“I definitely sat back after that one and started to reassess what I’m doing. I thought about it long and hard, and decided that I still want to go after it. There’s just something about fighting, something about the reasons why I got into it – which, in a broad sense, is probably similar to the reason a lot of people get into it and go for it 100-percent.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports) “There’s this goal – maybe even somewhat unattainable goal – of trying to find perfection in the sport, and the main reason why I continue is because I don’t feel like I’ve done 100-percent of what I wanted to do. I don’t want to look back on my life when I’m in my 50s or 60s and say, `I was pretty good. I was world-class, but I never did anything great.’ I don’t want to look back and feel that and have those regrets, so I have some unfinished business in the sport, and I’m looking for that perfect fight. I’m looking for that near-perfect performance.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports) “After dedicating myself and putting so much time into this sport, it’s a little bit scary to step away when you don’t necessarily have a secure back-up plan. I have a whole lot of different things that I’m interested in and that I like doing – I like teaching, I like coaching, I like photography, I like making films and video, and I’m a big advocate of plant-based diets, so there’s that – but all these different possible opportunities, it’s like how do you pick one of those and decide on it for sure, and go with it? With a daughter to support, fighting is really what pays the bills right now.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports) “I don’t really have boring fights. Any time I’ve had a fight that wasn’t that exciting – it takes two to tango. On my side of things, I’ve never put out a boring fight, and I never plan on it, and I think that’s why I still have my spot with the company and why they know that I’m always game to fight whoever. Lauzon is very similar; I look at him as a very similar fighter in that regard – he puts it all on the line, and he’s fought some really tough guys, always steps up. The great thing about Lauzon – and I think I’m kind of the same – he’ll seize the opportunities to finish in any way possible, and that’s what makes those Fight of the Night performances. He’s not just sitting back on a lead. He doesn’t score a takedown and then run the rest of the round because he knows he has that round in the bag; he’s not a point fighter. He’s going in for the kill, and I think I’m the same. I think we’re pretty evenly matched, and it’s just going to come down to who wants it more.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports) “I’m a fan of the sport. I’m a fan of MMA and a fan of boxing – and I like all those great fights that were just brilliant pieces of spontaneous art unfolding, and that’s what really draws me to the sport. That’s why I train, that’s why I became a fighter, and I want to put on some performances like that. Win, lose, or draw, I really just want to be a part of some classic fights.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports) “I don’t want to take permanent damage though, and that is a very real thing. This is what we all sign up for – this sport is dangerous; it’s a lot safer than other sports, but we’re still knocking each other out. That takes a toll on your body. My heart is still in it 100 percent, but I want to make sure that when I’m 65, I’m sharp and I don’t have any kind of problems with my memory. I want to be running marathons and with it in my 60s; that’s the main thing. (However), if this is my last fight, you better believe I’m not going out easy.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Ken Pishna-MMAWeekly)
Mac Danzig (21-11-1) won’t celebrate his 34th birthday until January, another important date recently rolled around in the form of his six-year anniversary as a member of the UFC roster. However, this weekend could very well mark his final appearance in the Octagon since winning the Ultimate Fighter 6. Danzig is scheduled to lock horns with Joe Lauzon (22-9) at where he’ll attempt to avoid his second three-fight slide under the organization’s banner. Danzig recently spoke to UFC on FOX 9 UFC.com about the stakes going into the bout, admitting he’s already contemplated a life outside of the cage but is excited about the opportunity to face a fighter like Lauzon on network television.