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In Their Own Words: The Week’s Noteworthy MMA Quotes

“When I heard about the last-minute switch in coaches for the show Ronda is on, my first thought was, ‘That’s a pretty dick move.’”
- Dr. Ann Maria Rousey DeMars, Ronda Rousey’s mom, gave her thoughts about Miesha Tate filling in for Cat Zingano on “The Ultimate Fighter 18” via her blog.

“I did not expect this by any means after the loss to Cat, but I got it. I get to fight Ronda again. Everyone knows that I want that. Everyone knows that we don’t like each other, and I think that makes for more interesting TV. It just feels right.”
- Tate spoke to mmajunkie.com about her “TUF 18” opportunity.

“Miesha by herself isn’t that bad. Miesha in combination with her pet boyfriend, Mr. Tate, is frickin’ something else. She’s different when he’s around. I can’t stand him. I really feel like if she wasn’t with him, she would fight better and she would be a better person.

“He’s always glued to her hip, because if he’s not next to her, no one ever notices him.”
­- Rousey admitted to mmajunkie.com that Tate’s boyfriend, Bryan Caraway (Mr. Tate), irritates her more than her ongoing rival.

“When you look at my deal in the UFC, and the scope of what my deal with Bellator and TNA is, this is a dream come true.”
- Quinton “Rampage” Jackson talked to TMZ about his signing with Bellator.

“What can I say? I’m a little bit of a MMA slut. I think with today’s MMA landscape, the things I’ve been up to, the way the UFC is going to try and build the heavyweight division to epic status…it just sorta fit.”
- Josh Barnett joined Inside MMA to talk about his UFC employment.

“I would beat him, I always said that I would. I have the advantage in weight and height, so it would be more likely that I would beat him. But Anderson is one of my favorite fighters.”
­- Chuck Liddell told Fighters Only that he would be the victor in a match against Anderson Silva.

“He wants to fight me, and I want to fight him. [The UFC hasn't] offered me the fight yet. I’m just really hoping to get some answers soon.

“I’m really hoping for it, and I think I will get the fight. I think I will be offered a title fight very soon. Nothing is set or signed, though.”
- Alexander Gustafsson talked to mmafighting.com about his title aspirations.

“Yeah, man. I’ll go down in history as a guy who broke a terrorist’s nose, you know, I think that’s history enough. But I just want to tell all my Boston people at home and across America — especially my Boston natives — I wish I could’ve done a lot more. If I had any idea — trust me — I swear to you that I would’ve risked my own blood, sweat and tears and I would’ve killed him with my bare hands.”
- John “Doomsday” Howard told AboveAndBeyondMMA.com about his experiences training with one of the Boston Marathon bombers.

“There was one time a guy sent me a private message saying that he was going to kill himself. He had lost his job…Luckily, he was in Jersey, so when I got that message, I messaged him back right away and asked him where he was. He told me where he was…I told him to wait because I was going to get a beer, too. So I know that this guy now has a job; he is working hard, supporting his family…he realized how foolish his thought was like that, you know? I remember having my beer with him.”
- Renzo Gracie told stephaniejoplin.com about a lifesaving experience that developed through a social media platform.

“Listen, the UFC can live without me, absolutely 100%. The dude who started (expletive) McDonalds is gone. Dave Thomas is gone.”
- Dana White talked to Middle Easy about when he steps down from UFC presidency.

“Do you see the UFC blasting me anywhere to gain that attention?  No, you don’t.  They don’t have any interest in promoting me in any type of way, obviously, for these last four fights.  For whatever reason.  But like they say, ‘You can’t cry over spilled milk.’  Could that be possible?  A 100 percent, a 100 percent possible.  They could have made these last two-three fights blown up where that might catch the attention of some of the past experience that I do have in acting.  But they haven’t lifted a finger to do so because they’re not interested, obviously.”
- Mike Pyle explained to MMA DieHards that he thinks the UFC has no interest in promoting his movies along with his MMA career.

“Judging and reffing issues in the sport seem to be one of the most glaring problems I see in MMA.  There are many good ones, but, man, there are some horrible ones also.  Fighters get suspended for doing things wrong.  Officials should suffer the same fate if they aren’t showing competence in their job.”
- Pat Miletich, a coach, commentator and retired fighter, spoke to mixedmartialarts.com about the incompetent judging in MMA.

