The only thing I can do is fight. Win or lose, I'm here every damn time.
People ask me, 'Why don't you take time off?' but the working class doesn't take time off. They're out there working every day. That's what I do, too. I want them to know there is hope, and I'm out there just like they are.
I could definitely make 145. But if 'Cowboy' is going to 145, I'm going after somebody who matters.
I remember being a kid and saying, 'One day, I'm going to have a ranch. One day, one day, one day.' And now, I'm fighting in the UFC. I'm here making the money, and that one day is here. I can finally go get those things that I want.
Dos Anjos, his wrestling and grappling is supposed to be good, but I feel my Jiu Jitsu, wrestling and striking is way better. I'm better than him all across the board.
I took up scuba diving, and my next big thing is BASE jumping.
My time with the WEC was great for me; it was great to be able to get big-show experience, headline fight-cards, and fight for world titles.
I own everything. I own my RV, my house, my trucks, my boat. Everything is paid for.
I remember kickboxing and traveling the world when I was young. I would go to Japan or Africa, and I would go for the experience. As soon as I got off the plane, we'd go have a good time, party. Fighting was just the outlet of what I was doing there.
I enjoy fighting. It's one of my favorite things to do in the world, so I'm just enjoying every minute of it.
There is nothing more I love more than being in a throw-down on a Saturday night.
You don't have to get ready if you stay ready, alright? I'm always in the gym, always training, all the time.
I didn't really have intentions of fighting in MMA; it just kind of fell into place. Once I started fighting, though, I loved it, and I walked away from kickboxing right away.
Whether I'm in the main event or on the preliminary card, the same Cowboy is going to be out there.
When I got picked up by the Tapout crew and was featured on their reality show, that really jumpstarted my career.
I'm a guy who likes to keep fighting five, six times a year, so if I ask for too much money, they might say, 'Well, we pay you too much. We can't let you keep jumping backwards and forwards and promote it.' The money I'm making is good to keep grabbing short-notice fights. I love them; they're my favorite ones.
You ever try to beat your dad up? It just don't happen. He's got that old man strength.
They need to enforce how and who to give guns to. But there are Americans like me who are responsible, and they shouldn't take that away. If they outlaw guns, they won't take mine.
People get all caught up thinking they have to train a certain way or take a certain approach to things, but there's so much more to this than fitting into what other people think you are supposed to do. You have to have fun and enjoy what you are doing; otherwise, what is it all worth?
I've never pulled out of a fight, never not showed up to fight, so injured or not, I'm coming.
Is there any hungry fighters out there that say they don't get paid enough by the UFC? I tell you what: Cowboy's got the answer. Sign on the line. I don't care where you're at on the roster. Let's go.
If you're in the UFC, you're one of the baddest dudes around.
I've got to control my emotions. When I fight out of emotions, it doesn't end up so well.
For me, fighting is just so fun; I love it. It's just what I enjoy doing, and for me to go out there and go wake boarding and go rock climbing and then turn around and go fight, how awesome is that?
The UFC has been nothing but great to me. I can't complain; they give me what I want.
I made it this far eating fruit roll-ups and having soda pop and having fun. I feel like I tried changing that to do like everyone says I should, and I just feel better being me.
I tend to worry about now, now, and I'll worry about then, then.
The opponent never matters to me. That's something I've always said.
I've had people say I'm inconsistent, and sure, I've never held a UFC or WEC title.
I want all of the blue collar American working class people to know that I'm out there fighting for them.
A great fight that I'd love is B.J. Penn. That would be so awesome. He's a veteran of the sport. He's fought everywhere.
Jose Aldo, he's a stud, and I would be honored to be in there to throw down with him.
Fighting in the UFC means that I'm at the top of the sport, and it means that I'm able to pursue my goal of being a champion in the UFC.
That Evan Dunham fight, I went back to not being serious. I was going to the lake and literally brought some wrestling mats down with me. We have a shop at the lake where we park the boat. I'd throw the mats in there, wakeboard all day, and train all night. I was having a good time, getting back to work.