A:I grew up in a small town in Maine called Lincolnville. It is located right on the coast, about halfway up the state’s coastline. I now live with my wife Jade and three children in Pennsylvania. I spend a lot of time in Washington state training with Matt Hume and the rest of the guys at AMC.
Q:Tell us about your MMA journey...
A:It all started when my brother brought me to wrestling practice in second grade. I was wrestling with the 4th grade team. My brother got in trouble and I was forced to wait another year before I started on a different pee wee wrestling league. Wrestling came quite natural to me. I went on to win 4 high school state championships and got a scholarship to Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania. While on the wrestling team at LHU, I met Mike Ciesnolevicz and we started practicing submission grappling. We attended a few UFC's in Atlantic City and the thought entered my mind that it would be really cool to fight someday. We graduated college and Mike moved to Iowa to train with Pat Militech. I went on to find a 9-5 job to pay the bills. A couple years later Mike called me and said if I was interested he could get me a fight at a small show near his house in Iowa. I told him I had to ask my wife but I would let him know. For some reason Jade said yes. I don't know how or why she agreed, but she did. I was on my way to Iowa. That weekend I won two fights and realized what direction my life was heading. I went back to work on Monday, but I started training to fight. Mike started looking for a pro fight so I could make some money. I won my first 6 pro fights and got a call to fight Vlady Matushenko on 3 days notice. I thought I was ready, so I took the fight. I lost a decision but got the MMA worlds attention. My next fight was on 10 days notice in the UFC… and I won.
Q:Awesome. Where did you get the nickname "The Barbarian"?
A:I got the nickname "The Barbarian" because of my raw fighting style and my love for Arnold movies, (Conan being one of my favorites).
Q:What's your favourite move or set up for a finisher?
A:I like finishing fights with big punches.
Q:Who has been your greatest middleweight challenge?
A:My biggest challenge was Yushin Okami. He beat me up for two full rounds before I knocked him out in the third.
Q:How do you train for your fights?
A:I train year round but amp up my training as I get closer to a fight. Typically, a training camp for a specific fight lasts 8-12 weeks. I start my training at home, then finish camp at AMC in Kirkland, Washington. We train all aspects of fighting, and rely on being well conditioned for each fight. You have to be in great shape to fight hard for 15-25 minutes.
Q:What's your diet like?
A:My diet is very clean during training camp. I usually have to lose somewhere around 30 lbs over the course of a training camp. I eat tons of fresh vegetables, fruit and lean meats. It takes a lot of calories to fuel our training sessions, so there is a fine balance between losing fat and having enough fuel to get through workouts.
Q:What's next for you and your career?
A:I fight Luke Rockhold on April 26th, at UFC 172. This is the biggest fight I have had in my career. The winner of this fight is very close to getting a title shot. I want that opportunity and I am willing to do what it takes to get there. I am very excited for this fight.
Q:Can you give us all of your social media handles?
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Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com