Andrew Craig Says He's Happy He Doesn't Have to Play the Villain at UFC Fight Night 39
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.08.2014
He's done a lot of fighting hometown favorites...
Andrew Craig recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Chris Camozzi at UFC Fight Night 39. Check out the highlights:
On not being the villain this time around: "That was not even on my radar, that you would travel around being in the UFC. I wanted to fight in the UFC just to fight in the UFC; traveling had nothing to do with it. But once I got that first one against Kyle Noke and got to go to Australia, I thought, ‘Well this is pretty freaking cool.' So I told my manager, let the UFC know I'm available for these international fights. By no means did I think the majority of them would be international and I'd be the foreigner fighting on their land. But it's cool for this one because it's two Americans traveling to a foreign place, so luckily there will be no hometown advantage."
On not having MMA aspirations as a kid: "You've got big athletes like Andrew Luck and little athletes like Andrew Craig. I loved football. I wasn't that good at it, so it was kind of dumb to be as obsessed with it as I was. I wish I would have been involved in martial arts much earlier."
On getting into MMA: "The hardest part of the whole thing was telling my dad, ‘Hey, I know you paid for me to live in Austin for four years, but here's what I actually want to do. The hardest part was pulling the trigger and telling them I wanted to try this crazy thing. But once that was done, it was all good. My dad was cool. He had me treat it like a full-time job. He supported my 100 percent. So did my mom. My brother was behind me, too. He was older and got the same degree as I did."
On his fight with Camozzi: "I like the matchup. I think the UFC obviously knows what they're doing when they're putting together these fights. I think Camozzi and I have some similarities, as far as I think we both like to keep it on the feet. We're both fairly well-rounded, but I think we find a lot of comfort in our kickboxing. And we're both gritty fighters. We're hard to put away, so I think it's going to be a fun fight."
On his heavy travel schedule: "I still enjoy it. I thought about it, but I know I'm going to look back at this time it years down the line and think, ‘Man, how amazing was that?' I would have never visited four different continents in this amount of time – maybe not even in my lifetime – so I'm not complaining."