Rank: Black Belt
Academy: Tai Kai/Team Balance
Weight: 205 lbs (Fight Weight)
Why do you do train and how did you get started?
I compete in MMA to test just how far my potential really can go. I want to take my potential as an athlete, competitor, and combat artist to its absolute limit. I train in BJJ, not just to further my MMA abilities, but to exercise myself in a more flowing and cerebral form. I enjoy taking in the human chess game that BJJ becomes on the mats. My start in serious martial arts training and competition came through a desire to re-invent myself, to put myself in a position where I had no choice but to face a challenge head-on and couldn’t back away or take an easy route out.
Where do you see your Jiu Jitsu journey taking you?
I am shooting to enter the Bellator LHW Tournament in the near future, and from there to make a run for the title. Long after I’m done competing in MMA however, I will continue to pursue my black belt in BJJ and teaching certification in Muay Thai, and would love to resume competing in grappling tournaments, as I had only just begun entering those tournaments when I got large opportunities in MMA.
MMA Record 6-0 (1 NC)
|Win||7-1 (1)||Mark Griffin||Submission (armbar)||Bellator 123||5-Sep-14|
|Loss||6-1 (1)||Liam McGeary||KO (Punch)||Bellator 118||2-May-14|
|Win||6–0 (1)||Ryan McCurdy||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 107||8-Nov-13|
|NC||5–0 (1)||Jeff Nader||No contest||Bellator 98||7-Sep-13|
|Win||5–0||Brent Dillingham||Submission (armbar)||Bellator 93||21-Mar-13|
|Win||4–0||Matt Uhde||Submission (armbar)||Bellator 81||16-Nov-12|
|Win||3–0||Matt van Buren||Submission (triangle choke)||Bellator 73||24-Aug-12|
|Win||2–0||Eddie Hardison||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MF - Matrix Fights 6||13-Jul-12|
|Win||1–0||Steve Skrzat||TKO (doctor stoppage)||CES MMA - Cage of Horrors||22-Oct-10|
Naga No Gi - 1st Place
Naga Gi - 1st Place
Bellator 123 - September 5th