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

“I back. Trust me, I back.”
- Anderson Silva announced a rematch with Chris Weidman in this video.

“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.

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.

MMA Diehards Awards: Breakthrough fighters of the year

UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey. (Photo Courtesy of mmabay.co.uk)


(The MMA Diehards staff has compiled lists for the best fighter of the year, fight of the year, KO of the year, submission of the year and breakthrough fighter of the year to close out 2012.)

“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey

Love her or hate her, Ronda Rousey is MMA’s biggest revelation of 2012.

For starters, “Rowdy” debuted for Strikeforce in March with a limb-snapping, submission of the year victory over Miesha Tate. Proving that armbar wasn’t a fluke, she destroyed Sarah Kaufmann with the same move during a 54-second rout last August.

Such dominance didn’t go unnoticed, and Rousey was soon trailblazing to bigger and better things. Closing 2012 by breaking the UFC’s gender barrier, she’s now the first female in the world’s premier fighting league. Given the Olympic judoka remains undefeated, no other star jumped higher last year.

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson

UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson. (Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com)

For one of the UFC’s smallest fighters, Demetrious Johnson made big waves last year.

“Mighty Mouse” first entered the history books in 2012 as a founding father of the UFC’s new flyweight division. From there, he defeated the dangerous Ian McCall not once, but twice, for a shot at the division’s vacant title. By besting Joseph Benavidez in September, “Mighty Mouse” made his most lasting mark serving as the UFC’s first 125 lb. champion.

Stefan “The Skyscraper” Struve

UFC heavyweight Stefan "The Skyscraper" Struve. (Photo courtesy of mmafighting.com)

Stefan Struve signed with the UFC long before last year, but he showed he’s its most improved heavyweight in 2012.

Racking up a 3-0 record over seven months, Struve can now stand tall after years of criticism for his unorthodox style. He began by knocking out Dave Herman in February, continued by subbing Lavar Johnson in May and ended with a TKO starching of Stipe Miocic in September. It’s an epic run, and one Struve spent proving he’s got better striking, fight IQ and guts than he’s often credited for.

Rory “Ares” MacDonald

UFC welterweight Rory "Ares" MacDonald. (Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com)

Is there any bigger villain in 2012 MMA than Rory MacDonald?

The answer’s a resounding “no” after seeing “Ares” pulverize B.J. Penn earlier this month. Fighting at UFC on Fox 5, MacDonald humiliated the beloved icon for three rounds before millions of shocked viewers. Watching MacDonald gleefully toy with Penn for 15 minutes, one sensed he could’ve finished him at any time but didn’t out of sheer sadism. If that doesn’t make MacDonald one of MMA’s most fearsome fighters, his April beatdown of Che Mills certainly does.

Matt “The Immortal” Brown

UFC welterweight Matt "The Immortal" Brown. (Photo courtesy of mysportsportal.com)

Matt Brown’s making his most successful run in pro MMA after 2012.

Entering the sport seven years ago, Brown showed promise but could never put together a strong win streak. In 2011, for example, “The Immortal” inked a 1-2 score. Changing tactics last year, he’s since won his last four fights and shows no signs of slowing down. As 2013 dawns, Brown has a second wind at his back and a bright future going forward.

Mark Hensch is an avid MMA fan who became interested in the sport through wrestling and karate. When not covering the hurt business, he serves as a digital editor for the Washington Times’ Times247.com in Washington D.C.

UFC on Fox 5: Rory MacDonald’s combat’s in another class

UFC welterweight Rory "Ares" MacDonald celebrates after a hard-fought battle in the Octagon. (Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com)


Rory MacDonald wants recognition as the UFC welterweight division’s god of war.

First entering the Octagon in 2010, MacDonald (Twitter: @Rory_Macdonald) made a strong opening statement by submitting Mike Guymon at UFC Fight Night 20 with an armbar that January. He’d next drop a close call to Carlos Condit in June 2010, losing via last-minute TKO at UFC 115.

It’s a defeat that transformed MacDonald, disappointment driving his skills toward new heights. Originally nicknamed “The Waterboy,” he decided he needed a new moniker reflecting fearsome violence. After much soul-searching, MacDonald picked “Ares,” reimagining himself after the ancient Greek deity of combat.

