From his conversation with Submission Radio:
"You are as good as your last fight, right? So when I watch his fight against Tyron, you know he did good, nothing to take away from him, but while I was watching that fight, man I was like 'man I can beat that guy.' The way he moves, the way he throws his punches, the way he set up his kicks, the way he sets up take downs, you know I truly believe I have the skills and the mindset to beat him, and that is one of the reasons I asked for that fight as well. And you know, he's a technical fighter, he can keep the same pace as the fight goes on, he has no kickboxing, his kicks are okay, his wrestling's not bad, but I don't think he's going to be able to take me down. And I think you know, I match up pretty well with him as far as technique. If I've got a good game plan, and I have a pretty good idea of what I'm gonna do, If I stick to it, I'm pretty sure I'm going to get the W. And you know after that W, definitely that will put me right there in the mix."