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Cain Velasquez

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Cain Velásquez is a Mexican-American professional wrestler and retired mixed martial artist. Widely known for being a two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, Cain candidly discusses his heartbreaking defeat in Mexico City, revealing emotions surrounding the outcome. He delves into the unyielding support of his dedicated fan base, shedding light on their unwavering allegiance. Beyond his athletic career, Cain offers insights into his personal life, providing glimpses into his family dynamics and his relentless quest for excellence beyond the confines of the octagon.
Show transcript
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I've always looked through my, my parents just watching them
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work day in and out.
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You know, the, I think one of the hardest job is working out
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in the fields and I felt like just from watching them work so
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hard that I've taken it into the stuff that I do as far as when
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I wrestled.
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And now when I, you know, when I fight Kane, thank you so much
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for being so gracious to invite us into your home tonight.
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I really, really appreciate it.
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I was at your, uh your last fight in Mexico City and the one thing
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that stands out in my mind as I look back at that fight, uh was
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actually something that happened afterwards.
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Um I remember the post fight, uh Octagon interview with Joe
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Rogan and, uh I'll never forget the first thing that came out
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of your mouth.
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Uh was in Spanish and you literally asked the crowd, you asked
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them for their forgiveness.
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You, you asked them to forgive you.
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You had dreamed of defending your title in, in Mexico.
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Um There was an obvious sense that you had let them down.
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You promised that it would serve as motivation.
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Um And you promised that you would win your next fight.
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So my question to you is why, why did you feel that you had to
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ask their forgiveness?
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And the second part to that question is how much of that motivation
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are you taking into UFC?
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1 96?
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I ask for forgiveness because um playing I wanted to win, I
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felt like being there in Mexico City.
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That, that was my home, coming home.
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That's one of the places that, that I wanted to fight and that's
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probably like my, my, my top place that, that, that I wanted
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to fight.
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So obviously, yeah, I wanna go in there, have a big welcome
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and obviously go out there and win.
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But hey, and this isn't a movie, you know, it's not always written
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that way.
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So and losing just, you know, the, the Mexican fans have been
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just, they're, they're diehards, they're loyal.
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They don't, if you go out and lose, they don't stab you behind
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your back.
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No, no, they, they stay behind you.
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You know, I see all that.
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You, you can see it now in this day and age as far as social media
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what people say constantly.
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And that's the, that's the feedback that I get from them.
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And that's the thing that um definitely motivates me always
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you know, that I have those type of fans that will always be
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behind me and that will, you know, never turn their backs on
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me.
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So I want to give them the best show and obviously in, in that
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is to go out there and win.
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And, um, just a relationship that I've had over the years of
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uh, first going down there to Mexico City, um, doing a bunch
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of media when the UFC wasn't really popular over there.
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When, um, sportscasters, you know, news anchors would ask
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when I would do interviews, they'd ask.
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Um, so the sport, what is it, is?
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Is it, it, uh, street fighting?
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There's no rules, it was that it was so, you know, cavemen like
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to them that I had, I was a guy that brought it down there, talk
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to them about what the rules entail what, um, you know, that
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this is a legitimate sport that it will get popular.
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And in the beginning they would call me, um, they would say
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Mexican American, you know, uh or Mexican parents from the
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US.
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They would refer to me as that, you know, which I was fine with
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you know, that's, that, that, that's who I am.
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Definitely over time winning and constantly going down there
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Um You know, meeting the people doing the same kind of interviews
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over time.
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I've gotten the, uh the praise of Mexican.
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They call, not Mexican American, not from, from Mexican parents
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American.
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No, they call me Mexican.
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So I felt like they've embraced me, you know, and I knew it was
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and all of it is because of winning, you have to go out there
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and win, you have to go out there and produce, you know, to get
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the fame and to get the, you know, the money and everything
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else.
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That's, that's, that's what you have to do.
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That's what we're here for is go out there and win and more.
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So for me being down in Mexico City was obviously to win in front
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of them and I can do that.
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But, you know, um I'm the type of guy to redeem myself going
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in the next one even harder and you know, turn things around
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So, absolutely, absolutely.