“Rampage” Jackson signs with Bellator

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MMA Cypher Radio: Bubba Jenkins

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Monday’s edition of MMA DieHards Radio welcomes a Bellator newcomer.

Hosts Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMADieHards) and Corey Charron (Twitter:@charronkotd) are joined by  recently signed Bellator lightweight Bubba Jenkins.

Jenkins (Twitter: @2sinsurrJenkins) signed with Bellator Fighting Championships last week.  The 3-0 mixed martial artist was an NCAA Division I wrestling champion at Arizona State in 2011.  He is a rising prospect in MMA, and now that he is in Bellator, Jenkins will work for a chance to defeat Bellator lightweight champ Michael Chandler again, who he beat in collegiate wrestling.

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Jansen out of Bellator 96 due to ACL injury, Chandler meets Rickels June 19

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Bubba Jenkins signs with Bellator

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MMA DieHards Radio: Mike Pyle, Michael Chandler

 

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At 6:30p.m. ET on Wednesday’s edition of MMA DieHards Radio hits you with a UFC veteran, and a Bellator champ.

Hosts Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMADieHards) and Joe Rizzo (Twitter: @rearnakedchoke) welcome UFC welterweight Mike Pyle to the show, as well Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler.

Pyle (Twitter @Mike_Pyle) is coming off a split decision win over Rick Story at UFC 160.  “Quicksand” is on a four-fight win streak, and while he didn’t get the finish on story, he ended his previous three victories via KO/TKO.  We’ll chat with Pyle and see what’s next for the 14-year MMA veteran.

Chandler (Twitter: @MichaelChandlerMMA), an undefeated Bellator defending champion, puts his title on the line against Dave Jansen in the Bellator Summer Series on June 19 at the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla.  Chandler won the belt from longtime Bellator standout Michael Chandler in 2011, and defended it once against Rick Hawn at Bellator 85 in January.

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Punch Drunk Radio: Topps Cards’ Jeremy Fullerton, Jason High, Gerald Harris

Punch Drunk Radio

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Tonight, Punch Drunk Radio hosts Amy Barton (Twitter: @amesbelle) and Alex Donno (Twitter: @Alex Donno) welcome a trio of guests.

UFC welterweight Jason High (Twitter: @KCBanditMMA) will join the show.  Following a three-year hiatus from the UFC, High returns to the Octagon on a seven-fight win streak when he meets Erick Silva at UFC on Fuel TV 10.

Former UFC middleweight Gerald Harris (Twitter: @GHurricaine) will also stop by this evening’s podcast.  Harris is now a welterweight, competing in the WSOF.  Harris is also the proud owner of a gym, Hurricane Training Center, which he operates in Tulsa, Okla.

Also on tonight’s episode, Jeremy Fullerton (Twitter: @TheDweeze), Brand Manager for UFC Brands at Topps, will preview Topps’ newest product on the market, which happens to be a fan favorite.  The “UFC Knockout” line is one of the more sought after series of Topps UFC trading cards, and Fullerton can advise collectors and hobbyists what to expect.  Don’t miss the Topps Cards giveaways we’ll be doing on the show and on Twitter! Follow along at @PunchDrunkMMA

Tune in to Punch Drunk Radio every Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET for exclusive fighter interviews, special guests, breaking news, contests, event recaps and much more – only on the MMA DieHards Radio Network. If you can’t be here live, catch the archive on demand right HERE following the broadcast – or on iTunes!

In Their Own Words: The Week’s Noteworthy MMA Quotes

Retired UFC light heavyweight Forrest Griffin

“It’s been a good eight years, I guess.  Biggest thing I’ve learned… when Dana White says, retire, otherwise you will blow your knee out.”
- Forrest Griffin joked in his retirement speech that he should have took UFC president Dana White’s previous advice to hang up his gloves.

“I want B.J. Penn to retire. Dude, you’ve won belts in two different weight classes, you’re one of the greatest ever and you became a huge superstar. You have money, you have a beautiful family. But, it’s hard man, it’s hard to walk out of that arena that is packed with everyone screaming your name and you’re making tons of money. It’s hard to walk away from that — really hard to walk away from that.”
- White requested that B.J. Penn retire in a UFC 160 post-fight media scrum.

