“He clearly won that fight. I’ve told him, when he lost before, that he has to let it go. But this fight was clear he won. I was shocked; we were all in disbelief, especially with the scores that they read. Every judge had Nick losing that first round. It takes two to make a dog fight and one fighter running away does not make it a dog fight. In my opinion, I don’t think the judges like Nick. He talks in the ring and Nick slapped Carlos at one point in the face and told him to quit running. The judges have never liked Nick in Vegas, they don’t like his attitude. He nearly had to kill B.J. Penn (at UFC 137) to earn that decision. I think they think he is disrespectful and they are going to find a way to go against him. I don’t know what fight they were looking at. I literally thought they had mixed up the fighters names when they read the score. Everybody was confident that Nick won that fight.
“I haven’t talked to him about it (retiring). I would hate to see that. He is not just fighting his opponent; he is fighting the judges that do not like him. The whole judging criteria is so flawed, they don’t answer to no one they are not reviewed and they will never be fired. They are making decisions that are ruining the sport and are ridiculous and no one is going to get them out of there. You have incompetent judges that do not even know anything about this sport. The criteria makes no sense and it is insane. I can understand Nick’s frustration. We can have a rematch; sure, set up a rematch, but if it is with the same judges how are we going to win? I don’t know how they had him losing that first round. After the fight, an actual official from Nevada came up to me and told me, you should have Nick box, because in boxing, they will still rob you, but he is still going to walk away with millions and millions of dollars. ”
- Cesar Gracie was a guest on The MMA Hour, and he gave his thoughts on the judges’ decision to award Carlos Condit the unanimous decision victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 143.
“I’ve said it many times. In the evolution of this sport right now, one of the big problems we’re having right now is judging and reffing. It’s one of the things that drives me crazy and attention needs to be paid to scoring and reffing. First of all, it affects guys careers as far as legacies go. Jon Jones? Jon Jones should be undefeated right now but he’s not, he’s got a loss on his record and there’s tons of guys in the UFC that have those. There’s guys who’ve absolutely, clearly won fights and lost on the judges’ scorecards. Nobody’s perfect. There’s always gonna be problems. But the judging and the reffing is so bad in mixed martial arts, it drives me crazy. The fans hate it too and it hurts the sport. These athletic commissions really need to tighten up and start working on educating their refs and judges.”
- Dana White spoke about the judges and referees in MMA on UFC Tonight.
“Going back to the Diaz/Condit fight, my point about missing things, is I watched the fight at home and when I watched the fight at home, I had a slightly different opinion. When I watched it live I thought that Carlos Condit won it. In the fourth round I said that Condit was winning this fight and when I said that, I was a little bit out of school, because on the scorecards maybe necessarily he wasn’t winning, in my head even, but, there was a trend in round three and four where Condit was scoring way more than Diaz was, that’s why I was saying that Condit was winning that fight. The bottom line is when I watched it at home I gave Nick Diaz round one, round two and round five. At home when I watched it, I thought Nick Diaz won that fight.”
- Joe Rogan stated on The Rogan Experience that he believes Diaz defeated Condit.
“Japan is an important market for us, it was a place that was huge at one time. Some of the greatest fights that ever happened in MMA have happened in Japan. And I’ve always said, that huge rivalry between us and PRIDE, it was some of the funnest moments of my life. It was actually fun. If you look back throughout history, there’s only one show that I have ever said was a competitor to the UFC and it was PRIDE. It was the only show that I would ever put on the same level and put on a pedestal, that was the same as the UFC.”
- White talked to Telegraph.co.uk about the humorous rival between the UFC and Pride that took place prior to Zuffa buying the Japanese organization.
“To retire as UFC champion and to have defended the belt in Japan? Oh man, that would have been perfect. Believe me, I still want to retire as champion. I want to hold the belt once more. I guess if I had won that Jon Jones fight and if the Japan show wasn’t next then there would have been a very good chance I would have retired already. It would have been a great time to bow out. But I almost certainly would have stayed around to fight in Japan anyway, to defend the belt. Then if I would have successfully defended it on this [UFC 144] show, I definitely would be retiring – and retiring a very happy man too!”
