When you began training, did you fall in love with the sport right away?
Oh, definitely. I love the grind, the camaraderie — and, more than anything else, being in there and having your hand raised. I got addicted to that rush the first time I fought.
Through all the trials and tribulations you’ve undoubtedly faced, what is it that’s kept you in the sport?
I want to be No. 1. I don’t try things just to be second. Whatever I’m doing, I’m doing it to be the best. And I’m not done here; I’m not recognized as the best yet. I’ve established myself here in Alaska, and I’m ready to take that next step, fighting on national and international stages.
How will 7-0 feel?
It’ll feel great, man. That’s kind of a lucky number around here; three of my teammates were 7-0 when they got their call. You never know; I think it might be a lucky number around here (laughs)!
That being said, do you have anything to say to UFC President Dana White if he’s reading?
Just look out for me. He came here a year ago and, from a year ago to today, I’m a totally different fighter. Be on the lookout for me, give me a shot, and you won’t be disappointed.