“I am very nervous that Carlos Condit will win on Saturday night, and that I won’t be able to fight Nick Diaz this summer. I feel bad, it is weird that I want him to lose, but I have never wanted to fight anyone as much as I want to fight Diaz. I don’t truly hate him as a person. I don’t know that he is a bad guy, but I hate what he brings to the sport with the disrespect and the unprofessional things he says and does. It is sort of a professional hatred. He has been nothing but disrespectful and arrogant towards me. During UFC 137 (week) I felt like I had to walk around Las Vegas with my fists ready (to punch Diaz) because every time I came across him he wanted to fight there and then. Every time the elevator opened (in the hotel) I needed to be ready to fight in case he stepped in. I was on edge all week. This guy is crazy. I am used to hearing (smack) talk from opponents, Matt Serra did it, Dan Hardy did it, and Josh Koscheck did it, but with Diaz he has taken it to another level. He and his coach (Cesar Gracie) have called me a coward and tried to disrespect my accomplishments. All that has done though is make me determined to beat him up. He will bring out the best in me, I will be 100% focused, like a bomb-expert defusing a time bomb. When my back is against the wall and I have no choice but to win, when I cannot lose to this person under any cost, that is when I am most dangerous.”
- Georges St-Pierre told Fcfighter.com that he hoped for Nick Diaz to defeat Carlos Condit at UFC.143.
“I feel the same about both of them; I think they’re great fighters. I think one’s a more respectable athlete, one’s a more respectable martial artist, stand-up fighter, I guess, if you will. Carlos versus Georges. I think Georges is a strength athlete that really stands out here. Especially against all the wrestlers he’s been fighting, he’s stronger than all of them. They’re having a strong guy competition and he’s the strongest one. I don’t fight like that and neither does Carlos and I don’t think these guys enjoy fighting that style of fighter.”
- Diaz explained the difference, in his opinion, between Condit and St-Pierre to mmafighting.com
“I’m interested in the outcome of the Diaz vs. Condit fight on Saturday night. Should be a good fight. Hopefully Georges is out for more than 10 months and they can make that Interim titleholder fight twice. Hopefully he never comes back. ACL surgeries can take a lot out of you. They say you truly don’t recover after those. I’ve had friends who have had those and they say they’re not the same so hopefully it equals out the playing field and we can get another crack at Georges.”
- Josh Koscheck talked to mmafighting.com about Condit vs. Diaz, and the return of St-Pierre.
“I started a campaign on Twitter and Facebook. I always ran after my dreams. I always went after everything I wanted. I always set my goals in my mind, and went to achieve them. I set the goal to fight again in the UFC. Because my motivation is to fight the best fighters. And I succeeded through my efforts, my training. My friends and my team helping me. Werdum Combat Team, Kings MMA. Everybody helped me a lot. Seven thousand people tweeted Dana White asking him to bring me back to the UFC. The fans want to see me back in there.”
- Fabricio Werdum admitted on UFC.com that his played a big role in reinstating The Brazilian’s UFC employment.
“Between Jacare, Luke and myself, I think that we could take on seven out of the top 10 guys in the UFC in our respective weight class, but almost all of the media and the fans disagree with us. I’ve said it my entire career that I just want to fight the best guys. Now I add the caveat that now I want to fight the guys that everyone else thinks are the best fighters.”
- Tim Kennedy expressed to Sports Illustrated the rank of combatants he desires to compete against.
“I train harder when I’m fighting a striker, I really like training Muay Thai, Boxing. I guess I can do a good fight. I’m a good fighter in the end of the fights, I can hold my impulse and do better later, I was born a counter attacker and that’s how I have greater chances to get the knockout. Tito Ortiz came to strike against me, and I got the knockout. Cane tried to stand-up and I got to knock him out. I can do a good fight against striker. It’s not because I don’t know wrestling. Yes, I’m actually a lot better defending the takedowns, after I left Pride I had to adjust because the rules and the cage are different. I guess I can fight anywhere, but I rather stand-up because fans dig the knockouts and I’m a fighter who likes giving the KO to the fans. I’ll go for the knockout until the end, absolutely. I’m moving forward. I’ll try to do a good fight to be in a good spot on this ranking. I’ll go for the knockout and I’ll stay among the top three of the division.”
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira told Tatame his intentions are to finish Alexander Gustafsson and UFC on Fuel 2 in Sweden.
. “To err is human and it is no shame to admit that you made a mistake and change your opinion. I think it is great for the referees (the new rule) and give us an opportunity the take a better look in what happened and finally make our decision. The athletes work so hard to fight at the UFC that they deserve it. [Silva] showed class and maturity. He could have made it a circus with the interview after the fight, but understood the situation and behaved like a real gentleman. He is a great kid. [Joe Rogan] was doing his job and it was my mistake of staying there in the middle. I should had left before that.”
