Eric Shelton came into the year as a highly touted prospect, but knows his back is against the wall when he takes on Jenel Lausa at UFC Fight Night 121.
After two decision losses, Shelton is looking to gain a finish at on November 18 in order to preserve his job with the UFC.
"I've been too conservative my last two fights. Holding back a lot, worried about losing, then I end up losing in a decision," Shelton told Fightful.com's James Lynch. "I can take the fight anywhere. He wants to stand and strike, I can go to the ground, I can stand and strike."
One of the aforementioned losses came to Jarred Brooks at UFC 214 in July. There was a bit of bad blood heading into the fight, but since then, the two have gained a mutual respect.
"This sport for me has always been like that. He brought out a bad side of me, it's all respect for me at the end of the day. It's all business for me. He made it a little personal, but at the end of the day we fought and got it done," said Shelton.
In the full interview, Eric Shelton (10-4) discusses his upcoming fight against Jenel Lausa (7-3) at UFC Fight Night 121 on Nov. 18. Eric also talks about his loss to Jarred Brooks, his training camp for this matchup and competing outside the U.S. for the first time in his career.