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There's a long legacy of extremely, extremely tough Mexican
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fighters.
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Uh Mexican fighters are known obviously for their grit.
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Um and that's, that's who you are in the ring.
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Do you feel that was also part of winning over the Mexican fan
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base to finally say, OK, he's not just Mexican American, he's
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one of us, he's Mexican.
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Definitely.
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Yeah, definitely having that, that style of, yeah, being
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a Mexican fighter, a guy that fights with a lot of heart is always
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going forward.
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Um A lot of punches, being thrown, a lot of action, always,
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um never born, you know, I never like watching those fights
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I've always loved when I was a kid watching, you know, the Mexican
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boxers fight and showing that they had that style, you know
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and I felt like when I wrestled in my, my, my young days when
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I was in college and everything else that I did have that style
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in wrestling and I knew it would translate over to fighting
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So, yeah, I think having that style for sure.
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You know, I think a lot of Mexicans do where they're not, not
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very flashy.
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It's, it's uh it's good technique, but again, you know, pressure
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a lot of pressure while going forward, you know, type of thing
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So.
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Right.
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Right.
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Very cool.
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You, you mentioned earlier about your, your fan base and how
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how loyal they are and they have been extremely, extremely
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loyal.
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I mean, I, I, I'd venture to guess you're, you're, you're one
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of the most admired and, and universally sort of loved, uh
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fighters, uh, in the game today.
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Yeah.
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You see that we're at a point where the fans are really, really
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sort of turned on by fighters who are showboats who got a big
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mouth who are, you know, extravagant.
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They are all over social media yet yet yet.
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You're the polar opposite of that.
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You're, you're the humble guy.
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You're the soft spoken guy.
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You're the guy who's, you know, tremendously gracious in
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defeat.
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Um How do you feel about where that aspect of the fight game
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is going?
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I don't feel like it's going one way or the other.
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I feel like that's just who people are, you know, for me.
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Yeah, I'm the type of guy who, who doesn't, um, doesn't talk
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a lot.
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I go out there and just do it, you know, um, in the fight and talking
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with my, my, my coach, even in the beginning, he says, hey,
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you know, we gotta get you to talk trash more to, to sell, you
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know, to sell the fight and everything else.
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I'm like, well, that's just not me, you know, I just don't do
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that.
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And over time it was, he started telling me I get it.
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You don't talk trash.
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So what you got to do is win people's hearts by fighting, fighting
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the way you do, you know, talking trash isn't your thing.
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You have to be a different way.
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A hard, it's a harder way.
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Yeah, but you can do it and you can, um, you know, get to praise
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the people that way.
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So it's always been a guy, yeah, who's, you know, this very
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soft spoken, um, you know, nothing needs to be said unless
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unless I, I really feel strongly about it about something
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So, um, yeah, I've had to prove it in other ways and, um, I think
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I think, you know, for guys that can go out and talk the trash
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and everything else, you know.
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Good, good for them.
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That's, that, that's who they are.
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That's just not how I am.
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But at the end of the day, the fans really, really admire the
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guy that brings sort of the lunch pail to work and leaves it
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all in the ring.
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No, I think everything else.
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Yeah, I think, um, yeah, you know, people now expect, you know
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they know, I don't talk trash.
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They know that they know that it won't be bad words between
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my, me and my opponent.
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But they know that in the fight it's gonna be a hell of a fight
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It's gonna be a fight with a lot of action.
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They know that even though beforehand it's not a, it's not
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a big show going on.
08:47
So going back to my earlier earlier comment, you do have a,
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a very extensive fan base and you have quite a few people, particularly
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young fight fans that really look up to you.
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Do you sort of feel a sense of responsibility in the way you
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sort of carry yourself and comport yourself based on that
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I don't, you know, I don't, I, um I just, I, I have always said
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I'm gonna be myself, you know, and this is who I am.
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You know, I'm a guy that is a family man and very humbled.
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I've always been, you know, humble in this way, I believe hard
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work, you know, with hard work, you can achieve anything and
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that's what I've always, you know, looked by.
