“Chael is a criminal, he is a criminal. He has been convicted of crimes and he doesn’t deserve to be inside the Octagon. When the time is right, I am going to break his face and every one of his teeth in his mouth. Playtime is over, the jokes are over. I am going to beat his ass out of the UFC. He is never going to want to fight again after I am done with him. It doesn’t matter if I am on bottom, side or top. Chael is going to get his ass kicked like never before. What I do inside the Octagon is going to change the image of the sport. I am going to make sure his legs are broke and arms are broke he will not be able to walk out by himself. I know he is listening; no more shit talking, it is on now. I’m going to make him pay and make him eat everything he said about myself and my country. I’m going to make sure he does not disrespect any other fighter. I’m going to beat him like his parents should have beat him to have manners. He can say whatever he wants, but I am not playing anymore. It will be the same like the first fight. He walked out the loser and this time he is going to walk out the loser. The only difference is that this time he is going to have to visit a plastic surgeon after the fight.”
- UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva spoke out of character on the UFC 148 conference call and unleashed a verbal assault on his upcoming opponent, Chael Sonnen.
“I got two words for him. He says he’s gonna break my face in? I got two words for him. Medium rare.”
- Sonnen responded to Silva on the UFC 148 conference call by repeating a comment he made in the past involving the Brazilian’s wife making the UFC middleweight No. 1 contender a medium rare steak.
“I’m happy with the main event. Wanderlei and Rich are both warriors and have been around a long time. Rich came back from an unbelievable beating and near finish to win the fight. I think Mario Yamasaki did a great job in not stopping the fight. Obviously, Rich was able to continue. I gotta go back to judging again. In the earlier fight, they had a 10-8 round in a fight that was a draw — and they don’t make the Wanderlei-Rich round a 10-8 round for Wanderlei? So inconsistent. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I want to see more fighters get involved in judging and reffing. It’s gonna be a problem for a little while here, until the athletic commissions start focusing on it.”
- UFC president Dana White commented on the inconsistent judging that took place at UFC 147 via the UFC on FUEL TV post-fight wrap-up show.
“UFC brought it up to me that he’s coming out of retirement that he wanted to fight me, so I was a little bit shocked and surprised but I was excited. I took it to the next step and made it a public challenge. I did it respectfully because I do respect B.J. and I’ve looked up to him as a fighter, but this is a business and I want to fight him before he is done. Like I said, he wanted to fight me in the first place. I think he said he wanted to get some kind of revenge on Tri-Star or something like that, I don’t know. I don’t care about his reasoning, but I’m glad he wanted to fight me.”
- Rory McDonald explained to mmacanada.net that the UFC informed him that B.J. Penn requested to fight him prior to the Canadian calling out “The Prodigy” on The MMA Hour.
“For sure, I’m close (to a title shot) now. If the UFC asks, then I’m ready for sure but maybe one more fight, maybe on the Velasquez vs. dos Santos card. After that, if I win, maybe I will fight (the champion) in Brazil. I don’t know. I’m just here to fight. I’m just going to rest for one week. Then, I will go back to training again. I’m just going to wait for what the UFC says.”
- Fabricio Werdum spoke to Fox Sports about where he ranks in the UFC heavyweight division.
“This was my first fight back down to 185-pounds. I moved down to 185-pounds to possibly make a title run before I retire. But I’ve had a long layoff and all that kind of stuff. I was scheduled to fight Cung (Le) and ended up with Wanderlei in Brazil. I think this was a much more difficult challenge, especially after the long layoff that I had having not fought since February of last year with Forrest and then dropping the weight, also, from 205-pounds.”
- Rich Franklin talked on UFC.com about his future plans in the 185-pound weight class.
“I still have four fights on my contract, but I’m going to take it one by one. Obviously I’m not getting any younger, but I don’t want to finish my career on the loss I had in December. Hopefully I’ll win the next one and we’ll see from there. Tito Ortiz would be good. He’s at that point in his career and I think it would be a good fight. I think a lot of fans would want to see that fight, so that would be good, but again, I don’t really want to pick and choose. I put it in the hands of the UFC … I think it’s still a possibility. In our case, it’s not just the will to fight but being able to as far as if he’s healthy, and if the timing is good, I think it’s very possible. You never know, things may change. I wouldn’t say that’s the beauty of MMA but it’s definitely the truth.”
- Vladimir Matyushenko admitted to FC Fighter that he desires a rematch with soon-to-be-retired Tito Ortiz.
“Yeah, I think this was it. Sam brings the best out of me, it was a good way to end the trilogy, and if I did come back, it would be at 145-pounds. I’m too small for 155-pounds. If the right fight came along, I would come back.”
- Spencer Fisher revealed on the UFC on FUEL TV post-show that even though he’s retired he would consider a comeback.
“In terms of being a sex symbol or something, I don’t know about that. I think I still have a lot to be in order to be a sex symbol. But if people have of that image me it’s fine, I’ll take it (laughs). There are a lot of athletes who are called sex symbols and they do very well, so. David Beckham is one of them. To be compared to a guy like him it makes me… I’m very happy, you know?”
- Georges St-Pierre spoke to Fighters Only about his sex appeal.