The Ultimate Fighter 6 winner Mac Danzig very likely salvaged his UFC career earlier this month at UFC 124 when he knocked out durable MMA veteran Joe Stevenson with a picture-perfect left hook in the first round of their main card fight. Prior to that bout, Danzig had gone 4-1 in his last five, preventing a four-fight losing streak with a decision win over Justin Bucholz. Speaking during a recent appearance on MMAWeekly Radio, Danzig explained that he had been suffering from general burnout with his MMA career and only recently rediscovered his motivation.
“You’ve got to look inside yourself every now and then and say, ‘What am I? What defines me? What am I doing?’ And the truth is, I’m a fighter,” Danzig explained. “Whether I like it or not, that’s what I do. This is my job and I’ve got to take it seriously. And if I do I’m going to be successful. That’s my deal now.”
Despite the impressive win over Stevenson, Danzig realizes that he has much work yet to do in order to stay on top of his game.
“There’s definitely work ahead to be done. I need to improve,” Danzig asserted. I need to continue to improve and become a better fighter, and, I’ve already started, but keep learning. When you stop learning, when you stop being a student of the game and you stop learning your craft, that’s when things fall apart.”
Possibly the world’s most combative Vegan, Danzig also pledged not to slack off now that he has put on in the win column; the win has actually rekindled his motivation and he is looking to emerge as a major player in the UFC’s lightweight division in this coming year.
“This win, instead of giving me a huge break and wanting to take all this time off, it’s actually motivated me to get in there again,” said Danzig. “I’m excited. I’m riding the wave of this win, and I’m going to keep going and put a string of them together and re-establish myself. That’s the goal.”
With the win over Stevenson, Danzig improved his record to 20-8-1.