“When I started practicing martial arts, Chael Sonnen, doesn’t start practicing in martial arts, he is a wrestler. So he doesn’t know what martial arts is. It’s respect. Respect for a country, respect for the people and respect toward human beings. Many times, people ask me, ‘But isn’t he promoting the fight?’ Yeah, okay, but there are many different ways to do that. He did not respect our country, he disrespected my family and above all, he disrespected all the UFC audience and some people don’t realize that. They find it great what he is doing. In my opinion, I think the best fight of the century would be myself and my clone, that’s something I think will never happen. That doesn’t mean I am the best, that means I would like to be beaten by someone, many other things may happen, much like Sonnen here. He beat me for five rounds, but he didn’t do the most important thing which was to win. So, I am going to continue to do my job, I am going to practice really hard and I am going to try and bring this victory to Brazil.”
- Anderson Silva explained at the UFC 148 pre-fight press conference that Chael Sonnen lacks respect due to a lack of being a true martial artist.
“I don’t’ know man, this guy says the craziest things, he is surrounded by such yes men and it’s unbelievable that he actually thinks like that. He talks about his legacy, he is so close to the trees that he can’t see the forest. Come to America and ask people what they think of him. I mean this guy is the real deal, wow, he became the number one contender when he beat up the great Chris Leben, he then defended his belt against the great Patrick Cote and the amazing Thales Leites, what a star this guy is. What about the fact that I called him out for six years, ‘He disrespected my family.’ Yes, I did and what did you do about it? You didn’t do a damn thing and you’re not going to do anything on July 7th. Get your excuses ready now Anderson. I told everybody the first time I fought him that our skills are not even close, I will destroy him and I am going to tell you again now, our skills are not even close. So, go to your Ed Soares school of excuse making and get them handy because you are going to need them on July 7th.”
- Sonnen commented on his bout against Silva at the UFC 148 pre-fight press conference in typical ‘Gangster from Oregon’ fashion.
“I have nothing to say to him. I won’t give him that kinda audience. I don’t care about what he says, I’m not interested. If he wants to say those things looking me in the eye, come here. But that way, saying things when we’re distant, he’s an ass face. Only p—–s say things at your back”.
- Wanderlei Silva talked to Tatame about Sonnen.
“I wasn’t very optimistic about his chances. I didn’t think things were gonna turn out very well for him, as expected. Nine months? That’s not as bad as I thought it was gonna be. I thought he’d get a year, easily a year. Here’s the rules: If he was on anti-inflammatory meds and whatever the deal was, you’re supposed to disclose that to the commission before you get any drug tests. Whatever medicine you’re on, you’re supposed to tell them before you test, not after you test. I’m not a fan. I’m not a fan at all. You’re not going to hear me defending Alistair Overeem on your radio show. We’ll see what happens. He claimed he was on anti-inflammatories which he should have told them before he tested. I know he lied to me. I don’t like it. If they’ll sit in front of you and lie to your face, I don’t know, not the type of guys I wanna do business with.”
- Dana White was a guest of The Jim Rome Show and he explained his anger with Alistair Overeem for failing a drug test.
“There is such fine line with all of the anti-aging stuff that’s out there now. TRT is generally something a guy does in their 40’s and 50’s when their natural production of testosterone drops off. There are other natural ways to boost your own body’s production without replacing it and it’s safer as well, but it still should be under the care of a physician. It’s a very fine and a very personal thing and there is no easy answer. An athlete is using his body to earn a living and entertain the fans, they want to get the most out of themselves, but sometimes they go too far with it.”
- Star of The Expendables 2 and UFC hall of fame member Randy Couture gave his opinion on TRT in MMA to MMA Frenzy.
