mixed martial arts. I never knew that people fought like this in the 50’s and 60’s in Brazil. It’s cool to see where things originated from and where they are today.