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World Champion Quotes

We’ve collected the best World Champion Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Dana White, Nonito Donaire, Michael Bisping, Oleksandr Usyk, Jeff Hardy. Use them as an inspiration.

I think Cormier’s one of the greatest to ever do it. Two-time, two-division world champion.
Being a world champion is something I’m already proud of and can take for the rest of my life.
Nonito Donaire
I worked in factories, slaughterhouses, as an upholsterer. I did demolition work, was a postman, was a tiler, a plasterer. I even sold double-glazing door-to-door. But I always dreamed of being a world champion, first of all as a boxer.
I have nothing bad to say about Briedis. His style is a bit boring, but I respect him. Briedis is a world champion, so he has to be good.
I don’t want to go back to WWE and burn out within four or five months, and having another run as TNA world champion would feel just as good.
As the World Champion, every day is pretty much like Valentine’s Day for me – as far as hooking up with the ladies.
Once I’m world Champion we can think about what fights are fun rather than fights that need to take place.
I’ve been training super hard at the Lopez Taekwondo Academy in Houston, which belongs to my brother Jean. For me, I think confidence is the biggest thing; it’s all mental. I train with the best of the best, including my brother Steven, a five-time world champion who won Olympic gold medals.
Trout is no journeyman. He’s a former world champion, someone who has a name and he comes to fight.
I don’t think I’ll ever be out of wrestling, because I was that kid at 8 years old that dreamed of being a world champion.
A player cannot become a world champion overnight. To become a champion, a player has to sacrifice a lot and to devote much of his time practising and training.
When Vince McMahon said I was going to be a future world champion, he didn’t say when.
I’ve been world champion and number one at the same time, which is a brilliant feeling.
I lost an amateur fight where it was supposed to be my last amateur fight before going pro and people were like, ‘Oh, you think you’re going to make this? You just got knocked out as an amateur?’ And I went on to win 13 fights straight and become a world champion, the best in the world.
We dreamt of that as kids growing up. Like, main eventing, being world champion, walking down that aisle at WrestleMania as the last match, as the main event, as the headliner.
My biggest moment was winning the World Series because everyone in my town was able to feel he was a world champion.
Johnny Bench
Crossing the line and being world champion, I’ve always dreamt about it, and now I’ve done it. It’s quite a surreal feeling, but obviously very special.
I’ve had ups and downs in my career, and if you look at it as a bookmaker, the odds of me becoming a world champion were never in my favour, but I never stopped believing in myself and never stopped trying.
It was very hard when the newspapers were chasing me. It was also very weird. I know I’d just become world champion but shouldn’t they be following someone who has done something wrong?
For a long time, I felt like my identity was to fight. My identity was to be a world champion. That almost defined me.
When I was 14, I told my careers adviser that I was going to be a world champion boxer. Of course she laughed.
Before I got in the UFC, I wrote down on a piece of paper a goal that I was going to make it to the UFC in 2015 and then I’ll be the world champion before 2017 so I’m right on track. I pull out that piece of paper all the time and look at it. It’s motivation.
The way I look at it is I had to retire as world champion with my last match at WrestleMania.
I want to be the European, Olympic, Commonwealth and world champion. I want the full set.
I dreamed of becoming a world champion, I dreamed of becoming France‘s champion.
Mayweather has been hit the least out of every world champion in history and that is the art of the sport; to hit and not get hit.
I could be a world champion.
There was a question in my mind, because I am black, if the fans would accept a black world champion. ‘Bash at the Bash’ was a topsy-turvy night. Finally, when the 1-2-3 came, the fans erupted. All my questions were answered; they really did want to see me win.
I have been a world champion, I have climbed that mountain.
I was world champion, but I was never able to celebrate it. It was a joke for me.
It’s my dream to be a world champion and I will become a world champion.
I’m proud of my triumphs. I’ve dreamed of being world champion, I’ve had some difficult times and they’ve made me value the good times.
Sete Gibernau
We would have teams in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and the Middle East. That would allow us to one day crown a true world champion. Clearly we have great ambitions but we also have a wonderful product.
Ilana Kloss
At the end of the day, I want to be a world champion.
There are hundreds of young fighters whose handlers believe them to be a future world champion or the next great heavyweight or another Sugar Ray Robinson. The young men who inspire these beliefs are known as ‘prospects.’
I go from unranked to world champion in one year.
This is something nobody can take away from me. I’m a world champion. That’s a crazy feeling.