“When I used to be called ‘The Waterboy,’ it just kind of hung on,” MacDonald told MMADiehards’ Punch Drunk Radio on Oct. 30. “I got annoyed by it and just changed it. ‘Ares’ is one of two sides of me. I’m only in that mindset when I’m in the cage.”

“Ares” quickly amassed a 13-1 record, mowing through a murderers’ row of tough competition. He started by dominating Nate Diaz, suplexing him three times in a unanimous decision rout. Next, he destroyed Mike Pyle in a first round knockout. In his most recent massacre, MacDonald battered Che Mills into unconsciousness at UFC 145 last April.

Such an epic run hasn’t satisfied MacDonald’s bloodlust. He’ll next battle 16-8-2 B.J. “The Prodigy” Penn in Seattle, Wash. at UFC on Fox 5 on Dec. 8. Should “Ares” prevail, he’ll cement his status as one of the world’s top welterweights.

So far, no love’s lost between both men. Originally scheduled for UFC 152 last September, their duel was delayed after MacDonald sustained a deep cut while training. Taking issue with the holdup, Penn has questioned MacDonald’s dedication ever since.

“Penn said I was backing out from the fight and that’s just ridiculous,” MacDonald said. “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.”

If MacDonald seems cautious, it’s only because Penn’s a living legend. A titan of MMA, “The Prodigy” has won both the UFC welterweight and lightweight titles. As one of only two champions across weight classes in UFC history, he represents MacDonald’s toughest challenge yet.

“When you see Penn fight you know he’s a real fighter,” MacDonald said. “It’s not about money for him. I think he still wants to go in there and compete and show he’s still got it.”

“Ares” claims Penn won’t display any continued relevance come December. After months of healing, MacDonald said he’s ready for a rise further up the welterweight ranks.

“It’s my life to be at the gym and perfect my art,” he said. “I’m a very hard worker. I like competing and I like fighting. I’m back in the full swing of things now.”

At day’s end, “Ares” added, he thinks he can pulverize Penn fully healed. When the cage door closes next month, he said “The Prodigy” doesn’t have a prayer.

“When it’s your time, it’s your time,” MacDonald mused. “For him, that’s Dec. 8. When there’s a buildup like that, that’s when there’s electricity in the room.”

Mark Hensch is an avid MMA fan who became interested in the sport through wrestling and karate. When not covering the hurt business, he serves as a digital editor for the Washington Times’ Times247.com in Washington D.C.

Punch Drunk Radio: Rory MacDonald, Frank Trigg

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It’s that time of the week, people!  It’s Tuesday, aka Punch Drunk Radio Day, aka Tommy-ToeHold-eve!

Our crazy hosts, Amy Barton and Alex Donno, are back with another exciting episode of Punch Drunk Radio.  This week they are joined by MMA personality and former fighter Frank Trigg.  Also on the show, UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald will make an appearance.

Trigg (Twitter: @FRANKTRIGG) has so much personality he could be by himself and enjoy the company.  A former UFC welterweight No. 1 contender, Trigg is now venturing through the media side of MMA.  Full of hilarity and not afraid to speak his mind, Trigg is always a great guest to have on the show.

MacDonald (Twitter: @rory_macdonald) is approaching a match against legendary mixed martial artist B.J. Penn at “UFC on Fox 5” on Dec. 8.  The Canadian will grace the show with his presence and talk about his upcoming fight, as well as all the other fascinating things going on in the life of MacDonald.  Of course, we’ll hit on VADA drug testing, twitter sparring, and Rory’s explanation of why he originally called B.J. out to fight.

And you can bet, Barton and Donno will recap the past week of MMA, as well as preview what’s ahead.  Tune in, you’ll like.  We promise.

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, you can catch the archive on demand right HERE following the broadcast or at iTunes.

