"Training is invaluable. Whatever happens in that fight, what have a response, both defensively and offensively. I'm feeling really well. I'm 100-percent fine. I'll be better prepared than in my previous fight. ... My goal is to train hard and hold this title for a long time. I hope for 10 years as Aldo and I said so. I've gained this and I don't want to lose it."
"I've always known a title shot for me was on the horizon. As long as I keep performing the way I was performing than I was going to get a shot. ... You know, if it's a submission, if it's the knockout, no matter what, I'm going for it. Barao's a dangerous athlete. He comes in to finish fights but I don't want to overthink what he does. I gotta be ready for a five round war. I feel like I'm the better athlete, I've got better cardio, and I've gotta show that I gotta push the pace and get after it."
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 173 fight card on fight night, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are 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 PPV, which is slated to begin at 10 p.m. ET.
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