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I was born in Sacramento, CA with a rare cardiac congenital condition called Vascular Ring, which led to surgery at one year old. I faced other respiratory issues and had multiple surgeries early on in life. At the age of two, both of my parents got arrested and I grew up in what most people call a dysfunctional family environment. My mom got out of prison after a few years but my dad ended up serving over 20. My mom ended up turning her life around and let me see that no matter where you are at in life you can accomplish amazing things. I built a relationship with my father once he got out because I figured it would be better to get to know him while it was still possible.

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CHICAGO,IL - OCTOBER 25: Sean Sherk (black/grey shorts) def. Tyson Griffin (white shorts) - Unanimous Decision during the UFC 90 at Allstate Arena on October 25,2008 in Chicago,Illinois. (Photo by: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

I found a passion for sports early in life and played every sport that I could. I learned that I wanted to live a life that left a positive legacy so I focused on school and sports to the best of my ability. Sports gave me the awareness of what I was truly capable of. Through hard work, dedication and sacrifice anything was possible.

I attended Albany High School where I competed in sports such as baseball, football, and wrestling which led me to being one of Contra Costa Counties top 100 prep athletes in 2002.

I found a passion for sports early in life and played every sport that I could. I learned that I wanted to live a life that left a positive legacy so I focused on school and sports to the best of my ability. Sports gave me the awareness of what I was truly capable of. Through hard work, dedication and sacrifice anything was possible.

I attended Albany High School where I competed in sports such as baseball, football, and wrestling which led me to being one of Contra Costa Counties top 100 prep athletes in 2002.

I had my first professional fight in 2004 and became an MMA World Champion for Gladiator Challenge in 2005. I then fought for the UFC from 2006 to 2011 and got inducted into my High School Hall of Fame in 2008. After 10 years of fighting professionally I got nerve damage in my neck and could no longer compete in MMA.

I stayed connected with martial arts by opening a martial arts gym, Performance Fitness & MMA, in 2014. I also coached Daniel Cormier for diet and weight cut to help him become the UFC Light Heavyweight World Champion in 2015. After taking a holistic approach to healing I was able to compete in MMA again in 2018. I continue to coach MMA and have committed my life to being a holistic practitioner.

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