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Austen Heidlage Says He's Out to Send a Message at Bellator 121
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.05.2014

Austen Heidlage spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Philipe Lins at Bellator 121. Check out the highlights:

On a back injury early in his career: "About three years ago, four months after my first MMA fight, I suffered a spinal injury and was completely bedridden for a month. I lost all the feeling in one of my arms. It went completely numb. It's gotten better slowly but surely. There's still a little bit of numbness there from time to time, but obviously it's not bothering me that much. It was something I was able to overcome and I've been able to win a lot of fights since then."

On his recovery: "Even though I suffered such a serious injury at an early point in my career, I never thought about giving up. I always knew I was going to get better and get back to fighting. Wrestling most of my life really taught me that hard-nosed mentality. You get through it and you keep going on with the rest of your life."

On Lins: "I know Philipe is a big guy and he's undefeated, but I feel very confident coming into this fight. Speed is going to be a big advantage for me, and I plan to get in close and get him to the ground. My wrestling will definitely be a big advantage for me in this fight. I'm going to pressure him and force him into a submission. That's just what I do. That's exactly what I'm going to do in this fight. I want to send the message that this is my tournament to win. I want to take Philipe out in dominant fashion and show the world that I'm coming from my title shot."

On his goal: "After this fight, there's going to be a lot of people saying, Who the hell is this guy and how did he pull this st off? This tournament is a life-changing opportunity for me, and you bet your ass I'm going to make the most of it. Winning this tournament could change everything for me. And that's just what I'm going to do: I'm going to change everything."


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