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This is an excerpt of a story from ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue 2014, which hits newsstands July 11. Subscribe today!
I’m an alien. Being able to do what I do in the ring and out of the ring is evidence that I’m not from this world. I’m less than seven months away from being 50 years old and representing a sport that normally has “young” written all over it. To be where I’m at now — competing against fighters who could be my kids and are half my age — any other reason would be suspect. But I’m not suspect. I am the alien.