WEC and UFC standout Scott Jorgensen has seen both the highs and lows of MMA in the last 10 years.
From a title shot against Dominick Cruz to determine UFC's first bantamweight champion, to losing four out of his last five (including one finish he calls "bullshit"), Jorgensen takes it all in stride and remains as determined and focused as ever.
"Young Guns" will put that inner strength to the test at "Grapple at the Garden" this Sunday at noon ET on PPV and GFL.tv. In the battle of Team Renzo Gracie vs. Team Joe Warren, Jorgensen gets one of the most important match-ups of the card by going head-to-head with Joe Warren himself.
Jorgensen vows to put friendship aside and put Warren on the mat.
"I want to compete against the best no matter what I do, man. Doesn't matter if it's video games, wrestling matches, jiu-jitsu fighting, anything, man. I want to compete against the best. Joe Warren is going to get ran through like he's my 13 year old training partner."
It's not a grudge match for Jorgensen as much as it's a rivalry between friends to see who will have bragging rights after Sunday.
"In all seriousness, Joe and I are very good friends. We've been training partners for six years now. He was the best man at my wedding, our families are very close. It's no different than the fight with Urijah (Faber). I'm going in there to compete (and) I'm going in there to win. Doesn't matter who's standing across from me."
Jorgensen takes this grappling match Sunday as the first step in a career renaissance, one which he believes should include a rematch with Jussier Formiga, which much like a recent Faber fight ended via submission following an unintentional foul.
Jorgensen offered MMAmania.com his thoughts on the Faber eye poke.
"Things just happen so fast in there. If he did it to me I wouldn't blame him. I don't blame him for finishing the way he did, either. I mean in the heat of the moment, we're not out there to poke eyes, I really don't think anybody's out there to poke somebody's eye just to get one up on our opponents."
It's a fair-minded view of the outcome at UFC 181, but even if he accepts a "shit happens" philosophy in the cage, he still believes that a rematch with Formiga is the only way to settle his beef.
"I've singled one person out in my career and that's Formiga. I want my rematch. He got a 'W' over some bullshit and I want to fight him again. I want to knock him out. That's the only guy."
Jorgensen also believes if he got a second crack at former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, the outcome would be completely different from their last fight.
"Back then I was a very straightforward fighter. Dominick was moving and making me chase him and frustration set in. Midway through the second round I literally wanted to go 'Just let me put my right hand on him one solid time and I'll put him to sleep.' If I could fight him today, tomorrow, next week I'd do it in a heartbeat. I don't have to go out there and get in a dogfight. I can pick my shots and be a little more patient and finish it when it comes."
The complete audio of our 22-minute interview with Jorgensen is below, including his thoughts on the recently announced class-action lawsuit against Zuffa/UFC. You can see "Grapple at the Garden" this Sunday on PPV at noon ET (check your local listings) and on iPPV through GFL.tv.