UFC champ Georges St-Pierre medically cleared, on schedule for UFC 154

http://mmajunkie.com/news/30409/ufc-champ-georges-st-pierre-medically-cleared-on-schedule-for-ufc-154.mma

Means-Trujillo, Cruickshank-Martinez moved from scrapped UFC 151 to UFC on FOX 5

http://mmajunkie.com/news/30399/means-trujillo-cruickshank-martinez-moved-from-scrapped-ufc-151-to-ufc-on-fox-5.mma

Henderson-Diaz title fight, Gustafsson-Rua, Penn-MacDonald set for UFC on Fox 5

http://mmajunkie.com/news/30172/ufc-on-fox-5-gets-henderson-vs-diaz-gustafsson-vs-shogun-penn-vs-macdonald.mma

UFC 150: Frankie Edgar vows to take back both his title and his belt

Frankie Edgar (photo: Maggie Krol/MMADieHards.com)

Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar isn’t fond of his current appellation.

Edgar (Twitter: @FrankieEdgar) is approaching his sixth consecutive title fight, four as champion and two as challenger. On Saturday, Edgar will battle Benson Henderson at UFC 150 in Denver, Colo. for a belt that as recently as February was his.

When the pair meets at Denver’s Pepsi Center, it’ll serve as Edgar’s latest stop in the light heavyweight limelight. Edgar first captured UFC gold when he defeated B.J. Penn at UFC 112, which was followed by an immediate rematch at UFC 118 when “The Answer” successfully defended his title for the first time. He went on to battle Gray Maynard to a draw at UFC 125. That outcome warranted another instantaneous rematch, one which Edgar won via KO against Maynard at UFC 136.

Edgar’s next defense paired him with Henderson, a former WEC lightweight champion, at UFC 144 in Japan. The match would mark the end of Edgar’s title run, but was close enough to warrant another rematch.

Heading into that second round, Edgar said he enjoyed the label of UFC lightweight champion. It had a nice ring to it and now that he has the opportunity to regain that delightful name, Edgar is anxious to do so.

“It stings a little bit when I’m called the ex-champ or former champ,” Edgar told Amy Barton, Alex Donno and Lloyd Woodard on Punch Drunk Radio on the MMADieHards Radio Network. “I’m looking forward to getting back in there and hopefully adding that title to my name.”

Immediately after the New Jersey native’s bout at UFC 144, there was much speculation that Edgar would drop down to the featherweight division and challenge long-time 145-pound champ Jose Aldo.

Unlike most fighters that go through a weight cutting process that allows them to be physically larger the night of the bout, Edgar competes close to his natural weight. His entire career he’s fought combatants that were bigger than him and for the past two years he’s been at the top of the lightweight division. There’s really no need for Edgar to drop a weight class when he is having such success in the division he’s belonged to since entering the UFC in 2007.

Though many arguments were made, even UFC president Dana White couldn’t convince Edgar why he should move down to a weight class that is 10 lbs. lighter. It was never an option for “The Answer.”

“A lot of people make it seem like I was out there lobbying for it,” Edgar said. “I definitely let Dana (White) and the UFC know I wanted a rematch. I felt the fight was close and I felt the last two fights before that were close and I gave rematches. I thought it was time to play that role and get a rematch.”

“I just had to sit down with Dana and Lorenzo (Fertitta) about a week and a half after the fight, we met in New York,” Edgard continued. “Dana has been lobbying for me to go down to 145 (pound weight class) for a while, but he understood the reasons I wanted to stay at 155 (pounds). I wanted another crack at the title and it was granted to me.”

It’s not a long stretch for the executives at the UFC to help Edgar with his requests when they can. After all, Edgar is one of the cleanest champs the UFC has had the pleasure of employing in terms of image.

With all the popularity and success Edgar has enjoyed, he stays level headed, focused in the gym, puts on entertaining fights that attract spectators and most importantly, keeps his boss happy. When an employee encompasses all those qualities it’s difficult going unnoticed.

“It’s hard to say what they want to do with the company and which direction they want to take it in,” Edgar said. “They’re good guys; I’m definitely a company guy. I do what they ask of me, I’m lucky they have eyes and they gave me this title shot.”

These rematches are becoming a trademark for Edgar, as are the adjustments he’s made in each one.

