The most pertinent part of the interview is his candid opinion of his fighting prowess. Something I've been trying to say. He's a blue collar fighter who happens to be the champion. I don't think any combatant wants to fight a protracted battle.
"I don't have the power of Rampage Jackson, the athleticism of Roy Jones, and accuracy of Anderson Silva."
It's a testament of his modesty.
Marcus Aurelius: Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here?
Maximus: For the glory of the Empire, sire.
Baked, not fried... the healthy choice.