“If I could find a weakness or work him over on the ground, that’s great. But if I can’t and I’m forced to fight one of those blood-and-gut fights – I know he’s really accurate with his strikes. I know that. I’m going to get hit. I just need to keep pushing forward. That’s what I do.”
- Stephan Bonnar told mmajunkie.com that he is going to fight like the typical “American Psycho” when he faces Anderson Silva at UFC 152.
“It would be an interesting karate duel but I don’t know at what weight we would do it. If it is at 185lbs, I will go for it.”
- Lyoto Machida admitted to Fighters Only that he would be willing to meet UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in a middleweight showdown.
“It’s tough seeing the fighters going out when you know you can’t go in there. I don’t know if the competitor ever leaves you. It’s tough dialing it down. … There are times I’ve had to turn down the intensity and just be a normal human being on fight night.”
- Kenny Florian explained to mmajunkie.com, how difficult it is to watch MMA and not want to compete, since he has retired.
“This is the first time I’ve ever said this to anybody and I don’t think anybody knows except for my wife because she was there when I went through this. I was contemplating going to the military. In the very beginning of my career I was working full-time and also training, but at the same time there was no assurance that you’ll be taking care of for the rest of your life. I was contemplating going to the army because I felt if you went to the army you would have full benefits and be taken care of. That’s what you could say that was the low point of my career, but one of my coaches was like, ‘You know, if you go to the army you won’t have the time to fight or train or do anything you want. Wherever they tell you to go, you’re going to go and you can’t say no other ifs, ands or buts.’ So, I would say that was the lowest point of my life, when I was contemplating giving up mixed martial arts. I was getting ready to say screw it, because I had to take care of my family.”
- Demetrious Johnson admitted to MMA DieHards that he nearly quit MMA and joined the army instead.
“I’ll still be training at Tristar. But I have to do things my way. At the end of the day, I’m the one getting in the cage and taking the risk and I’m the one making the final call.”
- Rory MacDonald told Fuel TV that it’s time he does things his way.
“I’ll be honest, it’s not just because I lost $65,000 dollars. It’s not because I’m not going to see that. Looking at the moves as a technician, judging as a technician, as a professional, as a grappler, my move was ten times more difficult, and you know, way more impressive than his move. Maybe that’s how people judge. Maybe they judge how big the fight is, maybe they judge the fighter as well. Who knows?”
- Vinny Magalhaes told mmafightcorner that his submission at UFC 152 was more impressive and deserving of “Submission of the Night” than Jones’, the fighter who did win it.
“Bellator has gotten bigger, and the Spike TV alliance and the Viacom acquisition have opened up a lot of doors with us. With the demise of the WECs and Afflictions, and with all the troubles that Strikeforce is having, there are less and less alternatives.
“Now there are only two. There’s still a huge number of world-class fighters around the world who are looking for a place with huge television alliances to ply their trade.”
- Bjorn Rebney told USA Today that Bellator and the UFC are the best options for a professional mixed martial artist nowadays.
“I have a lot of new skills I’ve picked up this year and haven’t used yet. I could put Sadollah on his back and choke him out if I want to. Then again, the left hook might take over the day and put him to bed instead.”
- Dan Hardy told MMA DieHards he intended to use a number of newly acquired techniques to defeat Amir Sadollah.
“I think everyone in all due respect just needs to calm down Chris Weidman just because he’s undefeated. He’s undefeated because he’s beaten a bunch of bums. He’s only had about seven fights. I’ve had nearly 30 fights. I’ve been in the UFC when he was still in school probably. So I got nothing against Chris Weidman, but I don’t see him as the Great White Hope that’s going to come in and destroy Anderson Silva. He’s just another middle of the road UFC fighter as far as I’m concerned.”
- Michael Bisping talked to mmafightcorner about the UFC rising star, Chris Weidman.
“It f—ing makes me sick. Listen, you don’t want big opportunities, I hear you. I get it, then. All I can say is, I guess he doesn’t want big opportunities. I get it. Duly noted.
“He wants to fight a guy who weighs 205, but doesn’t want to fight the guy who’s the real heavyweight, the legitimate guy who’s ranked. And Mitrione’s not getting any younger.”
- Dana White confirmed with mmajunkie.com that Matt Mitrione neglected to fight Daniel Cormier, and apparently the UFC president is not happy with “Meathead’s” choice.
“I don’t respect that guy. I don’t like him. I just think he’s disrespectful. He’ll talk all kinds of sh*t behind your back and stuff, but then when he’s at my face, all he wanted to do was talk about the UFC contracts to me. I’m like, ‘Who are you, man? Get out of my face.’ I’m just not up for that type of bullsh*t. I hate people that when you turn around, they’re stabbing you in the back, and when you’re back at their face, they’re trying to be your best friend. That doesn’t work for me. There’s nobody else I want to fight more. I can’t wait to fight this guy. I’m excited that he’ll be the first guy I get to punch when I get back to action.
“Listen, Roy is a talented fighter. Could he be a lot better? I think he could if he would actually be serious about it, and have coaches he would listen to, and things like that. I’m pretty sure he’s uncoachable. He just likes to hear himself talk and tell everybody how great he is.”
- Shane Carwin was a guest on TapouT Radio, and “The Ultimate Fighter 16” coach shared his opinion on the opposing coach, Roy Nelson.
“I don’t really understand how you fly out to Africa, look out on the savannah, look at those animals and go ‘You know, I want to kill that.’ I can’t make sense of that in my head. For someone who’s a self-proclaimed good-guy Christian, it just doesn’t calculate. He’s getting his morals mixed up somewhere. He really needs to have a look at himself and question what he’s doing.
“Hunting for food, that’s one thing, but going out and shooting…I mean on that blog he was out there for what, two weeks? And he shot fifty animals. I don’t think he’s going to eat that, let’s be honest. He’s not my kind of person.”
- Hardy gave his thoughts on Matt Hughes’s hunting photos via Fighters Only.