“Lyoto comes from that karate background and has translated his karate into a style which works very well in MMA. It is a rare style, but there are things he does which I have seen before. Even in my last fight, Chuck Liddell was a counter puncher like Lyoto so there are aspects of what he does which aren’t so different. Eventually, his style will be solved and I believe I will be the one to solve it.”
“The UFC will see the best Shogun on Saturday. Not the best since PRIDE, but the best ever. Professionally and personally, I am at my peak now, this is the best time of my life. I’ve got much more experience than I had when I was in PRIDE,” he stated.
“The knee injuries [last year], two surgeries back to back, were a dark time in my life. There were times when it was very bad for me, especially when I had another surgery right as I wanted to start training again. But things happen in life and you have to come through them stronger.