It’s fight week. As I close in on my May 23 fight with Vitor Belfort, I’m in the gym working harder than anyone on earth to come out and completely dominate. Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, some good old-fashioned wrestling and plenty of cardio. You name it, it’s part of my routine. I’ll never be outworked. But as focused as I am on my training and my preparation, I never forget what’s most important, because at the end of the day, it’s about family and spending as much time with my family — my kids, Cassidy and CJ, and my wife, Marivi — as possible. Keeping my focus on what’s important — inside the Octagon and out — is never lost on me.
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