"I feel like my skill level has increased 10 times, even since my last fight against Joe Stevenson. I feel all the steps that I've taken since the Sherk fight has lead me to this point. Now it's about testing my skills, let's see whose skills are better. BJ Penn has proven to be the number 1 fighter in the world and I've earned this shot now and I'm going to try to take advantage of it."
Regulation in Massachusetts
Bringing the title to Massachusetts
Furthering his broadcasting career