When Edgar defeated Penn it was considered a fluke. “The Answer” met Penn again and decisively beat “The Prodigy.” After coming to a draw with Maynard, Edgar rebounded with a stunning knockout that answered any questions in his rematch against “The Ultimate Fighter 5″ contestant. It should thus be expected Edgar greets Henderson for a second time with the proper adjustments made to succeed.

It’s Edgar in the Octagon demonstrating the changes made in each rematch, but there are a slew of people helping make those modifications.

“I got to attest that to my fight team,” Edgar said. “I feel my team makes the best game plan, especially my boxing coach Mark Henry. He’s obsessed when it comes to watching tape and figuring out little holes and things we can do to get better. I just do a good job of applying it at fight time.”

Undoubtedly, Edgar will do a good job at UFC 150 applying the alterations made in camp. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll assist in the former UFC lightweight champ in reclaiming the title he yearns for.

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

UFC commentator Joe Rogan

“I think they should fire judges that suck. I don’t understand how someone can keep their job over and over again while screwing up over and over. What do you call that exactly? Extreme incompetence. How does someone judge any sort of combat sport without at least a passing interest in the sport? If you pulled aside, and I don’t want to name any names, but if you pulled aside some of those judges from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, that has notoriously had horrific scoring, and started asking them about fighters that aren’t fighting in the UFC, would they know anything about them? Would they know anything about who the top judo guy is? Would they even know anything about Gilbert Melendez and how good he is? Do these guys know how you set up an armbar? If I sat them down and said, ‘Do an armbar on this guy’, would they be able to do that? I think you’ve got to know when a guy’s in trouble and when a guy’s not in trouble, and the only way to know that, is to have actually trained. I don’t think you can be a person who judges martial arts without being an expert in martial arts.”
- Joe Rogan talked to Bloody Elbow about the ongoing issue of horrendous MMA judging.

“To hear the first judge say, that he had won by only two points–and then to hear the other two judges go the other way–was just absurd. He clearly won the fight…I think he [Bradley] won one round because I think Pacquiao gave him a break in the 11th [round]…It was one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen and I think it’s really bad for the sport…There was definitely some favoritism in this one. More incompetent at this stage of their careers. Two of the judges are over 70 years old. Age 65 is when people retire…there should be a cut-off. Maybe they’re just not seeing the fights like they used to.”
­- Manny Pacquiao’s trainer and boxing coach extraordinaire, Freddie Roach, spoke to Yahoo! Sports, and shared  a similar opinion to Rogan’s, but regarding the poor judging  in the sport of boxing.

“An injury free Tito Ortiz is very, very dangerous, and Ryan Bader was the last guy who got a close up of that one. When I’m injury-free I’m very dangerous. Me around 2000, when I was fast a strong and I was strong and my confidence was through the roof, I could beat anyone. I could have beat anyone in the world, man. Now, 15 years later, look at me, I’m still competing against top guys in the world — like I always have done — but the injuries have taken their toll. If I was the same game but without the surgeries, then I’d still be the champion! When I look back at my loss to (Randy) Couture, that’s when I had my first back problem. I was suffering right through that fight camp, and I suffered for seven years with that back problem.”
- Tito Ortiz stated to Fighters Only that hadn’t he endured an abundance of injuries throughout his career, he would still be a UFC champion.

“It’s amazing. I’ve been waiting for a while for this. Not only for the division to open up, but since it opened up, I’ve been waiting for the title fight. So I was super excited to see those guys fight again — One, because I knew it was gonna be an excellent fight, and two, ‘cuz I get an opponent. So I was pacing back and forth the whole time they were fighting. I’m not gonna lie, I was rooting for ‘DJ’ a little bit, just ‘cuz I like him — McCall’s a great guy too — but now it’s finally over, and I can’t wait to make history.”
- Joseph Benavidez was joined Inside MMA, and spoke on being part UFC history with Demetrious Johnson in the first-ever flyweight title match.