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So I've never, I'm, I'm glad if, if somebody, you know, you
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know, kids out there can look up to me and as, as a good role,
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you know, role model, but I don't try to be a different person
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towards them, you know, I just, I, you know, I show them who
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who I am and that's it.
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And who is it that you look up to?
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I've always looked to my, my, my parents.
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Yeah.
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You know, um, growing up where I grew up and then just watching
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them work day in and out, you know, the, I think one of the hardest
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job is working out in the fields in, uh, Arizona, which is 100
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and 100 and 10 in the summer time, all day outside.
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Uh, my dad, uh, you know, pitch, pitch lettuce, a box of lettuce
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put them in the, uh, in semi trucks and he do this every day
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and never complained, went out there and that was just his
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his, his place to go out there and work with and provide, you
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know, so he's never really sat me down and said this is what
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you need to do as far as being a man.
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You know, you need to go out there and work hard and he's never
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really, he's never sat me down and said that, um, I've just
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always seen it and, you know, as you get older, you, you, uh
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you appreciate it more.
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So I have and I felt like just from watching them work so hard
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that I've definitely gotten that from them just by watching
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them.
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And I've taken it into the stuff that I do as far as when I wrestled
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and now when I, you know, when I fight.
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So and that example, setting that example is so much stronger
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than, than just telling you how a man should behave or how a
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man should carry himself.
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No, I think so.
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You know.
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Um for me, I don't know if he didn't tell me because he, if he
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saw, if he saw it maybe in me, you know, like, ok, he, you know
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he, he knows what, what needs to be done or whatever else.
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Um But then again, you know, if you feel like your son needs
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to be told, then that's something different, you know, maybe
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he saw something different in me that um that there was no need
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for him to tell me.
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But um if it's genetics or whatever it is, they definitely
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set a good example.
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So I'm definitely taking on to, to what I do now.
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So, so, yeah.
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Do you use that as motivation at all?
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Does there ever come a time when you know, these workouts,
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this, this, this, this line of work that you're in is a very
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difficult line of work?
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But do you ever sit back and say, well, OK, but you know what
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I come home and I live here and I'm raising my daughter in this
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beautiful community, you know.
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Do you ever use that to put your life in perspective?
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Their sacrifices?
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I don't, I don't um I know that, that, that they always have
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worked hard, you know, and I definitely do uh appreciate them
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for that.
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But I feel like I don't need any, any kind of type of motivation
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I feel like I'm, I'm motivated enough myself to go out there
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and, you know, do the hard work that needs to be done to achieve
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certain goals.
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So even on the hardest days when, if it's Groundhog Day is what
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we do every day is the same thing.
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Go in, kill your body pretty much, you know, and come back to
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rest for a little while and go back out there.
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You know, that's what we do day in and out and that's what I have
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to do.
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And that's what, you know, I have to do is the best of my ability
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I have to go out there train the hardest I can improve the most
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I can to go out there and win the fight.
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So, you know, you've accomplished so much already at such
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a young age.
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You're, you know, your two time world champ, you're the first
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Mexican American heavyweight champion in any combat sport
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Um, arguably the most sort of loved and admired UFC fighter
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by the majority of fans.
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What motivates you to keep going.
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I mean, at what point do you say I've accomplished enough already
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You're obviously not there.
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What keeps you fueled?
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I don't know what I'm gonna say.
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When is it enough?
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You know, maybe if it's, when I'm, you know, a little older
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and I feel like my body just isn't really, um, if it's not there
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anymore, if, if I've sort of lost a step, you know, that's definitely
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a time I think to step back and kinda, you know, look at where
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where, what I should do next or, you know, what I should do
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as far as, as far as fighting.
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Um, because I, I don't want to be one of those guys that earn
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it just for the paycheck and that, you know, have lost a step
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and just aren't at that top level anymore.
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And then I go to smaller shows and, you know, nothing against
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them for that.
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And that's what they wanna do.
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They know they, they, they love the sport.
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I just want to do at the highest level and that's it, you know
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And, um, I just feel like, yeah, I feel like I'm the best fighter
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out there and, you know, I have, I have to go out there and prove
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that, you know, I'm gonna keep proving it.
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So I can only imagine you must make a lot of sacrifices during
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during training camp while you're, while you're in it.
