Posts Tagged ‘Alistair Overeem’
“I respect [Silva] a lot. As I said several times, I do not want to be the guy who beat Anderson, and do not want to be the guy who lost to him. Anderson is a great champion, I’m a great champion…I don’t know. I don’t know. I’m not saying that the fight will not happen. It can happen. But it’s not something I’m chasing.”
- Jon Jones admitted to mmafighting that a bout with Anderson Silva is not totally out of the question.
“That question (about facing Jones) has to be made to Dana White. Let’s ask if he will give me 50% of the UFC. I have my projects out of the UFC and I want to put them into practice. To open my school (martial arts) in Los Angeles. I do my thing, take a breath a little, take time with my family. I have better things to do (than just taking punch in the face).”
- A. Silva gave his price to Tatame for a match with Jones.
“Nick really wants this fight because he has great admiration and respect for Anderson as a fighter. Anderson Silva is a true martial artist, he studied martial arts, is a great representative of the sport. Nick loves martial arts and that, for him, is enough to put Anderson Silva as the opponent.”
- Cesar Gracie, coach of Nick Diaz, explained to Tatame why his student wants to fight Anderson Silva.
“Rich Franklin, I’ve always thought he’d be a good fight. I’ve always looked up to Rich Franklin, he’s an incredible fighter, he’s got incredible passion for the sport, we match up well in terms of a fight, and he’d be a tough fight.
“I’d like to fight him out of respect – he’s one of the all-time greats. I’ve got nothing but respect for Rich, he’s a fantastic fighter.”
- Michael Bisping talked to ESPN about possible opponents in the future, including former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin.
“I could see GSP quitting if he gets hurt, if he gets hit with a good shot, but Condit he’s going to keep going, he’s going to be in the fight till the end.”
- Martin Kampmann, who fights Johny Hendricks at UFC 154 for welterweight No. 1 contender status, talked to MMA Weekly about Carlos Condit vs. Georges St-Pierre.
“Chael, someone that never had a title, except for the one he gave himself of course, and didn’t do well in this 205 weight class anyway — I just think it’s a weird message that you send to the fans. I know the real reason is because of course The Ultimate Fighter they need ratings — the ratings are really bad. They think if they get Chael on, the ratings will go up. I think that will happen in the first few shows, but I don’t know if it’s going to be funny every week, so we have to find out.”
- Bas Rutten gave his thoughts on Chael Sonnen coaching on TUF via ESPN.
“Well, Junior dos Santos says all kind of things that don’t really make sense. First he begged to Dana White he wanted to fight me, so as a fighter I accept such a challenge right away. Now he’s saying that I don’t deserve a title fight. He has to make up his mind as he’s changing his story all the time. The same stuff he was saying about me going to the school of Chael Sonnen. I never made the fight between us personal and I never bad mouthed him, the only thing I said was that I think he’s afraid of me which I think he still is haha. When I signed with the UFC I could of easily go for the title shot right away but I chose to fight Brock Lesnar so in no means I’m talking myself into a title shot. If the UFC wants me to fight for the title I’m available and if they decide to let me fight someone else first I’m also fine with that. I’m a fighter and I will get my chance sooner or later.”
- Alistair Overeem gave his thoughts on UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos to Mixfight.nl.
“I wasn’t given much of an option once I gave the go ahead. It was like I jumped out of the plane and it was hit the ground or pull the parachute. That was it, that was the circumstances. That Monday night my manager let me know it was not going to be favorable for me.
“I kind of gave them an inside peek of what was going on in my personal life, and things are getting a little bit crazy, but I was hoping for some understanding. It’s a cold world sometimes.”
- Rich Attonito detailed his UFC release to MMA DieHards.
“It’s been almost a year now since there’s been any live content on Spike network. My anticipation is that it will play itself out very nicely because of how the consumer base and the hardcore demographic views Spike as the home of MMA.”
- Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney gave his expectations to mmajunkie, regarding Bellator being broadcast on Spike TV in 2013.
“It was bad. I didn’t do the things I was supposed to do. The thing that messes with me the most is the way I lost. I lost a boring decision, he held me down for five rounds. I like to make fights exciting and it didn’t happen that time. I got a lot of criticism from it. Fans didn’t like it. But, it made me a better fighter. I trained more on wrestling and learned a lot from the fight. I’m looking at it in a positive way.”
- Douglas Lima talked to MMA DieHards about the defeat he suffered at the hands of Ben Askren.
“I was always upset. I hated everybody if I was dropping to 170 [pounds], especially on weigh-in day. Everything happens for a reason. I don’t take back anything that happened in my past, because if it hadn’t happened back then, I wouldn’t be who I am right now. Moving to [light heavyweight] was definitely the best decision that I’ve ever made in my life.”
