"I wanted to fight ASAP, so it feels like it’s been forever, a very long time since I fought Dan Henderson." "I’ve been itching to get back in there and get back to my winning ways. You’re only as good as your last fight and unfortunately in my last fight I got knocked out. So that’s part of the reason why I’ve been so keen to fight again and put that behind me. This is going to be my second fight this year, and for me, I’ve been way too inactive." (That inactivity can be blamed on his stint as a coach on TUF)
"Mentally for this fight, I’ve got to come out there and push the pace." "My best performances in the past have been when I’ve come out and been the aggressor. So I’ve got to go back to that and back to my old self, if you will. If you’ve seen my old fights, I’ve come out there and I’ve just gone straight through guys, finishing most of them in the first round. My first ten professional fights, I only went past the first round once, so that’s what I’ve got to go back to �" I’ve got to find that fire inside me and just get that ruthless killer instinct back."