“Dude, I was young. I was definitely young. I was watching this on Blockbuster. I was a little fat kid watching Blockbuster, probably fights on Blockbuster. The only way I could watch these fights in Australia was through a very small section of Blockbuster. It was on a DVD. It wasn’t on TV, we didn’t even talk about it at home, but the sport has grown so much thanks to guys like them. The two of them, Robbie Lawler and the Diaz brothers – all of them. They’ve done so much for the sport, and he’s grown so much, and for them to still be able to compete now is just amazing. Here I say to myself, I am 32 years old, and I say to myself: “I hope I have a few more years in me”, and you look at them and you say to yourself: “You know what? I’m known for my cardio, just like Nick. Maybe I can ride until I’m 40. I love this sport, so the longer I am in it the better. Not like there’s a pretty face I need to worry about, but I want to take care of my brain.
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“I was just starting jiu jitsu. I barely signed up for jiu jitsu (en) 2004. It’s crazy. Like a weird little carpet rat. I was 13 when I signed up for jiu jitsu. I had no idea what it was. I don’t think I watched UFC back then. I watched Royce Gracie fight, and that’s how I got into the academy, but it’s crazy. It’s great to be – it’s different. Point of view, right? You were a kid, and that was crap, wasn’t it? And it’s like, ‘Hey, we’re on the same map now. We’re like shit together, and I’m sharing part of that story with you because I’m fighting that same night. I’ll walk past you in the locker room while you warm up. I’ll see you in the heat of the moment before you fight. Few people can say that. You watch them when they fight, but behind the scenes when they heat up or their stress patterns or when they scream to get out there, you can see it, and I can see it with the people that I’m actually fans of. , so it’s dope. I had a fight with Robbie on a few maps. I think my debut he was there too, maybe. I know Robbie was there on a few maps. Never Nick. It’s drugs, and he brings his fans and my fans. It’s drugs.