“I think guys get so caught up in respecting Mirko so much they don’t approach him with a killer instinct. They don’t look for the finish. If you look at his last few fights he fought some tough guys, Frank Mir and Pat Barry, but they go out there and show him too much respect,” he explained.
“I respect the guy just as much as those guys do if not more. It was the same with Gonazaga. I respect these guys so much that I give them the best fight I can on the night. That’s my way of showing respect to these guys – I go in there and try and take their heads off. I put the pressure on them…There’s going to be no high-fiving. There’s going to be no hugging. I can tell you that.” [FightersOnly]
The two are scheduled to face off at UFC 128 on March 19th at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.