On being a private individual: "I spent years with the WWE, where your life is totally out there, but most of it isn't real. So I had to find a separation of the two, of the fiction and nonfiction parts of my life. And for me, keeping my private life private was more or less to keep my own sanity. I'm not a guy who has to go out and [be in the media spotlight]. Maintaining my privacy has to do with respect for myself and my family. And at the end of the day, this is a career of mine, it's not really who I am."
On Vince McMahon vs. Dana White: "One thing about working for Vince: I never was able to get a really good read from him. He's dealt with a lot of entertainers in his day. But when I sit down and talk to somebody, I just want to shoot straight and have the same thing done to me. You can't take this away from Vince, though: He has taken his product and made it very successful. [McMahon and White] both have the same drive."
On whether UFC is a better fit for him: "I finally found my calling, and it's to be an ultimate fighter. But don't get me wrong: The WWE did a lot for me. They made me a household name throughout the world. It's just that in the WWE, the pen and paper are pushing you, along with the man behind the company. In the UFC, I kind of had to make my own name. Dana wants to see you do well, but at the end of the day you've got to get in there and execute the job."
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