"I know very well that this is the last chance for me," admits Haseman. "To be honest, I never saw it coming and never even expected to be here again. I’m 40 years old now and have had a long, hard and extensive career. I knew that the UFC were coming to Australia and I’m aware that that has played a big part in me returning to the UFC.
"There’s also the additional matter of a rematch between Elvis and I, which has been brewing for the best part of 13 years. Everybody with an interest in Australia MMA has been waiting for this rematch to happen. As far as the hardcore MMA fans go, this rematch between Elvis and I is a very big deal."
"The journey’s coming to an end and at 40 years of age, I can definitely feel it’s getting that way," admits the veteran Australian.
"I just want to have that same feeling on February 21st that I used to have when competing in the early days. I want to know that I can still do it and still feel the same things I did back then. That’s all I ask for going forwards. I’m not looking to make any big plans or set a timetable out. I just want to take one fight at a time and see how much there is left.
Haseman's thoughts on Sinosic after the jump.
"I’m just fed up with the way Elvis carries himself and the excuses he’s always coming up with," explains Chris. "I’ve never heard him once just come out and say, ‘you know what? I just got beaten up today’. There’s always a reason or an excuse for every defeat he suffers. They’re not even good excuses, either. I think he should just take responsibility for his career and face up to the facts. I honestly just don’t like the guy.
"We’re just two completely different characters. I go out there and do things, whereas Elvis just talks about doing things. That’s the key difference. I don’t make excuses, whereas he does. I can accept reality – he can’t."
"I don’t consider Elvis a world-class UFC fighter or anything like that. He’s just an opponent that I really want to defeat. I know a win won’t do much for my career, but it will do a lot for personal pride and it will help shut Elvis up. From an Australian perspective, I think respect will be achieved when I beat Elvis. That’s good enough for me."
"I’m just going to be happy to put this one to bed now. It’s been 13 years in the making and I’ve now finally got the chance to shut him up. Either way, I just hate the way he goes on and on making excuses. I’m sick of it and we need to sort it out once and for all."