“I want to see the best fighters; I want to see who is the strongest the best! Guys should be able to do whatever it takes to be the strongest. Getting choked and kicked in the head is really bad for you, worse than pot, TRT, or steroids. I don’t care who’s the cleanest, I wanna’ see the strongest, the fastest and the most gnarly fighters. I don’t want to see who is the best at passing drug test. Overeem isn’t the only guy taking sh*t, he just got caught. I wanna’ see the baddest mother f*ckers going at it. That’s why PRIDE was the best — I wanna see a 205 (ripped) Wanderlei Silva kill dudes.”
- Phil Baroni takes a different stance than Couture when it comes to TRT, as he explained to Fight Sport Asia.
“I really don’t hate Fedor. His management made the biggest f*ck-up in the history of all sports. We flew down there and tried to make Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor and it was for big, big money. They f*ckin’ laughed at it and I told them, and he’ll lie if you ask him this, I told him and he knows I f*ckin’ told him — not Fedor, Vadummy — I told Vadummy, ‘You’re one punch away from being worth zero.’ He didn’t take it. They thought they were too cool and too slick and too f*ckin’ funny. Like I said, they’re not laughing now.”
- White told MMA Interviews he’s laughing at Fedor Emelianenko’s management staff now.
“We’re getting ready to leave Bahrain, and I get detained at the airport. Jardine and Franklin get on the flight, and they take me in the room. They’re asking me all these questions, and they’re furious. One guy’s comin’ in the room and pointin’ at me, all furious, like that. And, what I think is that, I had on the ‘Young Assassin’ shirt, with Melvin Guillard, and there’s a guy with a turban with his brains spillin’ out. I don’t think they liked that too much.”
- Stephan Bonnar detailed his eventful visit to Bahrain, while the TUF 1 finalist was a guest on Inside MMA.
“It’s been said that I might be getting a title shot, but I honestly don’t care at this point. I’m fed up talking about it. I just wanna get in and fight on the 5th. After that, we can talk about it. I try not to (look past Diaz). Nate is a tough fight, and that’s where my focus lies. The title picture got so bottle-necked, with the rematches, and everybody lost. In my opinion, if you have under five UFC fights, let alone wins, you shouldn’t be considered for a title shot yet.”
- Jim Miller told MMA Uncensored his frustrations with the rematches tying up the UFC lightweight belt.
“It was a bittersweet night. I’m glad Jon won, but I’m just sad about the whole situation. It’s nice to just kind of move on and be done with the whole thing. …. I went up after the fight and shook [Rashad Evans'] hand, and we kind of patted each other on the shoulder. That’s kind of where we’re at right now. There’s no animosity or hard feelings on my end at all. We’ll see where it goes from here.”
- Greg Jackson described his current relationship with Rashad Evans on the Savage Dog Show.
“I want to be UFC middleweight champion, and I want to fight Anderson Silva to do it. I have such respect for him as a fighter. It would be an honor and a dream come true to test my skills against his.”
- Recent UFC signee Hector Lombard told mmajunkie he wants the UFC 185-pound title, but he wants to get it by defeating longtime champion, Silva.
“I had to pay them back my signing bonus, but at this point in my career, I would rather do that than sit on the shelf.”
- Jay Hieron explained to NBCSports that he had to pay Bellator to get out of his contract.
“Eddie has been an amazing and important, productive part of Bellator since day one,” Rebney said. “He was one of the first guys I ever signed and one of the first guys I ever went out on a limb for and paid a signing bonus for. He has been worth every penny we’ve paid him. He’s been a class act and a great ambassador for not only Bellator, but the sport of MMA.”
- Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney told MMA DieHards his pleasure of having Eddie Alvarez in his promotion.
“They are so far away, but the thing is, I don’t care about them. I really don’t. I see so many holes in their game, I see a ton. I think it’s confusing, what they do. I’m an expert in martial arts, I could tell them what they could fix, but they’re too arrogant and they don’t know (enough) about my sport that they could understand and fix it. I don’t need to talk about them, but I just know what they do is confusing for fans.”
- MFC owner Mark Pavelich told MMA DieHards what he thinks about Bellator.