“I sat down with Junior dos Santos yesterday, the nicest guy in the world, right? Seriously, you’ve all talked to him, he’s the nicest guy in the world. He said, ‘I have nothing but respect for Cain Velasquez, as a person and as a fighter, and I think he deserves the shot at the title, but I do not want to fight him,’ which is not what he said a month ago. He said, ‘Alistair Overeem is a punk, he’s got a big mouth, he’s been saying lots of bad things about me, and I want to knock him out and I want to knock him out now.’ And I said, ‘Junior, I like that. Alright.’”
- UFC president Dana White, at the UFC on Fox 4 media scrum, said heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos wants to fight Alistair Overeem next, not Cain Velasquez.
“I think Lyoto Machida looked the most impressive tonight. He seems right now to have this fire in him. He wants it, he wants that title back. He wants that shot at Jon Jones. Everything I see in this guy’s performance, in the way he acts shows me that he wants this title shot. And Lyoto Machida, you’re going to get it, buddy.”
- Following “UFC on Fox 4,” White declared Lyoto Machida to be the next combatant to fight the winner of Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson for the UFC light heavyweight title.
“I’m not your average 40 year old. I’m looking forward to going out there and proving a lot of people wrong. I haven’t really paid much attention to what everyone else is saying. I know what I’m capable of doing and I just got to make sure I do it that night. I’m going to makes sure I put him on his back and we haven’t seen him there. We’ll see how that goes.”
- Henderson divulged a small portion of his game plan against Jones, to MMA Fighting.
“By round two, it was 100-percent trying to finish. I had enough in round one to know that ‘okay, this is fun, but I’ve got to finish this fight, I want this fight to be over.’ Every punch I threw was hard. It was to end the fight. He gave me an opening, he threw a kick. When he gave me a limb that he’s balancing on, he has two legs, when he gave me one of them, I was like, ‘I’m putting him down. If I have one of his limbs, I’m going to throw him down and then land that hard right punch.’ Thank god it landed right on his face and got the knockout because he’s a tough kid.”
- Mike Swick detailed his one-punch KO against DaMarques Johnson in a post-fight interview.
“No, Ben Henderson will not defend the belt. I’m taking it home, it’s missing its home, it’s going to be in the Jersey shore. I did think I won the fight. I felt I landed good punches, got takedowns and I fought like I always fight. The fight was close, it was controversial. I gave two immediate rematches back-to-back so, I guess it was my turn to get one. To be undefeated in rematches, it just says that I make good adjustments in between the first fight to the second fight. I made adjustments, he hast to make adjustments. We have to think about what adjustments he is going to make, what adjustments I am going to make. It is definitely like a chess match in rematches. I knew Ben was going to be tough, I knew it was going to be tough and I am expecting the same this time. I just have to be a little bit better. I am going to beat Ben Henderson and my hand is going to be raised August 11th. The belt belongs to me, Frankie Edgar.”
- Frankie Edgar talked to UFC.com about rematches and making adjustments to be victorious in them.
“I have asked for higher fights a couple times. I can kind of understand why Shogun Rua feels the way he does being a former champion. And Glover Teixeira is an amazing fighter, but he is not a household name like Shogun. Glover has everything to win in this situation, but Shogun has to look at what the gains are for him. I am not saying I would choose my fights, but I sympathize with them. We are not in the habit of choosing our fights, the UFC makes the fights. I have never turned down an opponent.”
- Michael Bisping spoke on UFC Tonight about Mauricio “Shogun” Rua neglecting a bout against Glover Teixeira, something “The Count” says he would never do.
“I would like Forrest to retire. There’s nothing left or Forrest to prove. He won The Ultimate Fighter [TUF] and he’s had an amazing career. He won the title when people thought he couldn’t. He became a huge star. He made shitloads of money. He’s got a beautiful wife, he’s got a baby. You know, if you don’t want to be a world champion and you’re still not in that ‘mix’ – like I call it – why, what’s the point? I get it. I get that it’s hard to walk away from walking into the arena with big crowds, etc. But, there’s a point in time when it’s like, ‘You’ve done your thing man. You’ve had an amazing career. You’ve done great things. There’s nothing left to prove.”
- White called for the retirement of Forrest Griffin via “UFC on Fox 4” pre-fight press conference.
“Nick Diaz makes no sense. I know that it sounds fun ‘YEAH! Throw Nick Diaz in there!’ But if you really look at the thing, Nick Diaz just lost to Condit. You know what I mean? … at 170 so that gives him the opportunity to move up to 185 and fight the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world? In what f*cking universe does that make sense? If you were really going to make a fight like that it would make more sense with George St. Pierre than it would with Diaz. I can tell you this, not theoretically, Diaz and Anderson won’t happen.”
- According to the UFC president, Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva simply will not happen, as he explained to Bleacher Report
“If he says anything bad about Gene to my face, I’d have to make him crap his pants a second time. Obviously, the guy’s a liar. He told everybody he taught Anderson Silva that kick. I mean, seriously, the guy doesn’t have a very good track record. He’s Aikido. I mean, Aikido’s cool, but who in MMA does Aikido? Who has an Aikido background? ‘So and so coming to the cage is a world champion with a background in Aikido.’ You never heard that once. Have you heard that once? That’s for a reason. It’s because Gene LeBell would destroy Steven Seagal again, even as old as they are now. If they had like a super master-master division, Gene would still throw it down, man. I’d still put my money on him to this day.”
- Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey talked to MMA Interviews about Steven Segal, who had a tussle with her trainer, Gene LeBell, many years ago.
“Ronda isn’t any better than anyone else and needs to shut her mouth,” Tate said. “You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Getting my belt back is appealing, but beating Ronda would be like that for me. It would be that sweet of a fight.”
- Miesha Tate talked to MMA DieHards about her arch nemesis, Rousey.
“My training is going perfect. I stay ready so I can fight on any notice. This camp I trained in this time was at 9,000 feet because it has more altitude than Denver. Denver will feel easy compared to the hell I am going through now. It’s in my blood. I don’t back down from anybody and that naturally leads to entertaining fights. Anthony Pettis’ bitch ass! Anthony, quit hiding behind your sore shoulder and come to the dance.”
- Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone called out Anthony Pettis via LowKick.
“The bridge over in San Jose is pretty much burnt. And it’s nothing with anybody over there, there’s only one person, and we all know that person is Javier [Mendez]. I just wasn’t happy and it wasn’t the place for me anymore…..I hope the gym burns … to the ground. Is that bad?”
- Josh Koscheck talked on Fight Factory about his old gym, AKA, and Javier Mendez, a trainer at the facility.
“When you’ve spent eight years with an individual like Josh, I think that nothing is going to surprise you with him. Actually he really hates me, so it didn’t shock me. That’s him, that’s who he is. I just wish that if it does burn down that I’m not in it! That’s the person he is. It’s who he is. I’m not going to let it affect me. Hey, we’re not friends. He doesn’t want to be my friend, he made it very obvious, so I’m just moving on. I’ve got a team to focus on and we got a great team. Anybody that wants to go train with him is welcome to go, some of those guys are his friends and that’s never going to change.”
- Mendez responded to Koscheck’s comments via MMA Fighting.