- Anthony Johnson admitted to Sherdog that making welterweight was a tall order, and the 205-pound weight class is much better suited for him.
“It’s not that I have this plan that I’m out in seven years. I know what the seven-year plan is with the FOX deal and I think my place in this sport and in this organization, I’ve always known what I wanted to do and I absolutely know that we’re gonna do it in the next seven years. I know where this thing’s gonna go and where it’s gonna be and I think that in seven years the sport, the athletes that are competing in this sport, building all the weight classes, doing all the things that need to be done, we’re gonna get this stuff done in the next seven years. The one goal that we did set out to do was to get this thing in every country. We’re gonna be there in seven years. I’m not saying I’m retiring the day this FOX deal is up, or anything like that, but it is what’s kinda on my mind.”
- Dana White hinted in an interview with mmafighting.com that he may step away from the sport in seven years.
“I think [King Mo opened] a lot of doors for a lot of different fighters, and it actually opens up a lot of fighter’s eyes that there’s other ways to make a living, that you can actually do both sports. It’s like it’s okay to be a Deion Sanders playing football and baseball, or like a Bo Jackson playing football and baseball. It’s good that athletes can do that. After I beat Pee Wee, I might just have to call out Brock Lesnar. I might just have to go to WWE because I might just have to call him out, go to WWE, and whoop his ass.”
- Roy Nelson talked to MMA Weekly about financial possibilities outside the cage and potentially pursuing a match against Brock Lesnar.
“Honestly, I don’t think he should have. He could make the case for it. He gave me a rematch. He had to give Gray (Maynard) the rematch, because they had a draw. I’d like to see Benson Henderson fight Nate Diaz. Fight someone else.”
- B.J. Penn was a guest on MMA Uncensored and he gave his opinion on Frankie Egdar’s consecutive rematches.
“I train with him every day, we spar three times a week, so I know what he has and I know how much better he’s gotten just over a couple of months. He’s still new to this sport and he’s always getting better. We won’t take [a fight against each other]. There’s no point. We’re training partners, he’s my coach. How’s that gonna be if I fight my coach? If it’s for the title, we’ll talk about it when that time comes, but we’re just fighting other guys right now. We’re not gonna fight each other.”
- Cain Velasquez explained to mmafighting.com that he will not fight Daniel Cormier, well maybe for a title.
“I think if there is a plus one and Zuffa’s going to send someone over it is going to have to be someone that is very good you know? Maybe Carwin, as he’s coming back. He’s a guy with a lot of name value and I don’t necessarily know if that’s a step up (from Josh Barnett) but that is somebody with name value. Or, if one of the guys loses from the card this weekend. But then it really limits because if Frank Mir loses I’m pretty sure he is not going to want to come to Strikeforce to fight me where if he loses he has everything to lose. When Cain beats Bigfoot Silva, what are they going to do, send him (Silva) back to Strikeforce to fight me again? Nothing really adds up right now, I don’t know, I don’t know how to guess what they are going to do. There just is not that many step ups out there better than Josh Barnett. Especially that Josh Barnett. That Josh Barnett was 248 pounds, was in shape, was going hard, we had every intention on getting it down Saturday night, but that dude Saturday night came to fight. There are not too many guys that are a step up from that Josh Barnett that showed up on Saturday.”
- Cormier explained on The MMA Hour that he wants a high profile fight after defeating Josh Barnett in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.
“For my own promotion to kind of diss me like that, it’s like, wow. It just puts the icing on the cake. I wasn’t very happy about it. I kind of knew that they were going to do or say something, whatever they had to do to promote the fight. But to throw me under the bus like that, the way most people have said, it just wasn’t very nice, and it wasn’t very professional in my eyes. I won. I beat them both. And to not get any sort of recognition, to be pretty much spit on, it was like, wow. I could not believe that. They just keep slapping me in the face, and I’m like, ‘How many more times are you guys going to do this to me?’ At this point I’m just like, I’m going to fight whoever they’re going to have me fight, and hopefully, we’ll see if they treat me any better. But I’ve got a sour taste in my mouth from it and I don’t like it at all.”
- Zoila Gurgel voiced her displeasure with Bellator on The MMA Hour, after the promotion billed their recent bout between Megumi Fujii and Jessica Aguilar as the No. 1 and No. 2 115-pound female combatants in the sport.
“I know his weakness. You can’t step back, he’s a coward, you know? Really go for it. I’m not telling any lies. Everyone knows.”
- Anderson Silva was a guest coach on TUF Brazil and he told Wanderlei Silva what he thinks of Vitor Belfort.
“We just finished the hearing. I greatly respect the commission, I respect their decision. They come across as gentlemen and gentlewomen, very respectful, very understanding of the situation. Trying to understand the situation. Basically, we’re going to be out for nine months, but I consider myself a clever guy. I’m going to get stronger from this, I’m going to keep on training, and I’ll be back in nine months. I’m still going to get that belt.”
