Life is about how much you can take and keep fighting, how much you can suffer and keep moving forward.
I don't have a problem putting on or cutting weight. I would adapt my training if I'm training for a Light Heavyweight fight by using different techniques and by wearing a weight vest to get used to the extra fighting weight.
My losses and my victories are in the past. I think of the future. After a fight is over, it's in the past. I always have to go back to the gym and train to improve in all areas, winning or losing. I think I can always do better next time.
Roy Jones and Muhammad Ali are the inspiration for my style of fighting.
I would train with a gay man. As long as he respected me, it's all right. I don't think much of it. The fact that a guy is gay doesn't mean he's going to accost you. He can be gay, have a relationship, live among guys who aren't gay. He can do whatever he wants with his private life.
Sometimes people think I'm gay. A lot of people have asked me if I'm gay. I answer, 'Look, not to my knowledge. But I'm still young, it could be that in the future, I'll find out that I'm gay.'
Basically, sometimes a reporter will ask a question, and I feel the answers only matter when the questions are relevant.
The fact is that everything I've done, no one else could do. I don't want to be cocky or arrogant or think I'm the best, but what I've tried to do all those years was to show I was different from the others. And that's not my opinion, but everyone's.
When I started training martial arts, I learned about respect.
Sonnen doesn't know martial arts. He's a wrestler; he doesn't know how to respect people. Some say he's promoting the fight, but he disrespected my country, my family and fans.
I don't feel that I have to prove anything to anyone as far as what I've done in fighting.
There are many great fighters in the UFC; some of my favorites are Rodrigo Nogueira, Lyoto Machida, and B. J. Penn, but aside from these guys, the UFC has many great fighters in every division.
Unfortunately, the reporters ask the same questions over and over again. When reporters keep asking the same questions, they've got to recognize I may hear these questions 20 to 30 times in a matter of days. It gets to the point where I think, 'Read the other interviews!'
I'm an athlete who took the sport to another level. I don't get or ever got the respect from people.
I will be a complete man, a complete athlete, with a fight with Roy Jones Jr.
I was really disappointed with the lack of respect from the UFC towards Brazilian athletes.