On up-and-comers having it easier today: "The things that the fighters today starting out have available to them are so far beyond what we had when we were starting. We were just trying to piece things together and figure things out. The newer guys at our gym just step into a pattern that we've created already and it creates killers right away. It takes a lot of time and energy to figure out what to do, rather than stepping into the path of people who know how to do it already."
On moving from California to New York: "There are financial things to take into consideration – it's a salaried job with guaranteed income and health benefits for my family. Those are huge, really. Honestly, California is falling apart. The whole country's kind of falling apart. But the cost of living here in California is ridiculous, and the taxation in California is ridiculous. I'm not sure it's any better in New York yet, but I've got to start doing something, thinking outside the box trying to keep yourself and your family above water and outside the sinking ship."
On running the MMA area of Pacific Health Club: "Just in my MMA section, we've got 8,000 square feet of mat space and two full-sized cages. It's just a ridiculous facility, and that's one of the reasons I made the move, just to take advantage of what they have going on up there. I'm running the MMA and grappling program, but I'm trying to start a fight team."
On the AKA gum: "They've got so many killers at AKA. You've got to train with the best to be the best. This is my family, and I've put a lot of effort into building AKA with all the other guys. This is where my home is and where I know I'm going to get the best training at."
On wanting a title shot: "I still feel like there's a title out there waiting for me. I've just got to put some wins together and stay healthy. I don't want to think too far down the road, but hopefully (Burkman) and I can both smash on our opponents and re-do it."