"Coming off The Ultimate Fighter and getting into the UFC, I've always hovered around that top 10 status. I've fought pretty much every name in this sport. But for me, I feel like I'm just hitting my stride right now. Now's the time for me to start making that run from going from nine or 10 to, you know, five or six and then to number one contender and champion. In the next couple years, you're going to see that from me. I'm 30 years old and I feel better now than I've ever felt. I'm just getting into the point where I'm actually doing all the right things this past year or so and having all the right people around me. ... The fighter I am now would destroy the fighter I was three years ago. It's cliche but it's one fight at a time. I've got a tough fight in front of me but I want to knock him off and keep going."
"I've trained jiu-jitsu since I was 10 years old. When I was 14, I was alreaady a three-time state champ. In my last year in college, I met Minotauro. We trained together. I loved MMA, but I had never been given a chance to fight. I switched from studying to be a veterinarian to MMA. Two days after I won the Strikeforce belt I thought of UFC and the next step. I always think about the next step. I like to plan my goals. As soon as I achieved that goal, I planned another one: getting into UFC. ... I'm very happy with this chance that they're awarding me. Bader is a tough fighter. He's a well-rounded athlete. I really wanted to fight him. After him, I'll be among the best, the top 10 elite. I've believed in something since the start of my career: It's not about fighting, but how you fight; it's not about winning, but how you win. That's what separates me from others."
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 174 fight card on fight night (Sat., June 14, 2014), starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, right on through the FX-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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