A fight is mental, not just physical and psychological warfare is absolutely part of that.
Be spontaneous, be creative, go out and have fun, let things happen naturally.
I am not talented. I am obsessed.
You sleep on a win and you'll wake up with a loss.
Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.
Clean fighting solves everything. It ends all bad blood and any ill feelings people have. That's my thoughts.
I just figured out that if I gave my all into this game -- if I put everything into the fight business -- then I would eventually run the fight business.
I'm going to change the way martial arts is viewed. I'm going to change the game. I'm going to change the way people approach fighting.
I think it's an Irish thing. We don't really care. We say it as we mean it, and you have to deal with it. The truth is the truth.
I'm interested in movement, and I'm interested in money, and I'm interested in the movement of money.
You might be tough, but you can only be so tough for so long, you know what I mean? The brain can only take so much damage. The body can only take so much damage.
I don't fight in chase of an individual. I hear this sometimes where fighters work their whole careers to reach a matchup with a certain individual. I do not think in that way.
There's people that tried to celebrate when I lost that got nothing to do with it. That's not the sign of a champion.
People like to blame others. I think a person should just look at their own situation, look around them, find out what they wish to do, and seek and go and do that. And that's it.
I am in the fighting game. I don't care about anything else. I don't watch the news, I don't care about politics, I don't care about other sports. I don't care about anything I don't need to care about. This is my sport: it is my life. I study it; I think about it all the time. Nothing else matters.
If you are surrounded by your competition and you are outworking these people, outmaneuvering these people, it's hard not to let your confidence take over. It just builds and builds and builds.
I never got into training to be an All-Ireland boxing champ or to win a belt. At the start, I just got into it to learn how to defend myself when I got into situations.
Yes, sir, no, sir, clock in, clock out. Why were you late? Why are you not in today? That's not how humans are supposed to live.
'This guy's a clown! He's just all talk!' I've heard that many times in my career. And then they're sleeping in the middle of the octagon.
I enjoy competition. I enjoy challenges. If a challenge is in front of me and it appeals to me, I will go ahead and conquer it.
The game ain't always fair and that's the thing, though. You can play your heart out, everybody don't get a ring though.
There are people who have great skills, who do great things, but don't embody the whole animal that is the fight game like I do.
If I could bust out and eat anything... if I ever stop fighting, I could put on some serious weight with sweets.
I've always felt like there was a lot of hype around me even when there wasn't. I felt like everyone was talking about me even when no one was talking about me.
From the moment I open my eyes, I'm trying to free my body. I'm trying to get looser, more flexible, to gain control. Movement is medicine to me.
I have a deep, deep belief that if I tell you I'm going to crack you with a clean shot to the chin inside one minute of the first round and you will be unconscious, well, then that's what will happen.
I am not afraid of saying something and going and pursuing it. That's it. I see it in my mind. I say it out loud. I go and do it.
Getting enough protein is important when I train, to help build muscle and recover, so I'll supplement with protein shakes.
Everything I've been thinking, every vision, even down to every shot I throw, it just ends up here in reality. Whether it was in a fight and how to react or whether it was in a stadium with screaming fans or whether I was in a fancy car or the best clothes ever, I always put myself somewhere.
Power and speed aren't enough to overcome someone who is strategic, who knows what you'll do before you do it and can turn it on you; someone who is mentally engaged and combines the whole package.
If they let people go fight jiu-jitsu tournaments, they can't stop me going to fight a boxing fight.
Many people don't understand ring control. They think they do until they're against someone who really understands how to set traps, how to create holes in the octagon that they fall into.
People do what they think works for them, but the sport is about instinct, movement, balance, power... it's too animalistic to get rigid about your training.
I know I can hold two, maybe even three belts. So I have business to take care of back in and around my weight class.
I am not stupid. I am a very bright guy. I know that in the fighting game, you get people who get brain damage and do themselves long-term harm.
I'm focusing on me. I'm focusing on my family's security, my family's financial security, so that's all I can do.
I've learned new footwork patterns that are very unusual. I've learned how to find a lower centre of gravity, and I've found more angles to throw shots.
People say that I'm a boxer. I actually started with kick boxing, and then I moved onto boxing, and then I moved onto grappling.
I know I might rub people the wrong way sometimes, but I'm just a kid living my dream... I'm enjoying my life.
I mean I love movement. I mean the energy that comes from the way I move. We get energy from how we move. I mean the control I get from knowing everything about how my body feels and how it is working.
If you have a clear picture in your head of something that's going to happen... then nothing can stop it.
Cage Warriors is a brilliant organisation. They're doing great things for European MMA, and they're giving the platform for guys like me who came through. They're vital. I'm forever grateful for the opportunities I got.
I don't feel negative emotions. I feel calm, composed and ready. And as it goes on I get better at it. By the time the fight is on, I don't feel any emotions at all.
Nothing good ever comes from worrying or sitting there feeling sorry for yourself... Keep positive and keep pushing on and things will turn good.
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