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McCray Feels the Pressure Before UFC 122

Written on November 10, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The German native fighter Kris McCray faces a lot of pressure in returning to his hometown and regaining strength after a loss. He will face Carlos Eduardo Rocha on a preliminary fight in UFC 122: Germany.

Going back to the country where he was born and a rise after a loss brings big pressure for TUF 11 runner-up on this Saturday’s in Oberhausen, Germany.

“It’s a lot of pressure,” the German-born McCray said. “I’m over there in my hometown. I came from a good camp and everything. I want to perform well for my friends and family. So it’s a lot of pressure.”

Hours before flying to Germany, McCray stopped at the AOL studios in NYC to discuss his welterweight debut against . There’s nothing much to say about Rocha except for his fights in Germany with unknown opponents.

“You can make the argument he hasn’t fought anyone but I’m still approaching him like he’s the best jiu-jitsu guy in the world,” McCray said. “This is a really important fight for me I can get back in there and get in the swing of things after the loss at the finale.”

On being a responsible athlete: “Everywhere you go, all walks of life, I think you have to be thinking of your responsibility as a man, as a professional athlete, and as an employee of the show. You’re representing somebody along with yourself. You are a role model to somebody.”

On being a Live Opener: “The love is I’m on the card. As long as I’m fighting it doesn’t matter where. I love fighting first and I get to enjoy the rest of the show. Before I was fighting, I was a fan.”

On his mother’s interest: “When I got out my mom became my expert in MMA. It was funny, I told her I was going to train with Frankie Edgar and she was like, ‘Oh, he’s a Libra, his wife’s a Scorpio…'”

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