I've been fighting for a long time.

You want to go out there, and you want to be sharp, and you want to execute your game plan and... get it done fast.

Just being able to grind, day in and day out. You have to be a different kind of person to not just do the workouts, but to not make money for months at a time.

My coaches and I always stress getting better and working on all aspects, so I'm ready to fight and take it to the next level.

I'm not gonna tell any man what he should do in life.

It's nice that fans want to see me fight. It definitely helps and gets everyone excited. It gets the UFC excited, and they are quick to put me back in there. But I really just focus on myself and getting ready to fight.

When I came back to the UFC, I was just excited.

Woodley has tremendous athleticism, brings a lot of technique - well-rounded fighter.

Fighting somebody like Manhoef, who can take anyone out at any point in time - that was a big win for me and one of the best finishes. In that fight, it wasn't looking good for me, but I kept believing in myself and was able to land a big shot, which was huge!

I try not to worry about what people think and what people think I should do each fight, how impressive I need to be. I need to go out there and win; that's what it comes down to.

I just worry about myself. I'm just gonna be me and do me. If people appreciate it, cool. If not, I'm gonna still be me.

If you look at all aspects of all sports, everything comes down to basics and fundamentals.

I was always into martial arts and boxing.

Coming back to the UFC was huge. I was ready for the spotlight for the first time.

I was a huge Mike Tyson fan, would sit through the night watching boxing matches and would hit the bag at every opportunity I would get.

When St-Pierre retired, it brought a lot of enthusiasm to the weight class, and things got shook up.

Sometimes spectacular things look really great, but when push comes to shove come fifth round, the basics, fundamentals and technical aspects are going to come into effect.

I can see that I can be a role model.

I've actually done a really good job listening to my body, relaxing. Some days you train hard, some days you rest a little bit.

Even when you lose, you get better. Sometimes when you lose, you win.

Adidas is one of the biggest companies in the world. To have a company like that, a mainstream company, a major sports company, to say they want me, it's awesome.

For me, it's always the same: worrying about how I can get better, the techniques I can do.

I'm just willing to do a lot, take a lot, and force people into a fight. That's something a lot of people aren't ready to do. Some people are.

I never lost sight of my goals. I never stopped thinking I could reach the top.

The best part about being a champion is going out and defending your belt, so that's what I plan on doing and doing it many times.

Every fighter wants to... take the least amount of damage possible.

I'm not just a guy who can knock people out.

To take what I have, they're going to have to have more than skill and technique. It's a lot of heart, a lot of determination. That's just who I am. I'm not messing around out there. I'm not giving it away.

I think people appreciate that I've been around so long, and I never gave up on myself and just kept grinding, and eventually I made it to the top.

Who am I to say anybody can't do what they want to do and create their own destiny if they believe in something?

I know you can't fight forever, and there's only so long you can do this.

I was a striker before a wrestler. I've always wanted to knock people out.

Everyone likes different things. Not everyone's the same. Not everyone runs their mouth. Not everyone can fight.

The basics win fights.

Everyone's out there trying to take what's mine, and they're going to have to fight me for it.

In college, I tried to start wrestling as soon as I could and when it was available to me, as I loved competing, and then got into MMA under Pat Miletich, where I was able to sharpen all my skills and develop into a true fighter.

My coaches do all the breakdowns of my opponents, and I leave that up to them.

Winning fires me up.

I don't fight for my legacy or for the glory or anything like that. The feedback from the fans is nice, don't get me wrong; it's a good feeling having them - you on their side. But I'm motivated by making a good living for my family, and that's what made me get serious about this.

If I don't have the drive and determination to wake up every day and train with young, hungry fighters, if I don't want to do that, then I need to get out of the game, but as long as my body says I'm all right, and my hunger stays the same, I'm going to keep going.

I don't worry about who they're putting in front of me. Why would I? That's just nonsense for me to waste my energy.

Sometimes when you are winning, you don't see your flaws; you don't see what you are not good at.

I just train hard and worry about the things I can control.

I always believed in myself, and even in the bad times, when I'd do bits of greatness here and there, it was those kinds of things that kept me alive and helped me to get to where I am now.

It doesn't matter who I'm facing. I'm concentrating on myself.

I think the UFC's done a great job of building the brand, building the UFC, building MMA.

I think fans expect fighters to beat each other up, and what I expect out of myself is to stay of trouble.

I just move forward and not worry about the things I can't control.

I'm tactical, and I have a lot of heart - something that you don't see when you watch a lot of fights.