- Alistair Overeem stated on The Reem that his nine month suspension will not halt his conquest for the belt.
“It depends on Jon, basically, what Jon wants to do. Number one, incidents like this; it basically turns into support system. A guy like me, when I was living my life making millions of dollars, I didn’t have a support system. I had a bad support system so I received bad support. So, in an incident like this, we don’t know. No one really knows Jon Jones, we just know he’s a splendid fighter. We’ve never seen a UFC fighter like that. Wow, i just wish the best happens out of this situation. Just like so many people love him, there’s very few people out there in a position to put him in a bad place. We’re gonna find out from this situation if Jon Jones is gonna make us continue to love him for his great fighting and the way he carries himself, as a great individual and humanitarian, or is he gonna let the bright lights and dark shadows invade his life and be one of those rising meteors, he just flies through the air and lights the world up and then he dies down in the moment. I hope not, because we all respect Jon and Jon appears to be a very nice guy and respectable guy. I just hope the best for him because I’ve been through those situations before. I’m pretty dark in my life. I come from a dark place. Wow, I just hope the best for Mr. Jon. Take care champ.”
- Mike Tyson shed light on Jon Jones’ current situation via Heyman Hustle.
“I’m not involved in all the legal stuff that’s going on with Jones but yeah, he flew out a few nights ago and sat down with me and Lorenzo and talked. I like Jon Jones. He’s a good guy, he’s a young kid. He made a mistake that night and we’ll see what happens. … I think we’ve supported Jon. He’s a young kid and he’s going to need a lot of guidance. The kid is incredibly talented, he’s starting to make tons of money and he’s getting really famous. Those are all the recipes for disaster.”
- Following the UFC 146 post-fight press conference, White talked about Jones’ recent arrest for DUI.
“I once had a lady who had chest pain so we put on a monitor and found she was possibly having a heart attack. And then, right when the other two guys leave, she goes down like boom right there on the floor when I’m all by myself.
“I jumped in for CPR and put the paddles on her and I brought her back. It was the most intense three minutes of my life. I don’t think anything in the MMA world can compare to that. I was like, ‘holy crap.’”
- Stipe Miocic talked to MMA DieHards about one of his incredible experiences as a firefighter.
“I’m really confident in my stand-up right now. I think I’ve got a lot better in the last year and, with my height and reach, feel as though I can live with most of the top strikers in MMA. I really want to show that as well. However, it doesn’t take a genius to work out what I plan to do to Lavar on Saturday night. If you look at our strengths, I have far more upside to my game if I take him to the ground and exploit his major weakness. If I take him down in this fight, the fight is done, and he knows that. There’s nothing he can do to argue or stop it. Lavar isn’t stupid – he knows he doesn’t stand a chance against me on the ground. Ultimately, you’ve got to fight smart in this sport. I’ve very confident that this fight will end via submission or knockout. And I can do either.”
- Stefan Struve blogged on mmafighting.com that his jiu-jitsu is stronger than Lavar Johnson’s, and then he proved it at UFC 146.
“I’m excited to be on an all-heavyweight card. I met Lavar (Johnson) the other day, nice guy. That’s the nice thing about being on a heavyweight card; everybody is nice because they don’t cut weight. The lightweights are always grumpy.”
- Dave Herman told MMA DieHards about some of the benefits of competing on a card with colleagues that don’t cut weight.
“That’s what’s next. Not only did (Velasquez) look good (against Antonio Silva), he looked lean. Well, he was undefeated. He was an undefeated champion, he wins a fight, and he gets another shot at Junior.”
- White said on FUEL TV that Velasquez will rematch dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight belt.
People! It feels so good to be back! Did you miss us? Sorry ’bout last week and everything. Consider it like a mandatory 14-day medical suspension from an athletic commission – there was nothing we could do about it. We had to take the time off. But it’s Tuesday, it’s 8:30, it’s time to party. No Wayne and Garth, but Mike, Hector, and Amy’ll have to do.
The B-to-the-D is back for another arse-kickin’ show. Mike, Hector, and Amy are joined this week by a relative newcomer who burst onto the mainstream scene just last week in Andreas Spang is gracing us with his presence for another stellar show.
Spang on Friday came into his Bellator Season 6 middleweight tournament semifinal fight against Brian Rogers as a big underdog – Rogers was a 5-to-1 favorite in the fight. And what’s crazier is that Spang, from Sweden, took the fight on less than a week’s notice. In his Bellator debut, with a shot at the middleweight finals on the line, Spang, like the honey badger, didn’t give a spit. He stopped Rogers with a second-round knockout. He’ll talk to us about the short-notice upset and his ambitions for the finals against UFC vet Maiquel Falcao.
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