“I just think that [Silva is] going to go in there and take care of business. That’s what I feel very confident about. I don’t know what his game plan is going to be. I think it’s still too early, but I believe in Anderson Silva and whatever he decides to do, I have faith in him.”
- Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, talked to Sherdog about the rematch between his client and UFC middleweight champion Weidman.
“Nobody likes to lose. I train four months to win. But you end [up] learning with your mistakes, and I learned the worst way possible. After everything that happened, we calm down and I realized I had something to question, even question Anderson Silva. I lost to myself, and that’s the worst loss. Losing by knockout shakes you, [it] will be in history, but will leave a lesson.”
- A. Silva stated to Globo TV that he learned from his loss to Weidman.
“I’m super stoked about being on the same card as Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman. It’ll alleviate some of the promotional stress and pressure because there’ll be more of us working to promote this big card.”
- Ronda Rousey admitted to USA Today that being demoted to co-main event at UFC 168 due to “Weidman vs. Silva 2” is a relief.
“I haven’t said anything that wasn’t true. My message to Rory is pretty clear: Pick some flavors of baby food and find one that you like and stock up, because this isn’t a ‘Tears for Fears’ lookalike contest. All I said was, ‘Prepare for some horizontal television time,’ and I meant it.”
- Jake Ellenberger spoke on his UFC on Fox 8 opponent, Rory MacDonald, during the UFC on Fox 8 conference call.
“Sometimes you train so hard and for so long and you only get 15 minutes max of game day for a few times a year. So sometimes it’s nice to spend a little time in there and get hit once or twice or hit him a little more. Sometimes it’s just a little more fun. Sometimes, you just want to hurt someone and devastate their lives fast. But I only react to how I’m feeling that night.”
- MacDonald answered back on the UFC on Fox 8 conference call, saying that punishing Ellenberger may be an option.
“[Henderson is] a whole new fighter, a way different fighter than he was in the WEC days. But I am, too. It’s not like I’m the same Anthony Pettis you fought in Arizona. This is a totally different Anthony Pettis. It’s funny because my last two fights, the world only got to see me perform for like two minutes, so no one really knows how much I’ve evolved as a fighter. I’m excited to get out there and show what I’ve been working on.”
- Anthony Pettis joined The MMA Hour, and talked about differences between him and UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson, as the two mixed martial artists meet in a rematch at UFC 164.
“You train, you do everything, you’ve done everything that you could and to know that your boss believes in you that you can beat Georges St-Pierre means everything. That’s just confidence that you can shock the world. The only difference is Georges won’t have his hands down. I want to knock him out, but I want his hands to be up. I want to punch people’s hands and I want to lay him out the right way.”
- Johny Hendricks talked to mmafighting.com about having a certain confidence heading into his bout against UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
“That wasn’t my plans, UFC wanted me to go to 170. They believe that I have, that I will perform better at 170 than 185. I have to do what the bosses say you know. Can’t argue with the bosses. If it were up to me, I would have stayed at 185. I have to be disciplined and I have to do what they want me to do. I’ve been training hard and I think I will be able to make it and I will be able to perform better that way. “That wasn’t my plans, UFC wanted me to go to 170.”
- Hector Lombard explained to The MMA Hour that the drop from middleweight to welterweight was no choice of his own.
“You know how being a fighter is, your mind changes from time-to-time. Of course I’m looking, Anderson (Silva) he’s 39 and he’s in there fighting, I’m like ‘I’m 34, why can’t I fight again?’ It’s gotta be right. There’s no sense in me going back into the Octagon and getting beat up in front of everybody, that just doesn’t make any sense.”
- B.J. Penn told UFC Tonight about the possibility of retirement.
“I’m excited about getting a W against anybody at lightweight, but especially against this guy. They’re giving me money at this point.”
- Jorge Masvidal told mmajunkie.com that fighting Mike Chiesa is easy money.
“People got to understand, the fighters at the top are the fighters that are supposed to get paid, because they’re the guys that are bringing people in, bringing eyes to the TV, getting pay-per-views buys, and putting people in the seats. I mean, that’s what it comes down to. You want to get that? Beat everybody. Be good enough. If you’re not good enough to get there — sorry. It’s not a welfare state.”
- Chuck Liddell, via Fight Club, addressed fighters complaining about their pay.
“No. After I talked about looking at what we’re doing with the bonuses, the fighters all made it clear that they want to keep the post-fight bonuses and the discretionary bonuses.”
- Dana White clarified on the UFC on Fox 8 conference call that OTN bonuses will continue.