Ive won it once, and that might be enough for some people, but it isnt for me, he says. I want to do this again and again. I want to be called out as a multiple world champion, and spoken about like some of the greats of the game.
I would like it to be remembered; I would love to be World Champion one day and have my name on the list. That is the real dream – although I am sure it is the dream for pretty much all the Formula 1 drivers.
I’ve been training mixed martial arts and kickboxing so I think that will give me better overall conditioning to become a world champion.
To score in the World Cup final is not a small story, of course. Every footballer dreams of it: first to become a world champion and then, even better, to score in the final. This happened to me, and I’m glad.
The Olympics is a special event and winning is very important. For me as a world record holder and world champion, the only thing I am missing is the Olympic gold medal and that is what I want to achieve in my career.
I’m a world champion and I know the immense amount of focus that it took to become a world champion and I know the immense amount of focus that it takes to stay a world champion.
That’s what a true professional is – a true world champion, so to everybody out there listening, especially the fighters that want to fight me… they’ll get knocked out, sparko.
In the Olympics, everything goes back to square one. The world champion or the world record holder or the ninth last year are fighting for the same medal, and you have got to go there like it was the first time.
Cesar Cielo
I love short track. I competed in short track, I was a world champion in 1986 but at that point in time it wasn’t in the Olympic Games so I moved into long track. Short track is a blast to skate and it’s a blast to watch.
Bonnie Blair
I am European Games champion now as well as Olympic champion, European champion, and world champion.
I’m chasing gold. And whatever fight can get me closer to being a world champion, those are the fights that I want.
The biggest motivation for me is becoming a three-division world champion faster than any other boxer, male or female.
I’ve been asked many times, do you regret never having been the world champion, you know? I kind of laugh. I say well, you know, this business is a work. It’s like, none of those guys are ever really the world wrestling champion. The titles are props in this business.
I will be a world champion, I’m going to do it.
Whatever luck I had, I made. I was never a natural athlete, but I paid my dues in sweat and concentration and took the time necessary to learn karate and become world champion.
I wanted to be a world champion.
I do believe that ‘Aljo’ could be world champion. If you look at the fighters he’s faced and beaten, they’re high caliber people. He’s also faced and overcome adversity, including back-to-back losses in fights he could have won.
Listen, you can’t just come in to boxing and be a world champion. You’ve got to be born with it.
To me, being heavyweight world champion and Olympic sprint champion are the two greatest prizes in sport.
It’s an honour to be a world champion, and it can never be taken away from you.
I made my debut on October 10, 2008, so it’ll be seven years to the day that I could become world champion. That’s a massive night to be crowned.
From a very young age people have been touting me as a world champion. So it can be tough, playing in the spotlight and people expecting big things from you all the time.
A guy like AJ Styles is obviously a great talent and he’s going to go out there and put on a performance that’s befitting of a man who is the World Champion.
When you start boxing when you’re 7 years old, that’s your dream, to become world champion, and after that you want to become something bigger than world champion.
You work for years and years to make the Olympics, then something goes wrong and it’s all gone. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still make your mark in another way. Losing in the Olympic Trials made me that much hungrier to become a world champion as a pro.
You get these young kids who are training their whole life to go to the Olympics. To go there and not fight someone else like them but fight someone who has might won an Olympics before, been a world champion, and is just coming back to fight some kids, I think is insane.
I love being world champion.
Aljo has already beaten a former world champion in Renan Barao, and I thought he fought masterfully, using all these ranges beautifully. He’s like the Black Panther showing the world who he is.
He has been a world champion – great for him – but listen, whenever Lennox Lewis wants to come out of retirement, I’m here waiting for him because I’m the best British fighter to come out of these shores.
I want to be the world champion.
From a young age, people have been touting me as a future world champion and it’s nice to get that out of the way.
I didn’t expect one day I become world champion in the United States. I’m very proud to be together with boxing legends. It’s a dream to be in with Muhammad Ali.
It’s impossible to describe Messi. I like him so much, and I always say I feel so sad because he never won the World Cup with Argentina. It is an award he deserves because a world-class player like him must be a world champion.
I’m a grown man, a professional, and a world champion.
Carlos Molina is a great fighter. He’s a world champion. I give him all the credit for even just choosing me to fight him and giving me the opportunity. I’m going to be well-prepared, well-disciplined in the ring when it’s time to go.
