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Twitter MMA: Best of the Week for Sept. 24 – Oct. 1

chael sonnen ‏@sonnench

“Deserve?” I don’t wait, I take. You’re not the BEST, you’re just NEXT.@jonnybones #fixurarmurgonnaneedit

chael sonnen ‏@sonnench

Hey Jon, What do you think will cost more? Your hospital tab or the settlement you made with the two broads from the backseat?@jonnybones

chael sonnen ‏@sonnench

You made them disappear but I’m not going anywhere Johnny!!

Roy Nelson ‏@roynelsonmma

I begging you @danawhite and @lorenzofertitta put me in since you need someone. I will fight and I promise people will watch

Daniel CormierVerified ‏@dc_mma

@kraigss@dc_mma Roy Nelson has been pleading to be the replacement…what do you think about him? @roynelsonmma” ok

Roy NelsonVerified ‏@roynelsonmma

@RGBJacob @dc_mma @kraigss @ShaneCarwin But that ok it called training

Shane CarwinVerified‏@ShaneCarwin

@roynelsonmma @RGBJacob @dc_mma@kraigss since you like “less training” use that time to brush up on your grammar.#education is good4U

Daniel Cormier ‏@dc_mma

.@danawhite offer the fight to @HypeOrDie he’s from Louisiana like me. He will take the fight. Let’s do it!

Pat Barry ‏@HypeOrDie

@dc_mma @danawhite DRAG UM FROM THE RIVA THROW HIS BODY IN CHUCK YAWD WIT A NOTE AROUND HIS NECK SAYIN BAADASS YELLABOY!!!

Dana White ‏@danawhite
not true, we cut king mo and his manager came back to us and asked If WE wanted to match and we said no. Reb is wrong

Dana White ‏@danawhite
the right is in the contract but when u cut a guy u dont fuck with him when he is trying to make a living. Bad s— it’s dirty as u can get in the fight biz to do that to a guy

Dana White ‏@danawhite
I don’t have an opinion one way or the other. Has been a quiet guy doing his thing. I have no problems with (Rebney). Bellator ended up not matching the best offer Nam received, so this is one where it all ends well.

Josh Koscheck ‏@JoshKoscheck

My 1st hard day! I am ready 2 fight,1week notice. I’ll fight anyone 185 or 170. Sick of this sitting around shit. Lets go. Who wants some?

Ben Askren @Benaskren

Accidentally ripped this off trying to open the hatch. Guess my grip is as good as everyone says. pic.twitter.com/dKSZrjRa

MMA Roasted ‏@MMARoasted

The UFC just announced that Stefan Struve is actually 3 members of Team Alpha Male standing on one another. #UFC

Dan Hardy ‏@danhardymma

My post-victory Lego set. #30YearOldChild pic.twitter.com/H5x0FTxc

Dan Hardy ‏@danhardymma

Hmmm… This one may take a while. None of the bags are numbered either. pic.twitter.com/JjzWNHhS

Dan Hardy ‏@danhardymma

Ten hours well spent. #LegoMarathon pic.twitter.com/4NyL2pRK

MMA Roasted ‏@MMARoasted

Steven Seagal just took credit for Duane Ludwig’s knee injury. #UFC

Kyle Kingsbury ‏@Kingsbu

“Good stoppage http://pic.twitter.com/NDNoLf6U” Although I wanted a 3rd round, MRI just confirmed multiple fractures above the eye and nose.@ufc

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

UFC light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar

“If I could find a weakness or work him over on the ground, that’s great. But if I can’t and I’m forced to fight one of those blood-and-gut fights – I know he’s really accurate with his strikes. I know that. I’m going to get hit. I just need to keep pushing forward. That’s what I do.”
- Stephan Bonnar told mmajunkie.com that he is going to fight like the typical “American Psycho” when he faces Anderson Silva at UFC 152.

“It would be an interesting karate duel but I don’t know at what weight we would do it. If it is at 185lbs, I will go for it.”
- Lyoto Machida admitted to Fighters Only that he would be willing to meet UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in a middleweight showdown.

“It’s tough seeing the fighters going out when you know you can’t go in there. I don’t know if the competitor ever leaves you. It’s tough dialing it down. … There are times I’ve had to turn down the intensity and just be a normal human being on fight night.”
- Kenny Florian explained to mmajunkie.com, how difficult  it is to watch MMA and not want to compete, since he has retired.

