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It’s about legacy, it’s about moments, it’s about being an icon – I’ll do what I do and the money will flow.
I make moves on my terms.
That’s the beauty of this sport. We’re trying to get to the same place, maybe, but we’re on different paths.
There’s no one like me. No one.
Uriah Hall, you ever play that game Tekken where you just button bash? I always think that’s what he looks like. He’s just button bashing and hoping something cool will come out of it.
I’m the runt of my people.
Your parents and people close to you, whenever you want to do something or you want to follow a dream, they’ll try and stop you. It’s not out of their hating, it’s just protection. They want to try and preserve you. Like ‘oh what If he fails?’ From the culture we’re from, they want to protect you.
They say to never underestimate anyone, but they don’t tell you to overestimate people either, so I’m just going to do me.
I just want to fight and be remembered as the best, who fought everyone and beat them. Then the money, the numbers, the records, they all chase me.
Kiwis, we love a good one out. We love a good fight. This is part of the culture. Straight up. We’re a country of a warrior race, the Maori.
I want to fight the guys that are ranked above me, even though I don’t care about rankings because they’re just opinions anyway. Even if a guy is below me and wants to fight, I’ll take the fight if it makes sense.
I’m like the only Kiwi that can fly, I’m the one with the biggest wing.
I can’t force a guy to fight.
I’ve done it in kickboxing, I’ve done it in boxing. After you clean out a division, you move up in weight.
In 2013, I went through a really great depression.
I’m very coachable, I listen. I have these ears and they’re big for a reason.
All that matters is how you see yourself.
There are a lot of sports that New Zealand does very well but MMA is a truly global sport and it’s practiced in the farthest reaches of this earth.
Coming up in this country, I’ve seen it so many times. When you see somebody rising you want to tear them down because you feel inadequate and you want to call it humble.
I’d rather be very well prepared before I move to heavyweight or light heavyweight. That’s according to my own schedule – no one else’s.
I don’t really take punishment from fights; the punishment is from the training, from my teammates.
The wrestling begins before you even engage in the clinch, I’ve said this already. This is one thing people don’t know, wrestling begins on the feet with the stand up.
I’m smart about the way I move. I’m smart about the way I conduct myself outside the Octagon, like who I associate myself with.
I know who I am.
I was an oddball in kickboxing because of my style. I’m different. I’m fleet-footed and I understand how to move and work the system.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a beautiful thing.
I’ve fought injured so many times for so many years.
I’ve got Africa stamped on my chest, and I’ve outlined Nigeria because that’s my bloodline.
I get really aggravated if I don’t train, if I don’t let that testosterone out.
I’m not going to say I’m perfect. I never have.
I have to plot my path to greatness.
When I’m having fun, I’m the best in the world.
I know what I bring to the table, I know my work. That’s why I’m able to push for what I want.
I fought probably 23 or 24 times when I was over in China, in a year.
Look at rugby, the national sport, you have guys weighing 130kg, 140kg, who can run like sprinters full clip into each other causing brain damage constantly on that field.
I’ve been a heavyweight in boxing, in kickboxing. I’ll do it in again in MMA.
You won’t see me on TMZ shaving my hair and yelling at the camera guy.
I’m not stupid. After you just punch me, I’m not gonna be like, ‘Alright, let me do that again.’
A lot of people say they don’t care about the belt, but that’s not true. For me, when I say it, I really mean that.
I’ve learned how to be famous and a lot of people don’t prepare for it and it’s something that can change life for the better or for the worst.
Even in my first year in the UFC I fought five times in the year.
I never, ever deviate from my plans.
If I ever feel like I need to see someone to help me adjust to whatever life situation I’m seeing, I’ll go. You’re sick. When you’re physically ill, you go to the doctor. It’s the same thing about your mental. If you feel you’re starting to get sick, you go see someone who can help you.
Fighting is worldwide. Fighting is fighting, everyone understands what it is.
In boxing, you’ve got CTE from head trauma constantly.
I’m real petty. I remember everything like an elephant.
I had to work to where I’m at. I was not an athlete in school.
My least favorite thing or my pet peeve would be people who literally ignore the other people you’re with, or the situation, and they just dive right in and cut off the conversation.
Even when I was fighting in China I met some guys on the local circuit that we’re fighting, they didn’t enjoy it, they wanted to be musicians and do other things, but they’re just fighting because it pays the bills and they get money for it.
I do what I do for a job. This is fighting. This is a bloody sport. It’s not a nice sport.
I want to defend my belt against all the middleweights that are the biggest threats supposedly before I jump up in weight.
Aang hits the Avatar-state and he has this unlimited power. He enters into a flow state, you know, he’s in the zone. That’s how it feels for me sometimes when I’m fighting.
I’ve said this before, I would fight my grandmother if I had to. And she’s dead.
You’re never as good as they say you are, you’re never as bad as they say you are. That’s a quote I live by.
I’ve never had staph in my life. Knock on wood, I never will.
I tried so many times to fit in but I could never ever fit in. I was always like, an outcast.
I don’t focus on anyone but myself.
If people want to take the chance to watch, to see what I bring and try to use it to better themselves, yeah, OK. But I’m not one of these guys who’s going to try to be a role model and be an angel because I want to get a Nike sponsorship.
There are no limits, man.
Look at all the champs over time once they get the belt – they just fall off. I’m not one of those guys. The belt isn’t my ultimate prize, it just looks good with all my other gold, chains, and diamonds.