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What's the sort of guilty pleasure that you miss the most,
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um, you know, eating junk food?
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Definitely.
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Yeah.
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You know, um, yeah, training camp starts, you know, where
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the diet is on.
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You're seeing clean food.
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Um, but is there one thing in particular is like, you know,
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crispy creams?
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Is that the thing that does it for you.
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I mean, what is it that you wish you?
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I'm, I'm more of a savior guys.
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Uh, like Mexican food, like tacos and stuff like that.
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Um, Dan, the nutritionist team, he made, uh, these chicken
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healthy tacos.
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I was like, man, tacos, you know, it's like, oh, I can, I can
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make something.
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So, um, yeah, tortillas were, uh, um, brand tortillas and
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they're, uh, you know, the ingredients that go into that are
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very raw, you know, a nice clean chicken and a lot of veggies
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on top, you know, with, uh, avocado.
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So it was, yeah, very good, you know, something where, you
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know, I still get the same, you get the fix and you still stay
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within, it's still good for you.
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So I would say, yeah, just, you know, the, well, I mean, other
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stuff too, like drinking and I like to smoke cigars now and
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then.
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So, see, that would kill my training camp.
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You know, if I had to give up cigars, of course, I couldn't,
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I couldn't go two days without giving up a cigar.
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I was a cigar that I would, I probably smoke one every, like
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three months, four months, you know, just, um, yeah.
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Yeah, I don't do it that often and then, you know, drinking
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you know, a little wine here and now and then.
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So I don't, I don't go too crazy but, uh, hard stuff.
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No.
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No, I'm not there yet.
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Not there.
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No, maybe something to look forward to in retirement, maybe
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Right.
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Yeah.
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Yeah.
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Yeah.
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A daily scotch and a cigar.
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I'll show you, I'll show you sounds good.
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You know, I was talking to, um, to your wife Michelle and she
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says that when, when, you know, obviously the closer you get
16:49
to the fight, the more you kind of lock down and there were days
16:52
where she literally gets a couple of words out of you and that's
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it.
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You know, when you're, when you're there and you've been through
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it multiple times, what's the conversation going on in your
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head?
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Um I would say the worst part of it is, is the, uh the week of the
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fight.
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Um I'm just replaying the game plan, you know, it's like you're
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you're visualizing different scenarios going in your head
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you know, um whether it's you winning, you losing, you know
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or if, if, if he's getting better, what are you gonna do?
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You know, you're just playing all scenarios in your head,
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you guys a fight on the ground, you guys, you know, um you're
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in the worst position out there, you're in the best position
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out there.
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You're seeing different ways of, of you winning the fight
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whether it be some, some sort of pu some kicks and knee, um
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some flashy move, um a submission, you know, or just playing
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that hard fought fight that goes the whole length of a fight
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you know, but at the end your, your hand raised.
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I is, is raised.
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So, um, yeah, you just kinda started thinking of the fight
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Yeah, once the cage closes, what am I doing?
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You know, what am I, what am I gonna think?
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What am I gonna start to do first?
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What's my first move?
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What's my first step?
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Just all that stuff, you know, and what distance am I gonna
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take before I throw or before he throws?
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You know.
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So you just, yeah, just thinking all that odd stuff, just like
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you said earlier, by the time the fight comes around, it's
18:31
like you've done it a million times, you know, not only have
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you done it in the gym, but you've also visualized every imaginable
18:40
scenario, so to speak.
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Definitely.
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Yeah, you've done the game plan that you're supposed to do
18:45
out there in the fight with each training camp um with each
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sparring session, you know, um you know, what works and what
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doesn't and the stuff that you, that you really need to improve
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on before you go out, you know, you go out there and fight and
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then also, yeah, the, the uh the mental stuff, you know.
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Um So yeah, when you go out there, you've been there 100 times
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you know, 1000 times.
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But again, it's a thing of that's when it counts is that one
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moment, you know, you've done a lot in training, you've done
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a lot in your head.
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But this one night and this one match is when it all counts.
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So that's the most important because that's when you're supposed
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to perform, that's when you're, that's when you're supposed
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to, you're supposed to be at, um, at your best is there.
