“That takes time because there are things that people tell you that really do upset you,” Ivy said. “My lieutenant, Marty Cleveland, he taught me a lot about how to be patient. He really did. I can’t tell you how much he has spoken to me about this. It takes a special type of person to deal with people who are going through drug addiction, alcohol, family members getting beat up, and it’s lot of stuff.”

That’s in addition to having Christian Aguilera looking to punch him in the face on Saturday. But Ivy’s not worried about that. All he wants to do is to show why the UFC brought him here. 

“The goal is to go out and finish the opponent,” Ivy said. “But the thing in the back of my mind is to make sure you always go out there and you perform. Anything can happen, but you’ve got to go out there and perform, and as long as you do that and give it your all, people will always enjoy you, no matter what.”

So Anthony Ivy is ready for his life to change, shortly?

“Yeah, man,” he said. “This is the thing everybody dreams about. It will be life-changing for myself, my family and everybody that’s around me. I’m ready for it.”