Fighters On The Radar
There's not really anyone I'm looking at right now. I'm not quite sure what's going on right now, so I'm just waiting for my manager to call me. Hopefully, I'm still up for the title shot. If they are going to rematch, then I'd definitely like to fight somebody else, a Top 10 or Top 5 guy.
I think that would be a good card to fight on. It's December 28th, and that's a good amount of time for me to recover this little injury I have. I'd like to get back in there and fight, but like I said, I'm not going to rush into this. That's my manager's job to work out. We'll see what happens. I'll stay back a couple of more weeks, listen to my phone ring and then see what happens.
Staying Healthy Despite Fighting Every 3 Months
Little injuries are always happening, so you've just got to train through those. You've also got to have the right training partners, people you trust. Good conditioning helps you prepare your muscles, so I make sure I'm always strict with my conditioning. A lot of fighters just go to the gym and spar or wrestle, but they forget about their conditioning. Things like that cause lots of injuries.
If There Is A Long Wait
If I'm the next guy to get the title shot, I'd like plenty of time to prepare for it. It could be eight months, but this is the fight I've wanted, and I'm willing to wait for it. The thing is, if they fight again first, then I will take another fight, too.
Training Between Three Locations
I like to go over to Black House and help out Lyoto [Machida] a little bit. He also helps me a lot with that different style that he has. At the Pit, we don't have the heavier weights there any more. They don't have any guys over 160 pounds, I don't think. I just go there to work my technique with John Hackleman and with Chuck [Liddell] a little bit. American Top Team is my number one camp right now.
Preparing For A Title Shot
Their fight is a great tool to have for later on if I'm going to face one of those guys. It was a five round fight, so you see their weaknesses and their strengths. You know they're going to try to fix whatever they did wrong, though, so you've got to prepare for everything. That's my mentality on it. You go in there, 100% conditioned and in shape, and ready to go five rounds if you need to.
I'm not too much of a game planning guy. I leave that to my coaches. I just try to train and be prepared in everything. Some days I may need to work more on my wrestling or more on my jiu jitsu; stuff like that. I like to see how the day's training goes before I plan the next day. Sometimes you've got to change it up.
Fighting Locale Preferences
I don't really mind where I fight. I made the United States my home, here in Connecticut, so I'm pretty much good to fight anywhere in the US and around the world. My favorite place to fight is in Vegas, no doubt.
I love to compete in Abu Dhabi. I've been there two times, in 2009 and 2011, and it was a great show. It's a great way to stay sharp because you're competing with the best grapplers in the world. I would have loved to have gone this year, but I didn't get invited, and it's too close now.
There's so many people I look up to. Of course there's Chuck Liddell, who started teaching me everything. Today, it's some of the new guys and their styles like Jose Aldo and Cain Velasquez. Those guys, I look at them and see the way they fight, and I love it. They inspire me. There's also some guys here and there in grappling and jiu jitsu, and John Hackleman is a great trainer to me, as well as [Ricardo] Liborio from ATT. Those are some of the guys that I look up to.