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Um, and I find watching other people fight, you know, um, that
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some guys can really put that in, you know, into that one night
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they can show their true self in that one night and some guys
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can't, that's what makes the guys who are the average fighters
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or the, the, the champions.
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You know, the guys that can go out there on that one night when
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it really counts when all the pressure is on you.
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But you have to go out there and perform and you go out there
19:59
and win and it is just one night.
20:01
It's not like it's not like the NFL, the NFL, you can go six and
20:05
four and still make the playoffs.
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It's, it's, it's everything geared towards and you need to
20:10
peak that night.
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You need to be your best that night.
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You need to, yeah, it's an amazing amount of amazing, amazing
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amount of pressure, whole training camp and you pretty much
20:19
tearing your body down the last week is when you kind of taper
20:22
back, let your body sort of recover.
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You kinda, you almost do less enough where you're, your, your
20:28
body is hungry, you know, you're, you're a, you, you wanna
20:31
do something, you know, you wanna go out there and perform
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and then to get to that one night where, yeah, you're at your
20:37
peak, you're ready.
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Um Yeah, it's, it's one night, it's, it's five rounds if it's
20:44
a championship fight, three rounds, if it's not, and it could
20:47
end to any one of those rounds you mentioned earlier.
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Part of the visualization process is also imagining sort
20:54
of the worst case scenario when stuff goes wrong when stuff
20:59
does go wrong and you're in that darkest of places in the ring
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where do you turn to restraint?
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Where do you find that motivation to continue fighting?
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It depends what scenario that you're in.
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Definitely, you know, because in any worst case situation
21:22
say a guy is, you know, mounted you and you know, he's just
21:25
running down punches, you know, there's certain stuff that
21:28
that we've practiced on and that we know what to do in any situation
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we know what to do.
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Um It all depends on what that scenario is definitely as far
21:37
as what to do.
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But I, I mean, it, I think of it as it's, it's life and death,
21:44
you know, go out.
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I mean, I wanna go out there and I'm gonna put everything I can
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into this one fight to beat him because I'm not gonna let this
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guy go in and take something that I've worked so hard for that
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I believe is mine.
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I'm not gonna have him take away from my family, you know, that's
22:01
how I think of it.
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So I'm gonna do everything I can to go out there and beat him
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Is it your family?
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That, that gives you the motivation again?
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It, uh, it, it doesn't, it's a thing of, for myself, you know
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I believe I'm the best out there and, you know, I believe that
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that belts mine.
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So I need to go out there and take it, you know, but I've, I've
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gone in those long fights before where I needed an extra push
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You know, what, what am I thinking about?
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I thought of was my family.
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Yeah, I'm like, I gotta do this for my family.
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You know, they go into the, the fourth or fifth round and I thought
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about that going in and obviously having to push, push myself
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even more.
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Um And that's the point I was referring to when, when, when
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your body is ready to shut down when there's no more gas in the
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tank and you gotta keep pushing.
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Um So the visual there is your family.
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It's been there once before.
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Yeah.
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Yeah, that, that's what I've, I've thought of um uh won my fight
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going out in the third round.
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I feel like I was in a faint, I stood up from a stool and I felt
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like, I mean, you, you know, I told myself you're gonna faint
23:18
but you're gonna keep going.
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So you can't, you can't go anymore, you know, and somehow I
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made it through the whole fight.
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I feel I had nothing left.
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I felt like, you know, my body was gonna break down and it just
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it just shows how strong the, the mind can be.
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You know, um, your mind can keep making you, do you do things
23:39
differently or, or, or it can keep your, your body performing
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um, at its highest when it feels like it has nothing.
23:47
You know, you again being mentally tough, being a guy that
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doesn't give up, you know, having that, that's when people
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talk about heart, you know, and just to keep going.
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Yeah.
23:59
So it's so much more than just a test of skill.
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It's also a test of, of grit and will, you know, it's not necessarily
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just the most skilled fighter who's gonna come out on top.
