UFC president Dana White.(photo: Hector Castro/MMADieHards.com)
“Anderson Silva is so far the best fighter in the world, f—— pound-for-pound, they ought to make a whole other list for him. I don’t know what you call it, but he should be on that list. That’s how good this guy is.
“This guy is 38 years old and still performing at the level. Bonnar went the distance with Jon Jones and he said to me after his fight with Anderson Silva, he was in total shock. Not to mention the fact that we find out (Bonnar) was on steroids.”
- Dana White described the magnitude of Anderson Silva’s greatness via MMA Weekly.
“Anderson vs. GSP is meaningless. It would make sense if Anderson fought Jon Jones. Anderson is a fighter at another level. I’m not underestimating Jones but praising Anderson. He’s one of the best that has existed, I always thought it.”
- Vitor Belfort praised A. Silva in an interview with oglobo.
“I think that he’s trying to stay away from me. What other reason is there? I tried to analyze it every which way. He said because [Diaz] talked trash. Who cares? I work out with guys that talk trash to me every day. People do talk trash and it’s all fun and games. Who cares what somebody says over the internet or to your face? You fight to prove your worthiness. That’s the way I look at it, and I feel I proved I can go with GSP, and that I should go with GSP, and here he is keeping me out of that.”
- Johny Hendricks was a guest on The MMA Hour, and he talked about Georges St-Pierre taking a bout against Nick Diaz instead of “Big Rigg.”
“I’m not ducking; I can’t split myself in half. A lot of people want to fight me. Anderson Silva, Johny Hendricks, Nick Diaz. Everyone is calling me. They want the big fight and the pay-per-view. I’m going to take one fight at a time.
“Johny Hendricks is a good challenge and is an amazing fighter, but I saw his fight with Josh Koscheck and it was very close. Some people give it to Josh. But he won in a very good fashion in his last fight.
“For me, I was more motivated to fight Nick than Johny Hendricks. I know Johny is going to smack talk to motivate me, but right now I’m focused on Nick Diaz and we’ll see what happens later.”
- St-Pierre explained to FUEL TV, his reason for choosing to fight Diaz.
“I’ve seen some people talking s—, ‘ohh, the women’s fight is headlining. Ronda Rousey is badass, she’s a champ, her opponent stepped up to the plate and wanted this fight with her when no one, others didn’t. I don’t give a s– what they say, that’s a fact.”
- White defended fans complaining about Ronda Rousey headlining UFC 157 via mmafighting.com.
“I think they’re putting a little too many eggs in one basket. I mean, what happens if (Rousey) goes out there and she does lose to Liz for some reason? Then it’s kind of like, all of this that they’ve put into it is all nothing. I feel like it’s not maybe the smartest thing to just base everything solely off of Ronda, when clearly there’s more talent and I’m also right here, too. I really feel like I was a big part of making history. If I’d just tapped out when Ronda got me in the armbar, it wouldn’t have been such an explosive thing. I feel like the reason she’s up for submission of the year is because of my stubbornness.”
- Miesha Tate explained to mmamania, her thoughts on the UFC giving a large amount of attention to Rousey.
“Bisping, please. I want a piece of him. I don’t want to talk. Let’s talk in the cage. He bothers me. If I can’t fight Bisping, Mark Munoz, you’re next in line. I hope the UFC gives me the opportunity. I want to fight in the next couple of months, right away. I’m healthy. I don’t have any injuries, and I’m ready.”
- Hector Lombard requested a match against Michael Bisping on FUEL TV.
“I think I have a lot of answers for his style. Sometimes he fights a wrestler like Guida who doesn’t have great hands and sometimes he fights strikers who can’t really wrestle. Look his fights against “Cowboy” Cerrone back in the day or even Pettis. I have that wrestling pedigree where he ain’t taking me down and I’ll be stuffing some shots. I’m not backing away and I’ll be dropping some bombs. I’m not an easy guy to stand with. I have a lot of power and I’m not running away from kicks. I don’t run away from anything. I hold my ground. I’ll be coming for him and anything he dishes out I’ll be answering back twice as hard.”
- Gilbert Melendez told the Bleacher Report, he believes he has the skill-set to defeat Benson Henderson.
“I can’t believe people perceived it that way. Beatdown” show on Wednesday. “It makes no sense to me because the shuffle is a technique. It’s a way to draw your opponent’s attention. Rory did the technique three or four times, and he followed it up with a superman punch. It’s exactly what we drilled. He was trained to do that. He was not just doing it to showboat. He was doing it to execute a strike.”
- Firas Zahabi, trainer to Rory MacDonald, explained to Sherdog that his fighter was not showboating against B.J. Penn at UFC 154.
“It doesn’t matter, I don’t fight for them. People can love me or hate me, I fight for myself and because I love it. It is what it is.”
- MacDonald told MMA Weekly who he fights for.
“It was an absolute nightmare, I wanted to sue for psychological damage, I wasn’t the same person,” Ricci said. “I actually thought I had a case, ‘I’m not the same person, I can do this and win.’ But, I felt like don’t get me wrong, I knew what I was getting into I knew how I was going to react. Even some of the producers in the house toward the end were like, ‘Geez, you’re the most institutionalized fighter we’ve ever seen, we’ve done 11 seasons and we’ve never seen anyone like you, you’re like a robot now.’
-Mike Ricci talked to The MMA Hour about his experiences in the “TUF 16” house.
“They’re doing the stuff they feel they have to do to get some recognition or whatever. I don’t blame them. I would, too, if I was them. I’d be looking at everything I could to try to make myself look like the UFC or advertise anywhere near the UFC. I don’t blame them.”
- White told mmajunkie that he isn’t angered over Bellator airing commercials during UFC broadcasts.