I am a dreamer. And what I dream of is to become Olympic champion, world champion, world record holder.
World champion always say ‘yes please‘ – never hold back when someone need humble.
I started wrestling when I was 15 years old, and back when I was world champion, I was wrestling 7 nights a week.
Harley Race
When I started boxing, people laughed at me and said, ‘What can women do in boxing?’ I took it as a challenge. If men can do it, why can’t women? And I became a world champion before my marriage.
I was three times AAU All-American World Champion and I had rough time. I was broke, no money and everything was bad for me until WWE.
My goal is to prosper and be a world champion and make money and retire and say I did it.
I’ve experienced success, I’ve experienced failure, I’ve been a world champion, I’ve fought all over the world; I think I’ve experienced enough that I won’t get in front of a million people and get gunshy.
I’m proud of what my brother has done. His success motivates me. He’s a world champion.
Building a better life for every child is a lot harder than becoming a world champion. Both goals take dedication and commitment.
For me, being world champion, you have to put your body through these extreme tests, day in and day out. So when Sunday comes around, that’s the day when I pamper myself. I might get a massage or go to a spa.
For me it was a normality having a father who was a world champion. I grew up with that, so it was never extra pressure. And I’ve never felt the need to emerge from his shadow.
Nico Rosberg
My self-belief, really is what kept me going, I always believed I could be a great champion, a world champion.
I was world champion. For me, chess is my life. It is everything.
All my life I’ve always wanted to be a world champion.
There are plenty of massive fights out there for me, I know that, but the goals always going to become world champion.
I want to be a world champion, but I want to be the face of Livestrong.
I’ve always been working just to be a world champion and it’s a dream come true.
Yohan Blake
I’m world champion, so if I’m not ready for another fighter at 154, I don’t deserve to be world champion. That’s the way I look at it and what I firmly believe.
I was 25 years old, a world champion.
When you talk about somebody being your world champion, you couldn’t ask for a better human being than Daniel Cormier.
The ultimate goal of any athlete in any sport is to become a true world champion.
At the end of the day I’m still a four-time world champion at four different weight classes and I’ll still be in the history books.
I’m two times world champion, I’ve got nothing to prove to anybody.
Vince Russo stuck up for me in WCW when it came down to who should be world champ. From what I’ve heard, there was a meeting, and Russo stood up for me. I would not be six-time world champion if it were not for Vince Russo. I would not even be one-time world champion if it weren’t for Vince Russo.
If Messi were Brazilian, he would be a world champion.
Being a world champion again is just a step closer toward my goal. I want to be a pay-per-view star.
I’ve been laughing with my brothers about it. Paul and Stephen both won the British title before me, but I’m going to be the first world champion in the family.
I’m going to be world champion and have a belt, and people will correctly be able to say I was the best instead of I was very good.
Being a world champion is out of the ordinary.
I am dying to be a world champion, a single‘s world champion.
What it is saying is that someone who was a world champion and who takes care of himself with a 17-year rest and applies the proper training techniques and perseverance could be successful.
My shirt and my hat always say ‘World Champion’ in some language. English, Spanish, Chinese, ‘Star Wars‘ language, which is also known as Aurebesh, mermaid language.
I was the youngest world champion in history when I won the WSOP in 1989 at age 24.
To become a world champion, to defeat Anderson Silva, to accomplish my goal in one night, it was a super surreal feeling.
You don’t forget who the real Iron Sheik is. Who the real world champion, hall of fame Jesus of the twitter is. Only one Iron Sheik.
Being a world champion was great, don’t get me wrong, but it also caused me a lot of problems.
Of course, to be WWE world champion is definitely on my list. Anybody who is not reaching for that proverbial brass ring is doing something wrong if they’re in the WWE.
I came from nothing and I have a chance to do something that happens once in a lifetime. There are only a couple people who can wake up and say that they’re a world champion, a multimillionaire, and a successful superstar.
I feel like it’s harder because everyone knows I’m the three-time world champion – it’s almost like people are waiting for something bad to happen.
Only one guy can be world champion, and so if everyone else thought they were failures you’d have no one left on the grid.
Mark Webber
What was great about Fischer is that when he became world champion is that chess was being covered everywhere. It was in all the major newspapers, it was on TV.
I think I could have become an outstanding professional baseball player, but I don’t think I could have reached the heights that I have in football – being one of the very top players in the game, being a world champion.
