After an accident that nearly took my life at the age of 19, I started training to keep me out of trouble. I called all over South Jersey looking for a mma gym. I found a local judo club and trained there for a couple months. While there, I was introduced to BJJ from a local blue belt who opened his own school shortly after. I was doing well competing in grappling tournaments and decided to try mma. I was the only fighter at the school at the time, so I started going to
Balance Studios and 302 Bjj to prepare for my first fight. I decided to train there for the remainder of my career and went on as an amateur to be 6-0 mma, 3-0 kickboxing, and 6-1 boxing in addition to placing in a bunch of grappling matches. I was supposed to have my pro debut against Chris Weidman and discovered I had a brain aneurysm. I would have never known if it wasn’t for fighting. After recovering from surgery I went on to win some local titles and got the call for the ultimate fighter show. After losing my second fight in the house I went back to regional scene and built my record to 15-3, which got me signed to Ufc. Unfortunately I lost 2 of my fights and was released. Throughout my whole career I worked as a union carpenter and never trained full time, it was more of a hobby then a job to me. I never expected fighting to take me as far as I went. I’m extremely happy with all the experiences and people I met along the way. Martial Arts has molded me into the man I am today and the sport is one of the best things to ever happen to me. I’m so thankful I found mixed martial arts.