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"For many, many years, fighters have been tagged as ignorant, and guys who just get in there and fight, but who can't hold a conversation with you. I do everything in my power to go against the grain against that type of stereotype, because it's not right.
"This is a sport that I've committed over half of my life to. When a fighter walks into the room, it's refreshing to see him get respect outside of what they do. I've run into people on the street who will say ignorant things just out of ignorance, like, 'hey, don't hit me.'
"It's a personal thing and something that drives me and fuels me. It's one of the things that drives me. I think that to a degree, every fighter should have a healthy chip on his shoulder."
"It may sound funny, but that's part of what motivates me. When we run late at night, or three in the morning or four in the morning, five in the morning, that's what I'm telling myself."
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