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In Their Own Words: The Week’s Noteworthy MMA Quotes

UFC orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Sanders

“In this particular case, you had a bad fracture occur. Fortunately it occurred outside the joints. So having occurred outside the joint, when the fracture heals, the bone will reassume its original strength. In addition to it achieving its original strength, he will also have a titanium rod that is 11.5 millimeters in diameter shoring up that area as well.”
- Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC’s orthopedic surgeon who performed the hour-long surgery on Anderson Silva, detailed the fracture to The Daily Telegraph.

“The biggest thing that he’s going to face is the aspect of, we’re human warriors and gladiators, so to speak – we make our living getting in the cage and going to war. So he’s going to have that question – ‘My body failed me. Is that a sign for me? Is that a sign for me to leave this alone?’ He’s going to have doubts about the whys.

“The big thing with me was, ‘Why me, why now?’ Only God knows those answers.”
- Corey Hill, a “TUF 5″ participant who suffered the same injury as Silva, shed some light on the recovery via

“At the hospital, Anderson told me ‘I will be back, master. I will be back.  I told him ‘yeah, you’ll be back home to recover and rest’. And he said ‘I will be back, master.’ He’s a fighter. He has six months to recover, heal and then decide what he’s going to do next.

“He has everything to come back to fighting if he wants. He has a good head to handle all the pressure from the UFC through all these years. Anderson will decide that. He just broke a leg, he has a lot of things to think now. He has nothing left to prove inside the Octagon. But if he decides to fight again, we will be there to help him.”
- Silva’s coach, Pedro Rizzo, claimed the former UFC middleweight champ will return to fighting in an interview with

“I don’t like that his leg got broken. It’s bittersweet on that, but I felt I was completely dominating the fight. If anything, him breaking his leg stopped me from putting on more of a show…. It’s a tough injury to come back from. I honestly would feel bad to fight him again. I know he’s going to be a little hesitant to kick me. He has to worry about getting knocked out. I’ve dropped him twice, knocked him out once. And I don’t know if it’d even be a fair fight to take.”
- Chris Weidman, the fighter responsible for dismantling Silva twice, told the Los Angeles Times he feels he has a serious advantage if the two combatants were ever to meet again.

“If you think of all of the things you see from entertainers and professional athletes – DUI, steroid use, wild parties, drug rehab, multiple extramarital affairs and on and on. Or just think of the average 26-year-old. If you’re a parent and the WORST thing anyone can say about your 26-year-old child is that he or she says “Fuck” and didn’t shake someone’s hand, you ought to go to mass, light candles, get down on your knees and say a prayer of thanks.”
- Dr. Ann Maria Rousey DeMars, mother of UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, utilized her blog to provide thoughts on the champ’s antics following her UFC 168 victory.

“Wherever I am in the rankings doesn’t matter.  Put someone in front of me who leads to the title, and I’ll beat them.”
- A confident Michael Johnson talked to about his title ambitions.

“I am thrilled that UFC is here in Singapore now. It is great for the sport of MMA in Asia for UFC to throw events here. The truth is that everyone around the world owes a lot to Lorenzo (Fertitta) and Dana (White) for the rise and globalization of MMA.”
- Evolve MMA founder Chatri Sityodtong admitted to that he owes much China’s MMA success to a couple of Americans.

“I certainly hope a lot of Koreans come out and cheer me on.  In Milwaukee, I was fighting in my opponent’s adopted hometown. So when I walked out it was boos, and when I knocked him out it was silence! It was certainly an experience, but it wouldn’t hurt to hear a few cheers when I walk out!”
 Hyun Gyu Lim, who shared the main event slot in a defeat against Tarec Saffiedine at UFN 34, talked to about anticipating more fan support when competing in Singapore.

“This was my first fight in almost a year, and in the past year I even thought about quitting MMA a couple of times. That’s why I was very nervous and when I won, I had a lot of tension. I’m looking at this fight as just the beginning. I’m looking to go into America and fight on bigger pay-per-view shows.”
- Tatsuya Kawajiri, who’s long-overdue UFC debut happened at UFN 34 with a rear-naked choke submission victory against Sean Soriano, admitted through translator at the UFN 39 post-fight press conference  that he nearly walked away from MMA.

