Tom Lawlor and Vitor Belfort Are Looking Inward as They Prepare for Their Upcoming UFC Bouts

Presumably Tom Lawlor has worked through his Dan Severn obsession.

Tom Lawlor talks to the Boston Herald about his UFC 121 bout with Patrick Cote:

"This one's kind of do or die, I'm not even looking at it as him being a bigger fight. People always say a battle against themselves, `I'm not fighting against an opponent, I'm fighting against my own inner demons,' and everything else like that but this is a situation as a fighter for the first time I feel like that. It is more of a battle of me against myself and going out there showing I can do it, and basically not screw it up or give it away like I did my last two fights."

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"On my phone I have a picture of me all beat up from my last fight. My girlfriend asks me, `Why is that on there?' and I say, `It's motivation.' It really motivates me to go out there. Everybody talks about me gassing out and this and that, but I swear I do cardio, I swear I do it. I'm motivated to show whoever it is I'm not going to die out in the ring and that I belong in the UFC."

Vitor Belfort talks to the Las Vegas Review Journal about his UFC 122 bout with Yushin Okami:

"I'm not worried at all about him. I'm not worried about anyone besides myself. I'm worried about me and working on myself every day to get in the best condition, because I know when I'm in my best condition, I'm trouble."

These fighters are grappling with what I think is one of the most interesting aspects of MMA: the most formidable opponent to be overcome is the self.

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