"Getting into the peak mindstate for a fight; it comes in a process for me. Wrap my hands, put my gloves on, you're starting to hear the music, feeling the fans, and then you're walking down. And they're putting vaseline on your face and they're checking you. You're saying bye to your coaches. You step in that door. I feel the canvas on my feet and I say, 'yeah, this is what I was born to do.' This is my dream, this is my life, this is my destiny. The I'm like alright, it's on. It's time. Come on. I'm letting it be known, I'm furious in there."
"I'm absolutely not scared to fight Diego Sanchez. I'm actually excited. My whole career I've been wanting to fight somebody that's a household name. Anybody that has watched any type of UFC knows who Diego Sanchez is. That's the type of guy I want to fight, that's the type of guy that's going to get me to the next level. ... I'm willing to do anything that I have to do to get what I want."
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 171 fight card on fight night, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 2-televised under card bouts at 8 p.m. ET and then main card PPV, which is slated to begin at 10 p.m. ET.
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