Let’s get right to it. You’re Canadian. How many beers does it take for you to get nice and tanked?
(laughing) I usually lose count. But I guess about 20 Canadian beers. About 24 of the American stuff.
Did you have any role models growing up?
You know, Sean Tompkins was a big role model for me. I met him when I was sixteen years old…still pretty young. I wasn’t making all the best decisions with where I was going and he really got me on a good path that has taken me to places that I never thought I could be.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Probably to save my money. Ya know, not spend it faster than I can make it.
What’s the best and worst thing about being a fi ghter?
The best thing is just the overall lifestyle. Traveling, the recognition people give you…the respect that you get. The worst thing is the days when you know you have to get up and train and you’re all sore and you just DO NOT want to go to the gym. Then you realize that you have to go train and you have to do it twice.
What’s the worst job you ever had?
Roofi ng. I was a laborer for a roofi ng company for about six months. The job went right into the cold Canadian winter. I was up on the roof with snow and ice…just freezing my fi ngers off…busting my back. Man, that was a pretty terrible job.
If you could have drinks with any person on earth, who ya drinking with?
That’s a tough one. There’s so many good looking women out there. (after a good two minutes of weighing the women of the world) I’m gonna go with Angelina Jolie.
It was a tough question man. I like it though.
Who are the top three guys in the sport right now regardless of weight class?
Fedor [Emelianenko], Anderson [Silva], and its pretty much a toss up between BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a fi ghter?
I don’t event want to think about it!
What fi ght are you most proud of?
I think the one that people have given me the most credit for, even though I didn’t win it, is the fi ght with Spencer [Fisher]. It was my toughest fi ght so far. I’d like to pick a fi ght that I won, but I think that fi ght is the one that got the most recognition and the one that people appreciated the most.
What’s your favorite movie of all time?
I always want to switch my answers around, but since you’re asking me today, I’ll say the new James Bond movie Casino Royale.
Wait, lacrosse in Canada?
Yeah man. Its not that big here as most of the people are into hockey, but I was never too good on skates, so I played lacrosse.
If you could change anything about MMA, what would it be?
The pay scale man, the money.
The brutally honest answer is always best. What was the last book you read?
Street Justice by Chuck Zito. Its actually Chuck Zito’s autobiography. It’s a great book man, you should pick it up.
And the FIGHT! fi nal two… What song do you rock out to when you’re alone that no man should ever be caught listening to?
Ahhhh, you want me to embarrass myself. You know I really like that Katie Perry song “I kissed a girl.” I jam out to that one, I’m gonna be honest. I crank that track.
And fi nally, Jessica Alba, Jessica Simpson, or Jessica Biel?
SS: Jessica Alba. Hands down.
FIGHT! note: Still no love for Tony Romo’s squeeze. Thanks Sam. We hope to throw back some of those Canadian brewskies with you sometime soon.