"It wasn't about GSP. GSP just had what I wanted. I wanted what he carried around to every press conference, I wanted what he carried to every fight. That's what I wanted. I actually talked to Dana, he called me and he was like, 'hey, GSP is retiring and you're going to fight Robbie Lawler for the belt in Dallas'. I'm one fight away from Bruce Buffer saying there's a new welterweight champion. I want to get it and I want to hold on to it as long as I can. I hated being ranked number two. I wanted to be number one because I want everybody to be coming after me."
"You got a guy who's been around for a long time, a guy who was supposed to be that never was but kept grinding and fought his way back up to the top. Now it's my time. This is the way it was supposed to be. Fighting for the championship in the UFC right now after everything I've been through is pretty special."
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