I've learned that the key is to fight with no pressure.
I don't want to fight anybody that just wants to hold you and try and eat the time.
A lot of people tell me I have to trash-talk more, but I got here with my fists, fighting, not with my mouth.
Everybody talks. Anthony Pettis talked before the fight. Donald Cerrone talked before the fight. See what happened?
I need talk more, call people out. It's not who I am, but I feel I need to do this more to bring more attention for me.
I don't want to just be a champion, and I'm done with that. I wanna be a lightweight legend.
I want to keep active, so when they called me to fight Nate Diaz, I agreed because I wanted to stay active. I got a little surprised because he was out so long, but he's a tough opponent.
I get paid the same money if I'm fighting on pay-per-view or on Fight Pass, and Fight Pass is just getting started. It's the future. The Internet, many people watch it.
I want people to remember me as a guy who works hard.
Eddie Alvarez, man, he's a tough guy.
Everybody needs money, but I'm a fighter. For what I make, I'm happy with what I make. The money is not everything; it's about honor.
I want to do that. That's my goal. I want to become a legend.
It was priceless. Being the UFC champion and having my kids in the Octagon, my wife, them holding the belt. That was like a movie.
I'm a big fan of Georges St-Pierre.
Ever since I was 10 years old doing jiu-jitsu, I've done well against the tall guys.
I'm under contract. Whatever the UFC asks, I have to do because they are my bosses and they treat me very well. I can't complain about that, and it's this, man: When you have a boss, you need to follow orders.
Just to be fighting for the belt, I was already happy. No pressure at all.
It wasn't easy to get here, and it will not be easy to take my title away from me.
I'm the former lightweight champion. I want to fight one of the top guys. I don't want to fight a guy who isn't ranked.
I think every fight is different based on who is fighting.
Press conferences aren't the best thing to do, but it's part of the job.