Well I’m 23 years old and turn 24 in a month. I grew up in Fox Chase in Northeast Philadelphia with my mom, dad, and 3 brothers; Jim, Ryan, and Brad. I also have a girlfriend Kristen, who I’ve been with for almost 3 years. I’m super lucky to have the support system I do between my family, friends and girlfriend. I think I started training when I was 16. I liked it but I didn’t love it – when I first started- we had class on Friday nights and I would always skip because I wanted to be out with my friends instead of training. After a while I started taking it more serious and I had a lot of people telling me that I had potential to be really good so that helped keep me focused. I really had no idea what I wanted to do after high school so fighting just made sense to stick with. I had my first fight as an amateur in the welterweight division when I was 19 and I went on to be 5-0. I became pro when I was 22 and I am now currently 5-0 as a professional. I am also a Jiu-jitsu brown belt and within the last year have been focusing more on my muay thai. Jiu-jitsu and MMA changed my life, I am the person I am today because of the path I choose to go with fighting. I am one of the few people that gets to wake up everyday and truly say they love what they do.
I really don’t ever stop training – its honestly all I ever wanna do (my girlfriend thinks im crazy because even my “rest days” always turn into some sort of physical activity that I drag her into) Its so fun to me and I enjoy it so much. When I’m not in actual fight camp though, I really love lifting. I don’t always get to lift how I want to when I’m trying to maintain a certain weight – so out of fight camp that’s something I definitely enjoy doing. But outside of all of that, when I’m not training, I’m usually with my girlfriend or my friends hanging out, drinking and eating, when I’m not cutting weight or in training camp.
A friend of mine, Drew, actually was training BJJ at Semper Fi, where I still train now. Me, my brother Brad and a few more of my friends went and checked it out and my parents signed me and my brother up for a year. After a while they all stopped training and I just stuck with it.
I still train where I started a few days a week at Semper Fi with my long time coach Julio Rasirio. I do all of my MMA training out of Renzo Gracie Philly with Daniel Gracie, that’s where I spend most of my time, and I do all of my stand up training at Rami Elite with Rami Ibrahim. I also do strength training at No Limit Gym with Sean Thompson and fight interval circuits twice a week with Rich Pohler. These guys keep me strong and make me the strong fighter I am each time I get into the cage.
The most difficult part is definitely the weight cut, especially the last two weeks before the fight. You’re eating so little and basically no carbs but still working your ass off and training so hard. It feels like you’re out of gas. Your body is so sore but you have to push through and work hard to get the job done. Besides that I love the process of pushing myself as hard as I can for 8 weeks.
I will be fighting in Philly December 17th at 2300 Arena
That’s a good question.. I can’t really think of any names but I would obviously want to fight someone in the top 15 in the welterweight division that would move me up in the ranks.
Eddie all the way! His wrestling will play a huge part in the fight. I personally think Eddie has a great gas tank and Connor on the other hand gets pretty tired. I think Eddie’s pressure will get Connor to fade in the later rounds where he will finish McGregor.