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Yves Edwards Says Being Homesick Motivated Him For UFC on FOX 5

December 9, 2012 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Yves Edwards spoke last night following his win over Jeremy Stephens at UFC on FOX 5. Check out the highlights:

On being motivated to win: “I don’t know if it added motivation, but training for the fight with Jeremy the first time for the October bout, I left home. I live in Austin, Texas. My family is in Texas. My wife is in Texas. I left home in August for that. I got to Minnesota, and it didn’t happen. I went home for a week and then left again, and I’m not going to be home until tomorrow. So that was motivation enough for me to try to finish, to try to go out there and get it.”

On getting to fight Stephens after their first fight was scuttled in October: “When Cholish got hurt and Jeremy was the replacement, I was happy because it was someone I had trained for and someone I had prepared for. I wanted to get at him. I felt like he took a lot of time away from me and my family, and it’s just kind of how I motivated myself. It has nothing to do with any malicious intent towards him or anything like that. It’s just I felt like I was away from the people I loved the most for a long time, and most of it was because it was his fault.”

On being thirty-six: “I still feel pretty young. I still feel strong. I’m still getting better every day. I’m just glad to be around. Being 36 doesn’t mean much to me. I still feel like a kid inside. I haven’t been on the wrong side of a lot of wars, so I’m going to stick around as long as I can.”

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