What did you want to do for a living when you were growing up?
I wanted to be a hero when I was growing up (laughs). I’ve wanted to fight since I was 13 years old, renting VHS UFC events.
Did you fall in love with the sport right away?
Yes, I’ve loved it since I first saw it — I didn’t even have to try it out for myself (laughs).
Why have you been so successful so far?
I have a good work ethic. I work really hard on staying focused on my training and always learning how to perform better.
How excited are you to rebound after your last fight, a loss to CES MMA title challenger Kevin Croom?
I’m really just glad that I get to fight again. It’s been too long.
How’s it going to feel to have your hand raised next weekend?
It’s everything to me to win this fight; there’s nothing I want more right now than to win this fight.