"We're definitely trying to prepare for his physical tools, his long reach, his boxing style that he has. But, the biggest thing we've had trouble with, to be honest, is we've been having my teammates talking trash inside the Octagon, and have me stay calm and not be worked up. I was having a hard time with that. When someone talks trash to me, I wanna talk trash back. When they get emotional, I get emotional back to them. So, I've been working on staying calm, collected and still do my technique and not fall into his game. I gotta do a little more work on that, though.
I just got done sparring, and my training partners, Efrain Escudero and Joe Riggs, were told by my coaches to talk crap and to say not very nice things to me. I don't like it. I don't like it when people say not very nice things to me. But, yeah, they're told to talk crap to me, and I'm suppose to not get lured into that game and do something I'm not supposed to do.I'm supposed to stay calm and collected and implement my game plan, still. I have been having a hard time with that, but hopefully, we get that taken care of, and come fight night, I won't allow any of that trash talking to get into my head and affect my game."