“Listen, of course I’m a competitor. I want to win each and every fight that I’m a part of. But when it’s said and done, when the referee stops the fight, you have to congratulate your opponent and you take it like a man. So it was unfortunate, as I’ve said, but I continued to fight. I’m a warrior. Chris Weidman pulled out with a bad rib. T.J. Dillashaw pulled out with a bad rib. I’ve been getting treatment on a bad rib for the last two weeks. Did the thought of ever pulling out of this fight ever cross my mind? Not once. No.”
“I mean, for some reason, I’ve fought so long in the UFC now — I’ve been a part of that roster for 10 years — but not all of the time do I perform to the best of my ability. The last fight against Rockhold, I wouldn’t say that was one of those fights. I actually think I won the first round. We clashed heads. He headbutted me, I think would be a more accurate description. It split my eye wide open, there was blood pouring into my eye, and after that all I could see was a lot of red going right into my eyes.
“He caught me with a head kick while I was trying to wipe blood out of my eyes — it’s one of those things, that’s how it goes in the fight game. So well done for him. But that was just unfortunate circumstances. This fight, I’ve got to prove to the world that I’m still one of the best and I’m as good as I think I am, I’m as good as my coaches think I am, and I’ve got to take what I do in the gym and bring that into the Octagon on fight night.”
“I don’t pull out of fights and I don’t puss out when somebody headbutts me. That’s just the way I am, for good or bad, rightly or wrongly. That’s just the way I am.”
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