24:09
It's, it's, it's whoever's willing to sort of dig deeper snow
24:13
Yeah, you have to have, it's, it's having everything combined
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you know, you have to be definitely, you know, athletic,
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you know, you have to be powerful and, you know, in all situations
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have speed, have power, um, be a smart fighter, you know, it's
24:30
not just going out there and just throwing blows and, you know
24:32
exchanging 50 50 you know, that doesn't work, you know, so
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being smart, um, having all the physical stuff and the mental
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stuff also, when stuff gets hard, you know, it's the first
24:47
thing to break down is your mind and stuff gets hard, you know
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some people, ok, it's, they have the, have the most, you know
24:54
athletic ability in the world, you know, and when stuff gets
24:57
hard, people might just cower down to that, you know, where
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if they had that mentality that's super strong and they could
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keep going forward.
25:05
So, looking back for a moment at your first major purse in UFC
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your first big payday in UFC.
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What was the one stupid thing?
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You spent some money on stupid thing?
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I can't really say I bought some really stupid, um, you know
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because, uh, Michelle and I are, we're very close, you know
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so I'm not, I gotta go, I'll spend money and come back and,
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oh, I spent this.
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No, no, we, uh, both of us we talk about, you know, what we're
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gonna spend on and, you know, we, we try to be the type of people
25:50
that, that, that save, you know, and not spend stuff just because
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we, you know, we, we want it, you know, that stuff that, that
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we, we need.
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Yeah.
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And, um, just being on the same page, you know, not just go spend
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without anybody, you know, knowing and just try to stick by
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somebody.
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But, uh, yeah, I, I can't really think of anything that you
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didn't go out and get that diamond encrusted watch or that
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that, that you thought was gonna appreciate.
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Um, as far as cars, I mean, my first big payday um, I, I bought
26:22
a truck because I, I was using, uh, my parents' car ever since
26:27
I, I came down to San Jose.
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So a couple of fights into the UFC, my wife just said, hey, go
26:35
reach up a car, like do it, you know, she was tired of riding
26:39
Um, we had a, um, um, a Ford Crown Victoria and, you know, so
26:47
everybody thought you were a cop driving down the street.
26:48
Yeah.
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Yeah, the, the window is a little bit tinted.
26:50
So here here in California it's, uh, illegal.
26:53
But, um, yeah, people thought I was like, yeah, people thought
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I was a cop driving around to get out of your way.
26:59
Yeah.
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So had that for a while and, yeah, Michelle was like, hey, go
27:06
get yourself a truck or a car, whatever you, whatever you want
27:09
go, go do it.
27:10
So, and cars are a bit of a thing for you.
27:13
I understand.
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No, you have a passion for cars.
27:15
Talk to me about it.
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Yeah, just like, uh, like cars.
27:20
I, I can appreciate any type of car, you know, whether it's
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a European, you know, I love, I think my, my heart is more so
27:29
on the, on the, in the American, the American side of, uh, of
27:33
it.
27:33
But, um, whether it's a car, you know, to be flashy, whether
27:39
it's a, you know, a low rider, whether it's a car, you know,
27:42
to race, whether it's a pro touring car where you can put on
27:46
a track, but also you can daily drive it.
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Um, yeah, of course, I can appreciate all of it.
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I like all of it.
27:56
Very cool.
27:57
If you could have any car as a gift tomorrow, you wouldn't have
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to break the bank.
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Wouldn't cost you a dime wouldn't be a guilty pleasure.
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What would it be?
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Ok.
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So I have to go first because I, I already have my dream car.
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Um So I was uh I was a kid.
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Um I was watching the show, I think it was like my class of car
28:16
or something like that.
28:17
I think it's still running now.
28:18
Um So the guy, he had a uh 70 or 71 Torino, both the same body size
28:25
of four Torino.
28:27
I saw that car when they, uh when he was show, when, when he was
28:31
showing to the host and automatically just fell in love with
28:34
it like I've always like car, but then that's the first time
28:37
I fell in love with that body style, just the lines of it.
28:40
Um that it was a mid size car kind of like, uh you know, it was
28:44
kind of like velle um version, you know, of uh of uh a Ford, you
28:50
know, it's a mid-sized car, love the body lines, love, love
28:54
everything about it.
28:55
So a couple of years ago I finally went out and bought it, you
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know, bought one for me.