“It’s hard to say it. It’s like you can’t say it, even though it probably is true. I would love to put closure on my career with one last fight at (Madison Square) Garden, but at the same time, if that doesn’t happen, I definitely consider myself done. It’s hard to say the ‘R word.’ I might never say the ‘R word.’”
- Matt Serra talked to Newsday about the possibility that he has graced the Octagon for the last time.

“It was a shocker.  (Grant) just turned it on and is wrecking everybody, literally wrecking everybody.”
- White talked about T.J. Grant’s UFC 160 performance against Gray Maynard in a UFC 160 post-fight media scrum.

“I make money no matter who I fight. Do I want a shot at the belt? Yes, of course I do. Put it this way, I am Barry Sanders on the Detroit Lions. You love to watch me, but you’ll never see me play in the Super Bowl. It’s just one of those things. It’s about politics. It’s not about fighting.”
- Roy Nelson explained to Bleacher Report; the reason he thinks he will never fight for a UFC title.

“(They don’t) idolize us, but put us on a pedestal, and not just look to rip us apart. It makes you feel good about yourself. They definitely appreciate the fighters and the sport.”
- Phil Baroni said to MMA Junkie of the Singapore fans that will be attending his bout against Nobutatsu Suzuki on Friday at “ONE FC 9: Rise to Power.”

“I’m not an idiot.  I know Bellator is trying to get Mo as their champ.  I swear I’m gonna do everything in my power to (expletive) up their plans for that.  That has been my driving force.  I’m being overlooked and it pisses me off.”
- Seth Petruzelli, who meets Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in a Bellator bout on June 19, told mixedmartialarts.com he is on to the promotion’ plans, and he intends on spoiling them.

“You know, it’s very complicated what to say about that.  A lot of guys, they like to drink, you know; I don’t drink, I like to smoke.  I don’t smoke anymore, because I really can’t [with my career], but I used to like a lot because it helps me to relax- it’s not like a drug like everybody say[s]. So actually, it’s legal in California, you know.  To be honest, I don’t think it’s fair, you know, because it doesn’t change your performance.”
- Thiago Silva talked to BJPenn.com about marijuana being a banned substance throughout athletic commissions.

“I’m actually at a disadvantage. Before the surgery, I started on hormone replacement surgery, back in 2002, 2003. I have to. If I don’t take estrogen hormone replacement therapy, I can get osteoporosis.  So any of the women I’m competing against, my testosterone levels are drastically lower than theirs; it’s almost nothing.”
- Fallon Fox was a guest on Inside MMA, and spoke about her hormone treatment.

“This is a joke and a feeble attempt to jump on the bandwagon and get a little publicity. It’s sad that someone would stoop so low. I know if someone elbowed Miesha I would say something about it right then, not when conveniently there’s a ton of media involved. Total lies and BS.”
- Brian Caraway took to Facebook to dismiss Cat Zingano’s claims that he elbowed her in the head prior to the TUF 18 coach’s match against Miesha Tate.

“I saw that John Dodson thought I was talking a lot of crap about him because I said he’s explosive, and I want to clear the air.  John Dodson is an amazing athlete, a great fighter; he has amazing technique and skill set.  When I was trying to get a point across I said that his greatest asset that I was worried about was his explosiveness.  That’s the only thing I was worried about.  I know he has great technique and all that other stuff, I’m not saying that’s all he has.  In my general category, when I go into fight him, that’s the only thing I worried about.  How he can explode on people and knock them out.  He took it the opposite way and thought I said, ‘He’s just explosive and that’s all he has.’  That’s the only thing I was worried about against him.  He’s a great fighter, has a great skill set, great athlete, amazing ambassador for the sport.  I just wanted to clear that up on the air.  I hope this gets back to him so he knows I wasn’t disrespecting him.”
- Demetrious Johnson, on MMA DieHards Radio, straightened out any bad blood between him and John Dodson.

Lima-Saunders, Koreshkov-Askren set for Bellator Summer Series on July 31

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