by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight titleholder Evan Tanner takes on
The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Kendall Grove in the main event of href="http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/rumors.asp?articleid=5625&zoneid=14">The
Ultimate Fighter 7 Live Finale this Saturday from the Palms Hotel and
Casino in Las Vegas.
feel really good. I’ve been working at the Warrior Training Center
in Vegas… I’ve got a really good camp and I’m feeling great. I
feel really good," Tanner told MMAWeekly.com about his upcoming bout with
returned to the Octagon at UFC 82 after nearly two years away from competition
in a losing effort to middleweight contender Yushin Okami. "It’s
all a learning experience," said Tanner. "Yea, if I had
taken more time to prepare for the fight, of course, I know I could have
done a little better. Maybe if I had taken a more lesser opponent my
first fight. That’s the fight that was offered and the time that was
offered, so I figured I’d at least get my foot back in the door. So I
into this fight with Kendall Grove I’m an older and wiser man, an older and
coming off the loss to Okami and Grove dropping back-to-back bouts to Patrick
Cote and Jorge Rivera, both fighters are in desperate need of a win. "I
think he’s going to be hungry. We’re both in a must win situation.
We’re both hungry," said the Texan.
think that that’s probably motivated both of us in training. I
think that’s going to carry over into the fight. We’re both going to be
going in there to win. I think that’s going to make for a great fight.
I’m looking forward to it."
three times the amount of fights as Grove and feels that experience will come
into play Saturday night when the two face off. "Experience in
the ring is always an asset. I’m not sure how it’s going to come into
play, but I know it will," said the former UFC middleweight champion.
not the only answer. I’ve got preparation. I’ve trained extremely
hard for this fight. I finally got the ring-rust out. I’m going in
comfortable, strong and ready to go.” He continued, “I’ve been training
extremely hard for this fight. I’ve been training for nine months
href="http://videos.mmaweekly.com/view_player.php?id=2597">(In this exclusive video
interview with MMAWeekly.com, Evan Tanner discusses his preparation for Kendall
Grove, the fight, his place in the sport, his fighting future, Team
Tanner, sponsorships, gambling and his philosophy on life and work.)