I’m hoping to share my journey with all of you. I have been told, I have a pretty interesting story..? I’m inclined to believe that. LOL! But don’t take my word for it, or their’s! -You be the judge..
I am a professional, Mixed Martial Artist (MMA) Fighter. I fight for an organization called Strikeforce which is owned by Zuffa Entertainment, otherwise known as UFC. I train at the best MMA gym in the world, American Kickboxing Academy (AKA).
If you haven’t noticed, I live in a world of nicknames & acronyms, similes & metaphors. You’ve been warned, so you might want tokeep a dictionary near by, Webster & Slang.
Okay, let me roll my sleeves up, get down to business, so you can get caught up on who I am & what makes me tic…
*Here’s the cliff note version; Motion picture to be released at a later date.
Throughout high school I was active in Football, Wrestling, and Track & Field. I did really well in most sports I played. As I ended my 9th grade year of High School, my Wrestling coach sat me down to talk about College. He said, “You’re good at these sports, however in wrestling, I think you could have a real chance to do something great”. I decided that wrestling would be the vehicle that would get me to and through college. I would later, as a senior, early signed to Georgia State University as a bluechip high school wrestler. GSU would however, drop their wrestling program after my first year. I then transferred to Lindenwood University. LU’s wrestling program had finished last in national competition the previous year. I then played a key role, along side head coach Joe Parisi, in building the program into National Champions three years later. I then continued into graduate school, and as an assistant Coach, helped Coach LU to a Runner-up national finish.
I then entered the work force. Having little luck finding anything that created such a fire inside. …Until getting involved with a group of guys doing Jiu-Jitsu and who wanted to fight in MMA. I ended up fighting before any of them and took home my first win. …That was it! I was hooked! Two more wins and six months later I would leave my job and take the plunge into MMA as my career.
I joined ‘USA Stars’ the premier martial arts gym in the Oklahoma City area. Without that gym and their support I might not be here now. They actually fundraised for me to later relocate. Collectively saying, “Get out of here…and go make us proud”.
I started off fighting as much as possible to build experience, a record, and to pay bills. A year later I found represented by Zinkin Entertainment and then relocated to San Jose, CA.
I’ve always felt like a professional athlete. Always dreamed of being in the NFL. Some where between “doing the right things” such as, getting a degree and a job my grandmother would be proud of (she is not a fan of MMA) … Here I am, a professional athlete. …and I have never been more happy!
Furthermore, I entered wrestling in the 1st grade after insisting to my parents to sign me up for karate. I was fascinated with movies like “Enter the Dragon” & “Snake Fist”. However there was no karate in Calumet, OK, a population 800 town. So they signed me up for little league wrestling. …It really feels like I’ve come full circle.
I hope this has given you an idea of where I have came from & who I am. Subscribe to my Blog & follow me on Twitter and stay in the know!