"My job is to win. I'm ready to fight for the belt. I think fighting that (Lyoto Machida) fight was a huge opportunity for me to showcase my skills again against a top guy in the world. I really was looking to redeem myself from my first loss against Rashad Evans. I don't get discouraged no matter who a guy is. I'll stand and trade with anybody. I'm looking to submit, I'm looking to finish the fight as soon as possible. I know I'm going to be the best in the world and that means beating everybody."
"It's my chance to show everybody that, hey, my being on a six-fight winning streak isn't a fluke. I feel like I've been in every weight class possible. Been at 170-pounds, tried 185-pounds, now I'm fighting at 205-pounds. I was just stubborn, I was so immature. I hadn't grew (sic) as a person, as a fighter. I did it to myself, I can't blame anybody but myself. I'm back now so I'm glad to be where I'm supposed to be. Since I left the UFC I've had a six fight win streak now. Every time I swing, every time I punch, everything that I do is 100-percent. When I fight, I actually do want to hurt the person as much as I can. He's a superior athlete, he's well rounded but I don't see him beating me in anything. I'm not worried about how good Phil can wrestle. This isn't a wrestling match, this is a fight. I'm not afraid to fight anybody, I don't care who you are. I don't ever plan on losing."
Remember, too, that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 172 fight card on fight night, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" online, which is 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 action on pay-per-view, which is slated to begin at 10 p.m. ET.
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