Clearly this guy is no Joker. At least the Orange County Sheriff's didn't think so when they surrounded his SUV in July 2009 after the fighter had a dispute with his wife. It all ended peacefully, however, with Mike taken into custody for "observation." But in all seriousness, fighting at a fit and ready 170 pounds, Mike is a former King of the Cage welterweight title holder who was raised in Irvine, CA. Mike is known as a great friend and colleague to all when he works out at Joker's Wild Fighting Academy.
He graduated from Woodbridge High School and went to Orange Coast College to further his studies. While pursuing his dream of playing professional baseball he stumbled upon mixed martial arts and instantly fell in love with the sport. He began studying Muay Thai and Kickboxing soon thereafter. Mike noticed realized that the path to success in MMA would require learning the basics, so he started taking classes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and wrestling.
Joker and his longtime friend, Jason Manly, just opened a new MMA gym in Orange County called "Gracie Fighter OC."