"I'm coming off of three losses, he's coming off of two. Before this streak here, I've never had a back-to-back loss. I've always bounced back from defeats. Going back for a title shot is definitely something I want. Once I no longer want to be a champion, why fight? Why bother? He has the best knees in any division. I can read the writing. I have to make sure that I come out on top."
"That means one of us is gonna get fired and it's my job not to make it me. Always you have to reassess your situation. A loss just means you have to reassess it more. There's a million things I could have done that I should have done. I've been working on it extensively. Rest assured that UFC gold is still in the back of my head. But first things first, we have to get through this fight, get that 'W.'"
Remember, too, that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 169 card this Saturday night, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims," which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1-televised under card bouts at 8 p.m. ET and then main card PPV action, which is slated to begin at 10 p.m. ET.
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