We trained 2 or 3 times a day. It depends on whether we got a wake-up call or not. His wife was really efficient in the beginning. She had our itinerary printed out and taped on the wall. Then, after a while, the itinerary disappeared, the cohesiveness disappeared and we were lost. I got adopted real fast. I'd drop something and she'd say "PICK THAT SHIT UP!", "YOU'RE GONNA DO YOUR OWN LAUNDRY" and "DON'T MIX YOU COLORS WITH YOUR WHITES!" (laughing)
Yeah, Don fight right in. (laughing) He was in just as much trouble as I was on a daily basis.
I know you've been waiting for this match for a long time. Now that it's here, do you still have the motivation you had 7 years ago?
No. No. I lost it when I was supposed to fight Mark last year and he got injured. They said he was paralyzed and it scared the hell out of me. Mark's a father with 2 little girls. You don't want that kind of karma coming back at you. As a father, you want to be able to enjoy your family. You want to be able to walk down the street with them, pick them up and hold them. You want to be able to play with them.
Generally, yeah. I sign all the autographs I can, even when I know the guy's had me sign 5 of them and he's selling them. I try to collect all the good karma I can because I've done some shit?? I try to balance out my sins.
This would be the time. If I was going to be scared of anybody, it'd be Mark Coleman. He gave me an 11 minute beating, which I haven't had since my dad whipped me as a boy. So, Mark gave me the second worst beating of my life.
You're notorious for being humble in interviews. Before you fought Abidi, you said he's younger, he's this and he's that. But then you took him down and kicked his ass.
I don't know. I quit making predictions after the last 2 fights. When I predicted that I was going to KO Le Banner with a minute and a half. When a minute and a half rolled around, I was on the canvas looking up. When Yoshida came around, I predicted that I was going to break his arm. Six and half minutes later, I'm laying on the mat with my arm way over there! (laughing).