“He exaggerated for a fact. As I see it, he could have returned. He didn’t return, I believe, because I was making things hard for him since I figured him out. … In truth, he played it up to some extent. But there’s no room for opinion because the rule is clear: Strikes to the back of the head are illegal. My intent was to soften him up after I stifled his takedown attempt. I made a mistake.”
- After being disqualified for illegal elbows in his UFN 34 match against Kiichi Kunimoto, Luiz Dutra stated to that he didn’t agree with his opponent’s theatrics.  

“You know, I was given the opportunity to fight for the title. That’s all I think I ever wanted was just to hear out of Joe Silva’s mouth, ‘Hey you’re getting the title shot’. That lets you know right there that you were considered to be one of the best in the world ever. And so, that’s something that I can take to my kids and I’m cool with.”
- An already grateful Josh Thomson talked to about the possibility of losing UFC No. 1 lightweight contender status.

“I’m not sure how many of you have seen the show, but some yoga instructor got through. That was not the UFC’s doing. I believe that was part of the TV show – he was from the hometown – and somehow that guy snuck under the radar.

“That was a decision I had to make. If you haven’t watched it, I won’t ruin it, but one of the coaches had to go and put a little hurt on him and let him feel what punches with four-ounce gloves feel like it.”
- Cung Le talked at the UFN 34 Q & A about what’s in store for “TUF: China.”

“I’m taking my shower after the fight. I’m in my suit and tie, after that, they passed by, took the belt and they left with it, without even telling me. I have the belts I won before, but I don’t have the one from my last fight.”
- Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre explained to Infoman that someone snatched his shine following his UFC 167 title bout against Johny Hendricks.

“The dust hasn’t settled exactly so I wouldn’t normally do this now…but it feels like it’s the right time: I am retiring from MMA.”
- Quinn Mulhern announced his retirement via his Facebook account following a loss at UFN 34.

Twitter MMA: Best of the Week for Dec 29 – Jan 5

Below are some of the best tweets of the week from mixed martial artists and personalities of the MMA community.  Tweets including a link that isn’t displayed have been hyperlinked, therefore, you can simply click on the tweet to view the attached link.

Quinn Mulhern retires from MMA following UFN 34 loss

Mittrione vs. Jordan, plus two other bouts set for “TUF China” Finale–mma.html

Video: UFN 34 post-fight press conference, bonus winners

“Ultimate Fight Night 34″ took place Saturday from Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.  The event featured a main event between former Strikeforce combatant Tarec Saffiedine and Hyun Gyu Lim.

Click here to watch the post-fight press conference in its entirety.

Mark Fischer, Managing Director of UFC Asia, presided over the UFC Singapore post-fight press conference and announced the night’s $50,000 bonuses:

Russell Doane won for Submission of the Night, while his fellow Hawaiian Max Holloway earned Knockout of the Night. Main eventers Saffiedine and Lim scored Fight of the Night honors for their five-round barnburner, which Saffiedine won by decision

Holloway and Doane attended the press conference alongside Royston Wee, Singapore’s first UFC fighter, and Japanese MMA legend Tatsuya Kawajiri, who both picked up wins in their UFC debuts. Lim arrived late, partially carried by his cornermen, while Saffiedine did not finish backstage medicals in time to attend.

Lim admitted that his corner considered throwing in the towel after the fourth round, as the repeated leg kicks left him unable to stand; but he felt that being in the main event was such a good opportunity that he could not quit. In fact, he went on to launch a last-minute flurry that nearly finished Saffiedine.

Doane announced that he plans to buy a dog with his bonus.

Story-Gastelum set for UFC 171

Erik Koch moves to lightweight, meets Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 170

John Hathaway vs. Dong Hyun Kim main event ‘TUF: China’ finale

Chiappe-Baghdad, McIness-Ring set for MFC 39

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