"205 is my weight division. I'm going to finish my career in this weight. It's just a perfect fit. It's where I belong; it's where I probably should have been fighting the whole time. I know that I've put in the work. I'm committed. I've got the mental, I've got the physical. You know, I really do, honestly, with every fiber of my being, I believe I can be the champion. He's won everything. He won in Pride, he's won in Strikeforce; Dan Henderson's been a model for everything I want to be in this sport. ... I'm excited to test myself against him, I really am. Initially, I didn't want to fight him because I kind of idolize the guy but you know what, man, once the ink dries on the bout agreement, you just put them in the cage and I'll beat them up."
"I've been a fan of his since he started and always root for him. The way he fights, the way he represents the sport, I think he's going to do great things in this sport. But I think he's going to do great things in this sport later after I beat him up. He's really explosive and he mixes it up really well. It's just a matter of defending those takedowns, defending those punches, and punching him in his face."
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