"The long term goal is to keep on winning and hold onto the belt as long as I can. I've been working extensively on my stand up to make sure I keep on knocking people out. It's going to make for a great fight. I'm very excited to fight Ali Bagautinov just because it's fresh. I've fought Dodson, I've fought John Moraga, I fought Joseph (Benavidez) twice, I fought Ian McCall twice; so it's good to see a new face, a new challenge. Ali is a great fighter. He's had great success in the Octagon. I can't wait to mix it up with him and see what he can offer."
"I'm craving this fight. I'm eager to become a UFC champion. If I weren't confident, what's the point of fighting? I'm confident in my skills and victory is all I think about. My dream is to bring the belt to Russia and give it to my son."
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