Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 6/20/12
I didn't really think too much of fighting a Brazilian in Brazil until I started doing interviews ahead of the fight. I thought taking a rematch with Wanderlei Silva -- I beat him in a classic fight at UFC 99 three years ago -- would be a good fight to get me back up there in the middleweight division. But now I'm starting to realize it's a bigger deal than I first thought. Still, it's great to be able to check Brazil off my to-do list on Saturday, as I've yet to fight in this country and it's something I've always wanted to do. Right now I'm all about completing remaining goals, and fighting Brazil is definitely one of those goals. I've fought in Northern Ireland, southern Ireland and Germany and here I am in Brazil about to fight here, too. Any time you go into an opponent's territory you have to stand up and be counted, perhaps even raise your game to that next level. It seems as if the whole arena is against you, and that kind of scrutiny can either make or break a fighter. If...
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