"I messed up at school -- until I found wrestling. Wrestling and the UFC have changed my life. The toughest people in the world -- the street punks who think they're tough, anyway -- are dead or in prison. If you are in prison, that's the same as being dead, I think. This sport saved me. I could have been dead. I've been shot at a few times."
"I messed up at school and almost gave up until I found wrestling, which led me to the UFC. It actually saved my life. I've been shot at a few times. I could have been killed just for being foolish. It's better to be positive than dead."
"The fans are terrific. I say, no fans, no sport. I've been really surprised just how respectful the fans have been, particularly in Detroit. They know their sports here."
"I love fighting -- but I got to be truthful, the paycheck is the only reason I do this sport. I couldn't make it in any other job. I kind of messed up my life. This is the only job I can have to basically do the things I do and look after my family -- my kids, my brothers and sisters and my mom and dad."
"Some people are just cowards. They can't fight -- they'd rather shoot and all that."
"I used to think that was cool. But as I got older, I saw that was just foolish. They want people to think they're hard, that they're no punk. I tell young kids, get in the gym and start working out. Take out your frustrations on the punching bag. You'll be proud of yourself, and you won't have to deal with the law and the police. That's what I did."
Read entire article...