"I want to be one of the best heavyweights in UFC. And now I've got an easy fight. When my opponent is good, it motivates me to keep going. 2008 when I was holding my UFC belt I think was the best day of my life. We've gotta test ourselves. I've gotta be tough, I've gotta be strong. When two lions get inside the Octagon, and I know someone is going to step forward."
"Fighting Big Nog is... that's something as a heavyweight you're always wanting to fight. He's won the PRIDE championship, he's won the UFC chammpionship, and he's beat some of the best guys in the world. I think I can beat anybody in the world. Big Nog comes to fight. He's going to try to finish the fight. Someone's going to get knocked out or someone's going to get choked out."
Remember, too, that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 39 fight card on fight night, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. ET, right on through the main card -- also on Fight Pass -- which is slated to begin at 2 p.m. ET.
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