Reporter: How are you sir?
Conor: How are you?
Reporter: Good. Congratulations.
Conor: Thank you.
Reporter: I was asking you on Thursday about his right hand —
Reporter: Can I tell you what you told me?
Conor: I said, his right hand would get him into trouble, that’s the shot I predicted. I said he’d overload on his right hand, I said I’d slip, I said I’d bang the left hook, and that’s what happened.
Reporter: Word for word, you said:
I felt when we starred down, I felt his right hand was twitching, which was a subtle tell for me. He is ready to unload that right hand and I feel that could be a downfall for him. If he lets that right hand go I will not be there. I simply enter the way I enter and that is enough. They either over extended or they shrink away. But either way it is not good for them. I will create traps and dead space inside that octagon and I will walk him into that dead space but all of the sudden he will be in danger.
Reporter: How do you do that? How do you predict these things?
Connor: If you can see it here, and you have the courage enough to speak it, it will happen. I see these shots, I see these sequences and I don’t shy away from them. A lot of times people believe in certain things but they keep to themselves. They don’t put it out there. If you truly believe in it, if you become vocal with it, you are creating that law of attraction and it will become reality. I knew he would over extended and I knew I would catch him.
‘What drives you to continue to put your body through this to compete?’
You know I only have one goal in this – I’m not in it for the fame, I’m not in it for the money, I’m in it for the accomplishment. I wanted to be world champion since I was a little kid. I wanted to win the Olympics, win the world championship. I used to watch Sugar Ray Leonard fight and I’d go put on my black trunks and tape up my hands and come in the kitchen and throw a bunch of punches in front of my mom and tell her I was going to beat up Sugar Ray some day. And uh, that wasn’t to get on t.v. and it wasn’t to get money — that was — I want the belt. I want to be world champion. I want one day, one moment, one night, best in the world.
And that’s what its all about for me; everyday that’s what I think about. You know, I think about the new guys that come in, I think about the current guys that are here, the veterans – and you’ve got to beat them all. You gotta be ready to beat them all – every style, every guy, every man alive if you want to be world champion. And uh, there is just no time to waste – you can’t waste anytime!
If you watch this video, if you’re watching right now and you’re motivated by something I am saying… change your shoes and get out the door right now. Don’t waste any time. Don’t do it tomorrow. If you’ve got a habit and you want to drop your habit, drop it right now. Don’t think I’ll do it next week, don’t wait for a resolution of some sort, don’t waste any time – start right now.
That would be my biggest advice. But that’s what drives me you know – I’ve got a goal. You always want to set a goal. Then set your little goals the achieve the big goal. And being consistent and being driven… good things will happen.
~ Chael Sonnen ~