- Mario Yamasaki explained the mistake he made at UFC 142 to Radio PVT that cost Erick Silva a victory over Carlo Prater, and the sequence of events following the bout involving Joe Rogan.
“Fedor Emelianenko, my favorite of all time…He’s always been the underdog, he’s always the smallest guy and he always comes out victorious. He just stayed around too long in the age of high performance [-enhancing] drugs, bigger athletes. I’ve just never seen an athlete like him, as far as a fighting athlete, that beat the odds so many times. From a guy that just loves him from a human perspective, I don’t want to see him get hurt anymore, you know? He didn’t get hurt, but those guys could have hurt him, the big guy that was hitting him, “Bigfoot” (Antonio Silva). I don’t like to see that. A guy that’s been in there so long and he’s not the same as he used to be and you see him getting beat up, oh man that’s a bad feeling.”
- Mike Tyson was recently a guest on Inside MMA and the former WBC champ talked about his favorite mixed martial artist of all time.
“This Overeem thing is a weird thing. For me to speak on it, I don’t really know enough about it. I guess he went to XS, a club here in Las Vegas, and he had to use the restroom. This is my knowledge of what happened: He went to go use the restroom, security was going to take him, he said he didn’t need security, and sure enough, he goes over there — and this is his side of the story — some lady started yelling and swinging at him and everything else. I don’t think he’s in that much trouble. This isn’t a situation where he beat someone up or did anything crazy. I don’t think that’s the case. I’m planning on Alistair Overeem fighting [Junior dos Santos].”
- Dana White commented during the UFC pre-fight press conference on Alistair Overeem’s legal troubles stemming from an incident in a Las Vegas nightclub.
“Mike Pierce, I knew he was a tough kid coming into the fight, but to be honest, I really didn’t have the urge to fight him because he is down there on the ladder. It was a lose-lose for me you know, but I am down for challenges and I found a way to win. It’s not the prettiest thing but you can’t have knock out every time. To the crowd out there and everybody who hates me, ***k yourselves. I’m sick of being nice you know, I’m sick of it. You know, I go out of my way to be nice to fans, I go out of my way to let them get to know me, but, you want to keep booing? I’ll keep being a dick. You want to come at me, I’ll come at you. Don’t come up to me and get an autograph from me then. Stay away, don’t come up to me. You know, I know I got fans out there, but all these pricks out there at the Mandalay Bay tonight, I’ll walk down the street and they will all be like, “Oh Koscheck!” F*** you! I’m definitely ready to take on the winner of tonight’s fight. I think it will be a different matchup than tonight with Pierce. I think I’ll be able to let my hands go and use a lot of wrestling and just go at it you know. I think the winner is going to fight again, so why not let Josh Koscheck have that fight?”
- Koscheck talked to UFC.com about defeating Mike Pierce and his future tendencies.
“I’m not going to accept the fact that this was a loss. I’ve lost fights before, where, uh, ya know, like, I’m not going to accept that either. That ain’t right. I pushed him back the whole fight. I walked him down. I got the take down. I’m the guy who went out on top. Had I thought I wasn’t ahead, I’d have chinned in and finished that arm lock. Hey Carlos is a great guy, I’m happy for him and his family. I think I’m done with this MMA. It’s been great out here. I’ve had a good career. You guys pay me way too much. But I don’t think I’m going to get enough to keep going in this. It’s been a good time. You know Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Good job Carlos; you’re the man, bro.”
- Diaz commended Condit, and announced his retirement from the sport in a UFC 143 post-fight interview after the UFC 143 main event.
“Nick one hundred percent believes he won the fight. I think once he goes home, relaxes and calms down … Nick Diaz is a fighter, I don’t see Nick Diaz retiring. But, who knows? It’s one of those things, too, this isn’t one of those sports where you want to be half in and half out. ‘I don’t know what I wanna do’ — if that’s the way you feel, you probably should retire.”
- White said at the UFC 143 post-fight press conference that he is not sure what to think about Diaz claiming retirement.
“This is just another step toward my ultimate goal of being among the best mixed martial artists in the world. [Nick Diaz] was talking, I was landing punches, you know? I think I was winning. No matter how much he talked, I was hitting him hard, I was hitting him solid. That’s what I came here to do: I didn’t come here to talk. From the very beginning, I broke that leg down. I chopped his leg, chopped his leg, chopped his leg, so even if he had the cardio, he didn’t have the wheels. I’ve got a lot of work to do, and a lot more improvements to be made. Georges St. Pierre is a true champion, he’s the best in the world. It’s huge.”
- Condit talked about winning the UFC interim welterweight belt on UFC.com.