- Quinton “Rampage” Jackson talked to Fighter’s Only about his ideal exit from the sport.
“Good question. See, part of me wants to say I don’t think he will win, but honestly, I think I’m rootin’ for Rashad. I pretty much have to, because I lost to him. So, at this point, I’m gonna say he’s gonna win.”
- Phil Davis predicted on Inside MMA that Rashad Evans will defeat Jon Jones in their light heavyweight championship bout at UFC 145.
“I’ve got to sit down and make my decision and see what I feel is best for the team. Not for me, because I have my own personal feelings where I never want to ever do that,” Jackson said. “I’m going back and forth now because I have to think about what it means to be on a team. Are we just a collection of friends that train together? For me, it’s much more than that. It means something to be on this team and it means something to have teammates.
“Rashad kind of left that. I don’t know, I’m leaning toward cornering Jon right now. Just because, am I selfish, am I going to make this about me? Or am I gonna make this about the team? I can’t be self-centered. Even though it’s something that I don’t want to do, it might end up that way.”
- Greg Jackson told 5thround that he will most likely corner Jones against former Jackson’s MMA teammate Evans.
“I’m gonna knock him out. I’m gonna knock him out or submit him but this fight ain’t going to a decision. All due respect to Martin Kampmann, but it’s my time baby.”
- Thiago Silva intends to finish Martin Kampmann, he said in this video.
“Chael talks too much. It’s not working. … Chael needs to train. No more talking, train. Go to Brazil. Big problem. Man, I don’t like to talk too much about Chael. This is bad for the UFC, this is no good for the UFC, it’s bad.”
- Anderson Silva warned Chael Sonnen on UFC Tonight that he better get to the gym.
“I think it’s funny that she says that because it’s really because she has no footage to study of me. She doens’t know anything that I do. She’s only seen one of my tricks. And what she doens’t realize is with a lot of those matches I did a different takedown, almost every single time, I did a different entry into the armbar a different time, and I did it from a different position every single time. So it might look like one trick to somebody else but there’s a lot of knowledge and training that goes into being able to (do that). If you only see the finish, then you’re not seeing the whole thing. I think that her saying that kind of speaks to what she doesn’t know.”
- Ronda Rousey commented on her opponent, Miesha Tate, to mmafighting.com.
“I hope I can fight in June in Brazil. I get there on Monday to be part of TUF (Wanderlei Silva Team), but I won’t stop training, even because the whole team will be together there. God bless me, UFC will give me the chance to bring this joy to people in Brazil. Anybody, I’m prepared to fight anybody. I’ve never picked out opponents my entire life. If it’s Frank Mir, excellent. If it’s not, it’s okay. I just wanna show I’m in the top 10 of the division.”
- Fabricio Werdum expressed to Tatame that he wishes to fight in his native country of Brazil, possibly against Frank Mir.
“It wasn’t really much of anything. Other than his coach, who used to be his manager, felt like he didn’t need our services. It pretty much was one of those things. It was really strange the way it all went down. His coach sent us an e-mail and that was it.”
- Ed Soares spoke to mmafighting.com about Jose Aldo relieving him of his managerial duties.
“Yeah, I said that (there will be no rematch). But that’s all I can say. I can’t say anything else. I can’t do anything. Quote that if you want to. There is not going to be a rematch. Other than that, that’s all I can say.”
- Gracie told ESPN that Diaz and Condit will not have a rematch.
“As far as Diaz, of course I would like to fight him because he thinks he’s better than me. I think I’m better than him. But I think he should not retire. He did all of the sacrifice in his life to be where he’s at right now. He’s at the highest point of his career, and if he retires now, he’s left a lot of money on the table that could pay for all of the sacrifices he has made during all those years. I think the sport of mixed martial arts needs a guy like him.”
- Georges St-Pierre gave his thoughts on Diaz retiring while “Rush” was a guest on It’s Time Radio with Bruce Buffer.