I want people to look at me as a four-time world champion, in two weight categories, as a down-to-earth man of the people, not the joke that I had become.
Of course I will turn professional at some stage. Then I want to be a world champion and finish up a legend and be out of the sport by the time I am 27.
When I first came in, I won a world championship pretty fast. Then I worked with John Morrison and Daniel Bryan, became King of the Ring, went back to ‘SmackDown,’ became the world champion again, won the Rumble, did a lot of things, went away after an injury.
It’s not been a bad life, and I do know that I could never have been a world champion. All I ever wanted to do was be the best I could with what I had, which wasn’t very much, really. And that’s what I think I did.
You never let somebody come from outside the business, have their way with the business, and then leave the next day and laugh at you. How the hell does David Arquette become World Champion?
I’m looking at the belt on the top of the bag across from me, and it still hasn’t fully hit me. There are multiple stages to all of this, but I know that every time I walk into a gym or go to a new locker room since I won the title, I’ve felt like the world champion.
This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid… I’m passionate about being a world champion, believe me.
You can be world champion, but ranked No 6 in the world, with there being four champions.
Being a fighter is no joke. Year in and year out. Especially as a world champion. All eyes are on you, and you can’t go where you want, eat what you want.
I turned pro to be a world champion. Obviously that’s the first goal, but I want to be the best in the world.
It’s a dream of mine to be a mixed martial arts world champion.
I know deep down I’m destined to be a world champion and maybe it’s to be attained in the most prestigious division in the UFC at welterweight.
When I see Big E, I clearly see someone who could be world champion. The guy is on another level.
I’m a two-time world champion in jiu-jitsu. I can try to submit you.
When I was about 12, I realised I wasn’t going to make it as a top footballer, but I won my first British ABA title at 13. From then on, I wanted to be a world champion.
I turned pro as a 20-year-old, won a world title a year later, and remained a world champion ever since.
I want to stay active and busy. I don’t just want to fight a no-name opponent. I want a decent name or a big name or a world champion, somebody who is going to challenge me. That’s just it.
It’s a huge deal to have the chance to be a four-division world champion at 26 years old.
I’m a five-time world champion in two different weight classes. Man, it’s amazing.
As a World Champion, it is important that you face the #1 contender. That is what makes it sport and not entertainment; otherwise, what are the girls fighting at 145 lbs. training to work towards if they know they will never be given a title shot, even if they become the best in the world?
In 2017, I boxed in front of a home crowd in Sheffield and became the WBA super-middleweight world champion. After four attempts I had finally fulfilled my childhood dream, and the experience was as great as I had always imagined it would be. It was without doubt the best moment of my career.
It is my goal to be world champion.
It’s my job to show up, make weight, and prepare to be a world champion if that opportunity presents itself.
Who would have ever thought that, within a couple months of getting into the WWE, that I’d be wrestling in the main event for the world championship? Then, nine months after getting here, actually being the world champion.
I trained and trained and went up against Kurt, then being a world champion in ’94, and after that I did Tommy‘s tour and then my tour and all this stuff and just trying to deal with it all. And now, I’ve just kind of backed off a little.
Elvis Stojko
I think that the World Champion should try to defend the quality of play more than anyone else.
Boris Spassky
I want people to say that Jack Swagger/Jake Hager is a world champion in MMA and in pro wrestling.
Everything I do is for my parents, None of this matters without them. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be here… If it wasn’t for them, if it wasn’t for the structure and the backbone that I have, I wouldn’t be able to mess up and keep coming back and sit in front of you as a world champion.
I would love to end my career as World Champion.
To have a heavyweight world champion from Manchester is something you can only dream of.
Can’t fight destiny. It’s my destiny to be a world champion.
I love the people to see me as gold medal, Hall of Fame, world champion that knows how to make the world news and how to come from oldest counrty in the world to be most famous Iranian in the history.
You think that after becoming world champion, you’re going to be a massive superstar with lots of lucrative bouts against great fighters, but that never materialised for me.
When I told people my plan was to knock everyone out in the amateurs and become world champion as quickly as I could as a professional, a lot of people said it was impossible.
My goal and path is always to get to the mountaintop and be a world champion, and leave a fighting legacy.
My ultimate dream is just to become world champion, and not only once. So that’s my dream, and it doesn’t matter with which team it is.
I always wanted to be a world champion, all my life. At 13, I told my mom I would be a world champion.
