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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

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."


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