“I knew [the UFC] was going to get big, but what Dana White and the Fertitta brothers did, they turned it into inspiration for the new generation. Now, the news the kids, they grow up like baseball, like soccer. They grow up thinking one day I want to be baseball player, they want to be soccer player. Today, they train thinking they want to be UFC fighter. They start young now.”
- Royce Gracie joined The MMA Hour, and talked about the growth of the UFC since his days of competing in the cage.
“I remember Rorion (Gracie) and I and [executive producer] Campbell [McLaren] walking around. I was walking around smoking a cigar and drinking a single-malt scotch and we looked at each other and said, ‘This is huge. This is unbelievable. We’re taking over the world. This is going to rock people right to their socks.’ We knew it.”
- In an interview with mmafighting.com, Art Davie, one of the original owners of the UFC, recalled his thoughts of what the world’s premier MMA organization would become when he started the promotion.
“Yeah, I do [expect St. Pierre to be more aggressive]. I think that’s because of a lot of the criticism that he’s got lately, you know he’s going to try and make a statement. He’s going to try and come back with some gusto and, you know, I think that’s going to be a mistake though.”
- Condit talked to mmamania about St-Pierre’s claims of wanting to finish “Natural Born Killer” and how it could work against the champ.
I want to fight Condit first and then we will see what’s going to happen. I take one fight at a time and we will see. Different weight class and we will see the terms of the fight if it happens. It’s very complicated so right now I’d rather not think about it, just focus on Carlos Condit and then after we will sit down and talk.”
- St-Pierre was a guest on sportsradiointerviews.com, and he stressed that fighting UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is not on his mind as he is approaching a welterweight title bout with Condit.
“I will go to Canada for UFC 154. I’m going to stay there to film an action movie that me and Lyoto will participate in [with Steven Seagal]. But it is not my character to step in there and call somebody out. So I think this won’t happen. I fact I don’t just think, I am sure.”
- A. Silva admitted to sportv.globo.com that he will be in attendance at UFC 154, but has no intentions on challenging GSP should defeat Condit.
“I really believe if GSP and Silva fight Georges will have his hand raised. I have a lot of respect for Georges having lost to him twice. GSP is not a great wrestler, but he transitions so well from striking to wrestling that he will be on Silva’s legs before Anderson even knows what’s going on. I believe Georges is that quick and I don’t think Silva will be able to do a whole lot with Georges on top of him.”
- Matt Hughes gave his opinion on the outcome of a hypothetical match between Siva and St-Pierre via bjpenn.com.
“I’ve got to say wow! It’s like a dream. I feel like I’m in a dream right now. Thank you, lord. You know, I just saw him timing my kicks, so I waited for him to punch and then threw that overhead right and I got lucky and hit him.”
- Cung Le talked to Fuel TV about his walk off KO over Rich Franklin at “UFC on Fuel TV 5: Franklin vs. Le.”
“Penn said I was backing out from the fight and that’s just ridiculous. How can you fight with 38 stitches in your head? I would have looked like sh*t. I’m not about to go into the biggest fight of my life with no training for it.”
- Rory MacDonald told MMA DieHards there was no way he was about to scar B.J. Penn after suffering a major laceration to his head.
“It’s not just Ronda, it’s not just myself, that’s for sure. If Ronda’s coming over to the UFC obviously there’s going to be a division around that, it’s not just Ronda. I know Ronda’s getting a lot of the credit and what not, but she didn’t have a lot to do with from the ground up.
“We’re at the top of the mountain now that’s kind of how I feel anyways, with this accomplishment coming into the UFC, we’ve kind of reached that final goal. But we had to start at the bottom and a lot of the pioneers Tara, Marloes, Molly Helsel, the girls that were really fighting back in the day before we were making any kind of money, or there was any kind of publicity, or much acceptance of it.”
- Miesha Tate talked to MMA Weekly about Ronda Rousey joining the UFC and the advancement of WMMA over the years.
“I have no news. I think we’ll just have to wait until the end of my suspension.”
- Cris “Cyborg” Santos admitted to Tatame that she hasn’t had any offers from the UFC.
“Looks like Mitt Romney has a new favorite fighter and Rampage Jackson has another opponent he can’t beat.”
- Chael Sonnen commented to TMZ regarding Rousey in the UFC.
“We talked with the UFC and they said they aren’t bringing anymore bantamweights in until next year. My manager talked to them after my last fight to see where we’re at and they said, ‘Josh is one of our top five prospects we want to bring in.’ They said they have to actually cut a few guys from the division, even though they don’t want to, but the division is just so stacked at the moment. I’d like to get a fight in and a good win before they start looking at who they might bring in.”
- The Score Fighting Series’ Josh Hill explained where he sits with the UFC via MMA DieHards.
“I like to play with it and say I’m hated everywhere I go. But to be honest, that isn’t the case. I think you get a lot of people together, and there’s a pantomime effect, the ol’ boo or whatever. But generally, for the most part my interactions with the UFC fans, they’re always positive.
“Certainly on Twitter, every day I almost get 20 messages with people saying, ‘You know, I used to absolutely hate your guts, and now you’re one of my favorite fighters.’ So that’s nice. Obviously it’s always nice to be appreciated. But it’s not necessarily anything I’ve consciously done or changed. I think maybe, just over time, people are warming a little. Who knows?”
- Michael Bisping told The MMA Hour that he isn’t the public enemy he gets labeled as from time to time.
“When Benson came out he kind of was throwing a low leg kick, which did throw me off a little bit. But I felt I made the adjustment within that first round, and I feel that rounds two through five he didn’t really catch me with it at all the rest of the fight. I’m sure that’s something Jose is going to pay attention to, being that he’s such a devastating leg kicker, but I’ve been working my Muay Thai and working some things. Like I’ve been saying, this challenge is going to make me step up and address it.”
- Former UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar talked to mmafightcorner.com about the similar attacks Jose Aldo may use in their upcoming match that Benson Henderson utilized in his last bout against “The Answer.”
“Who I have fought and how I have fought, it says something about me. That shows that I am content fighting wrestlers, bigger guys, jiu-jitsu guys, all the division has to offer, I’m okay with and ready for it. When you look at my record at 10-0 as a professional and look at Jon Jones record when he was 10-0, who was his toughest guy? Stephan Bonnar and he did not finish him.”
- Daniel Cormier compared his road to 10-0 against Jon Jones’ on Fight Hub TV, and believes it was more difficult and more impressive.
“I heard that we would be compensated; I don’t know what the figures were. I haven’t been yet. I’m not saying we’re not because the fight would have just happened last weekend, so maybe they’re going to take care of us now, but I don’t know anything about it.”
- Jorge Masvidal detailed his financial situation with Strikeforce to MMA Weekly.
“We’ve been on this paperwork, but you know the government. If you owe them a dime they’re on you, but if you want something from the government its hurry up and wait. They probably have my papers just sitting on a desk, waiting for someone to rubber stamp it and then it’s approved. There’s nothing we can do about it but wait.”
- Ryan Ford explained to MMA DieHards the issues preventing him from competing in a Bellator tournament.