After having been at WWE and being somebody who was being groomed to be a world champion, I ran afoul of some politics and spent three months on a losing streak. I had a confrontation with one of the executives.
I didn’t have to win, and winning wasn’t important to me. Being world champion wasn’t important to me. What was important to me was entertaining the audience, and whether that meant winning, losing, singing, or whatever it was on the live show we were doing every week, which was awesome, I was game for it.
Every fighter goes into the gym to be a world champion.
On a week night I’ll be with the family. I’ve got a six-year-old brother, Solomon, he’s gonna be a boxer for sure, a world champion in the making. We talk boxing and just bounce off each other’s energy.
I didn’t think every day, ‘I’m world champion, I’m world champion,’ not at all.
I remember my first World Championships. I got zero turns, and I got turned multiple times, and I was still a World Champion.
My parents can’t always travel with me because my little brother is a world champion on dirt bikes.
By 2002 we might be championship challengers. But I want to race fast. I want to become world champion myself.
Ralf Schumacher
Do you have any ambitions outside racing? My main ambition at the moment, whether inside or outside racing, is to become Formula 1 World Champion.
Kimi Raikkonen
I made a prediction when I was 11 that I would be world champion by the time I was 21, and I did it.
My money thing, I never wanted to have my motivation to be money, that’s not why I got into this sport, I got into it to be a world champion.
At 19, I was European champion, and at 21, I was world champion. Let’s just hope Amir Khan can follow in the same footsteps. I believe he can do it 100%; he’s a fantastic talent.
At six years old, I told my dad that I would be world champion, and on Nov. 26, 2011, I am.
To not only be a cancer survivor, but to return to the sport of boxing, because, I mean, this is not basketball, this is not baseball, this is not a sport you play. This is a sport where you can die in the ring. So it says a lot to me to come back and be a world champion in that aspect.
Anyone who is not trying to be the world champion is wasting their time.
When I become world champion, what do I need? I need opponents, I need someone to pick a venue, negotiate a date, and I need a promoter.
All these nice people saying I’m going to be world champion won’t make me any faster, you have to believe it yourself.
I’m a world champion, I’ve beaten everyone I’ve been in with and I want to test myself.
My dream as a child was being a world champion.
Everyone wants to be a world champion, but when you take that first punch it will tell you if you really want to be in this sport or not. For me, there was no doubt.
When I first started boxing, I said that I’d fight in The Olympics, become world champion, and retire undefeated.
I wanted to be a world champion of some sorts since I got into the industry, when I was 15 years old, and I was able to do that.
I never put it to where I say, ‘I’m just this big pay-per-view star,’ or ‘I wanna be the No. 1 pay-per-view star that got all the ratings.’ No, I was just like, ‘I’m gonna be a world champion. That’s what I’m gonna be.’
With persistence, dedication, and especially with the hand of God, I came to be recognized as the best player in the world, world champion, among many other important titles in the history of football.
Basically my whole life revolves around soccer. I don’t take many vacations. Everything just gets put on the back burner because of my training. I miss out on a lot of weddings and family functions. But at the end of the day, I’m sitting here as a world champion, and it feels pretty good.
I do Thai boxing Mondays, jujitsu Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Wednesdays I do boxing with Mark – he was a world champion at one point. I absolutely love it. I actually have a punching bag outside in my garden. I’m obsessed with working out. I eat like a pig, so it kind of makes up for that.
It’s a very slippery slope when you have a world champion boxer fighting an MMA guy for the sake of money, and he can’t knock him out in the first round. He has to make sure he carries him a little bit.
I want to entertain the fans and put on great fights and have ‘Fight of the Nights’ and have exiting matchups, but at the same time I want to be the undisputed world champion.
I feel like everybody’s who fighting, young fighters and still learning and growing, that should be their goal – to be the UFC world champion.
The boys, they are laughing: ‘Oh, you are boxing. Very funny.’ But I always challenge when people are laughing – ‘I’ll show you one day.’ After getting five times world champion, they are all quiet. And they respect me.
I didn’t become world champion to fight Jimmy Kelly.
I got to world champion, No 1-rated fighter in the division and managed to earn from the defences.
I would like to be the youngest UFC world champion. I believe I can accomplish that.
I think a lot of people clamored for me to be a world champion or to be in this position but that I needed to be more serious and fit a certain mold. One of my things as a performer is that what I learned in our journey was, honestly, it was so much more rewarding to do it our way.