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I found online and bought it.
29:02
Um, it was pretty much all original played around with that
29:05
for a little while and now I'm building up to be a car which is
29:08
a car that I can race on the track.
29:11
But, uh, also I can, um, daily drive it.
29:15
So I would say I already have my dream car.
29:18
But again, go back to the question of somebody give me a gift
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tomorrow.
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Um, another car that I, that cars that I really fell in love
29:27
with have been Porsches.
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I like, I like it.
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I can appreciate any European carbon portions.
29:35
I love that they're meant to be driven and driven.
29:37
Art.
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They're functional.
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I love just the car.
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Be functional.
29:42
Beat the hell out of it and it just ask for more and it's reliable
29:47
I love that.
29:47
So that's what, that's what drawed me to uh to Porsches.
29:50
And um, I would get a singer 9 11.
29:57
So this company singer, um, out in L A, they, their goal was
30:03
to build the ultimate 9 11 building, put the best parts together
30:09
into one car.
30:10
So flight out the fenders a little bit, not too crazy, just
30:13
enough where they've massage, you know, the fenders and the
30:16
quarter pans where they're a little wider, you can feel a little
30:18
wide, wider tire, you know, on all four corners and having
30:24
all the luxuries of, you know, the ac stereo, um, really high
30:29
end interior.
30:31
But yeah, the ultimate you know, 9 11.
30:35
Very cool.
30:36
So, you're a Porsche guy as well as an American muscle car guy
30:39
Porsche guy.
30:40
More so for the European stuff, just like what they stand for
30:44
And, yeah, American cars, because a lot of American cars too
30:48
are, you know, not flashy per se, but more performance driven
30:53
And, uh, the Torino is a car that's bigger, so it's not ideal
30:58
for, it's not ideal as far as it's not gonna be the fastest car
31:02
out there.
31:02
It's big head of a car, but it's gonna perform, you know, but
31:09
I'm not going for, I mean, it's not a, a car that you look at,
31:13
it's gonna be a show car as far as big wheels or nothing like
31:17
that.
31:17
No, we found, I found I'm looking up research, found that eighteens
31:21
is, is the best as far as not being overly big wide wheels, you
31:29
know, so they can grip the road really nice and having adjustable
31:32
suspension all around.
31:34
Um, you know, half a roll cage, not the full but half where you
31:39
can get in and out still and, you know, you still still use the
31:42
back seat.
31:43
Um, and, uh, a six shift car where it's just fun to drive.
31:49
Sounds like auto racing may be a good follow up career for me
31:54
I've done, I've done some racing a little, maybe a little heavy
31:56
for the average car, but definitely, definitely.
31:59
Now I've done some races and I like it.
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But this, I think, um you know, with auto and do a little track
32:06
days, I mean, I could, I think with, you know, with this car
32:08
I can, I could, I could do it if I wanted to.
32:10
So it's a, it's a good option to have picture yourself years
32:14
from now.
32:15
And your daughter Quarl turns to you and says, you know what
32:18
that, I think I wanna follow your footsteps and get into the
32:21
fight game.
32:23
If that happens, what do you say, always believed in just having
32:29
that support for, for your family, for your kids, you know
32:33
whatever they wanna do, I'll definitely support them, you
32:36
know.
32:37
Um I don't think she has it in her.
32:40
She's so girly that I honestly think, I mean, I'll bet anybody
32:46
a million bucks that she will not end up doing that.
32:50
Uh, when she gets older, she's too much of a girly girl.
32:53
But if she would or she was or did she, she did want to then?
32:58
Yeah, I mean, I think having, you know, your parents, uh you
33:03
know, blessing and support is, is, is very important.
33:05
So I would, I would support her.
33:08
Definitely.
33:09
That's cool.
33:09
That's very generous.
33:10
That's a tough, that's a tough one.
33:12
As I was writing that question down, I'm thinking, man, I don't
33:14
know, I don't know.
33:16
Years down the line when you, when you, when you retire and
33:20
you're out of the fight game, how is it, you like to be remembered
33:25
as far as people, you know, when they hear my name or, you know
33:28
when they think of me as a fighter, I just want them.