“They offered Glover to us. I talked with my team, and we decided that Glover would not be interesting now. Glover is a top fighter. I know him. I respect him, but he just got into the UFC. He needs to get more fights. I had nothing to gain with that fight. We told the UFC that, for now, this fight is not interesting for me. After that, the UFC offered Brandon Vera, but they never threatened to cut me, nor I to leave the UFC. I’ve never picked my opponents. I’ve fought against the best, and I wanna keep doing it and to get my chance for the title. For sure, Glover is a top fighter, but today, if I beat him, I would gain nothing. So we decided to refuse this fight, but in the future, this fight can happen.”
- Mauricio “Shogun” Rua explained his reasons for not accepting a bout against Glover Teixeira in this video.

“It was one thing fighting Tim Kennedy before but now that he’s put out all these videos, I can’t lose to Katy Perry. I can’t lose to the Black Swan. I’ll be disgraced forever. Trust me; it’s a little more incentive to train my ass off even harder. Yeah, I can’t lose to the guy.”
- Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold referred to Tim Kennedy as a pop star on mmafighting.com, after a series of comedic videos made by the challenger.

“This is the biggest fight of my career. I’m going to be the big underdog. I always am the underdog. Everyone writes me off. Here’s this guy, he looks overweight, he’s got a stomach; that’s fine with me. I’m confident in myself. This upcoming fight is a huge fight for me. To be going against a guy fifth in the world and going to Brazil to fight him in his hometown, this could really kick my career into high gear.”
­- UFC heavyweight Mike Russow said on UFC.com he realizes how a win over Fabricio Werdum at UFC 147 will catapult his rank amongst the division.

“He’s still untested. I think everything they are saying is true. He’s very good. I think he comes from a very good team. He’s got a lot of very good people. They are going to have him ready. They are going to have him prepared but yes – like you said this is going to be a big fight this isn’t a small fight so there is going to be a lot on the line. All those different stressors and all those different things is definitely going to play into the cardiovascular system. … Without giving away too much, I definitely want to be the aggressor.”
- B.J. Penn was a guest on Just Scrap Radio, and talked about the test he has for Rory McDonald when the two welterweights meet at UFC 152.

­”The UFC had expressed interest in seeing Penn and I fight. At the time I had no idea that BJ was considering coming out of retirement. So I thought I would jump at the chance to fight him. I believe that this sport is performance based. If BJ and I go out there and put on a boring fight no one will want to see me fight the other top guys currently in the spotlight. On the flip side I can put on an exciting, technical fight and walk away victorious then it puts me in the mix and in the top five of the welterweight division.”
- McDonald told MMA Frenzy that defeating “The Prodigy” will elevate him to top five status in the UFC welterweight division.

“I would like him to do a test — a blood test. I think we both need to do that. I want a clean fight and he needs to prove he is not under any kind of substances. When you have a fight with two ‘clean’ fighters, you will know after the fight who is the real champion. A guy who uses doping is a fake fighter. I think he doesn’t deserve a title shot right now. … Overeem needs to have another fight before having a title shot.”
- UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos gave his opinion on Alistair Overeem’s deservingness of a title show when the Dutchman returns from suspension via ESPN.

“Make it a boxing match. I’ll find a way to win. Make it a kickboxing match. I’ll find a way to win. I’m not gonna play a dance-off with him, but if he wants to make it a combative man’s sport, I’ll do it. Make it a jiu-jitsu match, make it a wrestling match, make it an MMA fight. It doesn’t matter. He doesn’t have anything that I, as an athlete, won’t conquer. I’m a competitor. I will find a way to win, like I always do. ”
- Chael Sonnen stated he could beat Anderson Silva at any combative sport in a recent interview on UFC.com.

“He fights with his mouth. He’s not a top guy. He creates that style and looks for guys to give attention to him. But face to face, he’s like a kid. He’ll cry like a baby, man. I don’t know what kind of man can say something bad about you then say, ‘Hey Wanderlei, let’s shake hands.’ F** you man. You talked some bad things. I’m old school. You’re talking some bulls*** about me, don’t shake my hand. This guy lost respect from me. Not one fighter respects him. I don’t like his style and I hope Anderson Silva kicks his ass. I think Anderson will be knockout Chael in the third round.”
- Wanderlei Silva talked about Brazil’s nemesis, Sonnen, on The Fight Show with Mauro Ranallo.

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