"It's nerve racking. Sometimes you're like 'why am I doing this?' Then you hear that crowd roar, you step out there, and you're just in it. You feel the canvas on your feet and it all comes back, why you love it. I feel like if I put in a good performance against Woodley, like I know I'm going to, I'm going to get that title shot, and I'm going to get that belt around my waist. It's a great match-up. It's going to be an exciting fight. He's a very, very tough guy but I know that I have the abilities and the skills to take him out. I'm just passionate about what I do. I love to fight."
"It might not have been my destiny to fight Carlos Condit but I went out there and I made it my destiny. I said that Tyron 'The Chosen One' Woodley is here and I'm getting very close to realizing my dream. People didn't take me seriously and I had to keep proving it to them over and over again. You sleep on me and you're most likely going to do just that, be sleeping on the canvas. I'm confident it's my time. I'm explosive, I'm hungry, you know I have heavy hands, I have good wrestling; I'm really tailor made for this sport. I think he's going to see something way different than what he expects."
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