33:33
I've always just wanted them just to be the type of the type
33:36
of people that, hey, every time Kane Velasquez fought, he
33:41
put it all out there, he fought a lot of heart.
33:44
It was never bored.
33:45
It was always exciting.
33:46
Um, Just that he had the Mexican style fighting.
33:51
As you look at UFC 1 96.
33:53
Would you consider that your, your biggest fight ever?
33:57
This next fight UFC 1 96?
34:00
Um, definitely is my, my, my biggest fight ever.
34:03
Um Every next fight is your biggest fight ever.
34:08
Um You know, and having something to prove, you know, getting
34:12
revenge.
34:13
I love getting revenge.
34:14
That's just love it.
34:16
So, in that proving something.
34:20
Um Yeah, it is.
34:23
It is.
34:23
And your, your next fight always is that it's always the, the
34:29
biggest thing, you know, and it has to be because you can't
34:33
go out there and, um, you know, um, not give your point of credit
34:38
you know, you can't go out there and say, oh, well, you know
34:41
this guy's not that tough or no, you can get beat at any moment
34:44
any time.
34:45
So you have to be ready.
34:46
You have to pretend like this guy, he's the best guy at everything
34:50
and that's what you have to have.
34:52
That's the top mentality that you have to have out there fighting
34:56
like this time during training camp, you kind of locked down
34:59
You get very serious about stuff.
35:01
When was the last, when was the last really good laugh you had
35:07
last really good laugh?
35:09
Um, I don't know, I can't really think it, you know, it's, I
35:14
I mean, I laugh today, you know, telling a story, you know
35:18
um about me and, uh my, my best friend, we were um he was here
35:24
had him over and then we were playing How to Go Seek with Cora
35:28
Michelle, you know, won't play how to Go Seek.
35:30
So we played all around the house.
35:31
So I take him to the entertainment system up there and I'm like
35:37
hey, get on top of that, I'll, I'll help you up, lay you down
35:41
and I'm pretty sure you can't see you if you lay down there.
35:45
But once he goes out there and lays down, it's like, it's like
35:49
this deep.
35:50
So you see his whole body and as I'm hearing Michelle count
35:54
and getting ready, you know, to, to come out, I turn to him,
35:58
I run out here, turn to him and say I can see you see abort, abort
36:03
and I run and obviously he can't get himself down.
36:07
He's yelling like cake and he just like he just lays down and
36:12
tries to, to just, you know, be quiet and, and hold himself
36:17
there.
36:17
And Michelle finds him like that, you could put a spotlight
36:23
on him.
36:23
It, yeah, pretty much.
36:24
It's like his whole body is lifted up.
36:26
You can see his whole body there, you know, and I just, I just
36:30
was like, sounds like a good idea.
36:32
It sounded good in the beginning.
36:34
But then once I saw him, I just said, hey, I'm being selfish
36:37
I gotta go, you know, you're caught, dude.
36:40
Sorry, I'm, I'm out of here.
36:41
So uh yeah, I mean that was about today.
36:44
Yeah, today.
36:45
So, you know, there's always things every day that you know
36:48
you laugh about even though you're, yeah, you're thinking
36:50
about the fight but being around good people, being around
36:53
friends, family that um definitely keeps your mind, you know
36:58
off of that stuff.
36:59
So you're not so serious all the time, you know, you're, you're
37:01
relaxed, you know, because in a lot of those tense uh situations
37:05
other than fights, you, you can't be tense, you need to be nice
37:09
to relax, you know, with, with relaxation, you don't telegraph
37:14
anything, you don't telegraph your punches, your, you know
37:17
your, your kicks, you don't telegraph um what emotion you're
37:21
feeling at that moment, you know, being nice and relaxed,
37:25
you're disguising everything right?
37:29
Easier said than done.
37:30
I'm sure it is.
37:31
But uh we've done it many times.
37:33
So, yeah.
37:35
Very cool, Kane, this was a hell of a lot of fun, man.
37:37
Thanks again for having us into your home and nothing but the
37:40
best of luck at UFC 1 96.
37:42
No problem.
37:43
Thank you very much.