Daniel Day Lewis is awesome. It must be said. In fact, it’s impossible to start this article any other way. If Daniel Day Lewis were an MMA fighter he would be pre Werdum Fedor, with that 1 loss due to cut being The Crucible. The Last of the Mohicans soundtrack should be used in an MMA highlight vid featuring intercut scenes of Bill the Butcher and There will be blood. It could be titled: I Drink Your Milkshake in the Octagon for America.
Get to work Layzie.
Tito spoke to ESPN today about his upcoming fight against Ryan Bader at UFC 132, not winning since 2006 and being one of the last of the Mohicans.
I’m the Last of the Mohicans. Out of the fighters who helped build the UFC from what it was in the 1990s to what it is now in 2011, they’re all gone except for me. Chuck Liddell has retired; Randy Couture has retired. I’m the last man standing, and now everyone thinks Ryan Bader is going to put me down, too. I’ve been stopped due to punches, but I’ve not been knocked cold. But Bader has heavy, heavy hands…
I don’t want to go. I’m not going to go. I am going to push the pace and win this fight July 2. My back is right against wall. I’m coming out swinging. I’m honest with myself, and when it is time, I will go. At 36, that day when I will walk away is coming. It’s coming soon; I know that and I’ve come to accept that. But it is not yet. I know I could have all kinds of wins if I was fighting different types of opponents, but I am fighting the best opposition in the division. Yeah, it sucks that I’ve not had my hand raised since 2006. I hate it. I can’t tell you how much I hate it and how bad it sucks. I’m used to winning. I’m used to dominating, walking through guys and feeling indestructible like I did when I was champion.
To go this long without a win, when you are a winner who fought for everything he has in life — it’s horrible.
Check out the rest of the interview here.