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Yves Edwards Still Wants to Earn a UFC title Shot

December 9, 2012 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

MMAjunkie spoke with UFC lightweight fighter Yves Edwards (42-18-1, MMA; 10-6, UFC) following his win on the FX preliminary card for UFC on Fox 5 against Jeremy Stephens. Edwards knocked out Stephens in the first round. The longtime veteran is now 36 years old but still thinks he has a lot left to offer in the sport. Here are the highlights:

His reaction when Ben Henderson asked to take a picture with him: “I’m like, man, you’re the lightweight champ! That stuff is huge. It’d probably be bigger if I was retired and he wasn’t the guy who had something that I still wanted to get, but still. That’s huge to me.”

Regarding how addictive the game of fighting is and that it is hard to stop: “The thing about this game is, it’s pretty addictive. You get going, and you can’t stop. Something’s wrong with fighters, first of all it’s kind of like, if you’re a pedophile? You can’t really fix those guys. That’s just what they are. There are some people who are serial killers. You can’t fix those guys. There’s a lot of guys out there that have to fight. There are some people in this, and they’re not fighters. It’s not the majority, but those guys are there. They’re good athletes and they know how to make money, but they’re not fighters. Most of the guys in this, they have to fight. They don’t have a choice. I’m one of those guys.”

What Edwards still wants to do for the remainder of his career before it ends: “But when I think about my career, I still want that shot. I understand the window is closing and I’m getting older and I don’t have as much time as a guy like [Henderson], but at the same time, I want to get a title shot. I want to earn that.”

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