How did you get started and what made you decide to be an MMA fighter?
I got started at an early age with combat sports. My father was a Green Beret in the U.S. Army Special Forces so combat was something I grew up around and came natural to me. I come from a wrestling background.
What makes someone a fighter?
I think there are many things that define a fighter. Courage, dedication, honor, respect, and a constant drive to be the best. I believe that fighting is the purest form of human competition it is just you and your opponent. The person who put in the most work and was the most dedicated will walk out with the win. You have to have the mentality to always seek opponents of greater skill so you can truly grow to be the best.
How would you describe your fight style?
My style I would say is cerebral with channeled aggression. Set up my opponent and then unleash. I prefer to win by referee stoppage because it shows that I was so dominant the referee had to intervene.
What’s your favorite strike/submission to use in a fight?
I love kicks and anything to the liver.
What's your favorite thing about fighting?
The ability to test myself against the best. There is nothing like being able to prove that you put in the hard work.
If you could start your fight career over, what would you do differently?
I would have started striking at a much younger age. I was a wrestler through and through but have grown to appreciate being well rounded.
How do you feel about your upcoming fight?
I am very excited for the fight and to really see where my career will take me.
What holes do you see in your opponent’s game?
I have not seen my opponent so this will be interesting.
How do you think the fight is going to end?
I never go into a fight thinking I will loose the mind is a powerful thing. What it can believe you can achieve.
What are your goals in MMA?
To become a champion and bring the belt back to my school. I want to build a name that I can visit with Children’s hospitals and bring some joy to the kids. I also want to be the first fighter to win dancing with the stars. As well as lead by example for my Law Enforcement students.
If you could have one dream fight with any MMA fighter, who would it be?
I would love to fight Stipe Miocic. He is a fire fighter, I am a cop I think it would be fun and a great fight build up.
What do you like to do outside of MMA?
I am a full time Police Officer, a personal trainer with The International Sports Sciences Association, and a Fitness Nutrition Specialist. I am also the head Hand to Hand Combat and Tactical Handcuffing instructor for the College of the Mainland Police Academy as well as an assistant firearms instructor.
What is your life motto?
Imagine what you can achieve if you believe you can not fail.
Who has been the most inspirational person in your life and why?
I have had several. My mother, father, both of my grandfathers, Grand Master Al Garza, and a very close friend and fellow Officer Klynn Scales.
What is something people should know about you?
I very much enjoy learning and teaching the skills that God has blessed me with as well as working with kids.
Is there anyone you would like to thank (sponsors, family, gym, etc.)?
I want to first and foremost thank God for all the blessings he has put in my life. I want to thank my family for all their love and support, my gym Al Garza’s Premier Martial Arts and all my AGPMA family, my head coach Grandmaster Al Garza, my coaches and training partners Master Cody Garza, Armando Ortiz, Andre Kimble, Lincoln Hilton, Scott and Seth McFerren, Adrian, Randy Scott, Kevin Lieb, James Young, and Dave Patterson, Jacob Avery, and Sergio. Thank you!