“This is the first time I’ve ever said this to anybody and I don’t think anybody knows except for my wife because she was there when I went through this.  I was contemplating going to the military.  In the very beginning of my career I was working full-time and also training, but at the same time there was no assurance that you’ll be taking care of for the rest of your life.  I was contemplating going to the army because I felt if you went to the army you would have full benefits and be taken care of.  That’s what you could say that was the low point of my career, but one of my coaches was like, ‘You know, if you go to the army you won’t have the time to fight or train or do anything you want.  Wherever they tell you to go, you’re going to go and you can’t say no other ifs, ands or buts.’  So, I would say that was the lowest point of my life, when I was contemplating giving up mixed martial arts.  I was getting ready to say screw it, because I had to take care of my family.”
- Demetrious Johnson admitted to MMA DieHards that he nearly quit MMA and joined the army instead.

“I’ll still be training at Tristar. But I have to do things my way. At the end of the day, I’m the one getting in the cage and taking the risk and I’m the one making the final call.”
- Rory MacDonald told Fuel TV that it’s time he does things his way.

“I’ll be honest, it’s not just because I lost $65,000 dollars. It’s not because I’m not going to see that. Looking at the moves as a technician, judging as a technician, as a professional, as a grappler, my move was ten times more difficult, and you know, way more impressive than his move. Maybe that’s how people judge. Maybe they judge how big the fight is, maybe they judge the fighter as well. Who knows?”
- Vinny Magalhaes told mmafightcorner that his submission at UFC 152 was more impressive and deserving of “Submission of the Night” than Jones’, the fighter who did win it.

“Bellator has gotten bigger, and the Spike TV alliance and the Viacom acquisition have opened up a lot of doors with us. With the demise of the WECs and Afflictions, and with all the troubles that Strikeforce is having, there are less and less alternatives.

“Now there are only two. There’s still a huge number of world-class fighters around the world who are looking for a place with huge television alliances to ply their trade.”
- Bjorn Rebney told USA Today that Bellator and the UFC are the best options for a professional mixed martial artist nowadays.

“I have a lot of new skills I’ve picked up this year and haven’t used yet.  I could put Sadollah on his back and choke him out if I want to. Then again, the left hook might take over the day and put him to bed instead.”
- Dan Hardy told MMA DieHards he intended to use a number of newly acquired techniques to defeat Amir Sadollah.

“I think everyone in all due respect just needs to calm down Chris Weidman just because he’s undefeated. He’s undefeated because he’s beaten a bunch of bums. He’s only had about seven fights. I’ve had nearly 30 fights. I’ve been in the UFC when he was still in school probably. So I got nothing against Chris Weidman, but I don’t see him as the Great White Hope that’s going to come in and destroy Anderson Silva. He’s just another middle of the road UFC fighter as far as I’m concerned.”
- Michael Bisping talked to mmafightcorner about the UFC rising star, Chris Weidman.

“It f—ing makes me sick. Listen, you don’t want big opportunities, I hear you. I get it, then. All I can say is, I guess he doesn’t want big opportunities. I get it. Duly noted.

“He wants to fight a guy who weighs 205, but doesn’t want to fight the guy who’s the real heavyweight, the legitimate guy who’s ranked. And Mitrione’s not getting any younger.”
- Dana White confirmed with mmajunkie.com that Matt Mitrione neglected to fight Daniel Cormier, and apparently the UFC president is not happy with “Meathead’s” choice.

“I don’t respect that guy. I don’t like him. I just think he’s disrespectful. He’ll talk all kinds of sh*t behind your back and stuff, but then when he’s at my face, all he wanted to do was talk about the UFC contracts to me. I’m like, ‘Who are you, man? Get out of my face.’ I’m just not up for that type of bullsh*t. I hate people that when you turn around, they’re stabbing you in the back, and when you’re back at their face, they’re trying to be your best friend. That doesn’t work for me. There’s nobody else I want to fight more. I can’t wait to fight this guy. I’m excited that he’ll be the first guy I get to punch when I get back to action.

“Listen, Roy is a talented fighter. Could he be a lot better? I think he could if he would actually be serious about it, and have coaches he would listen to, and things like that. I’m pretty sure he’s uncoachable. He just likes to hear himself talk and tell everybody how great he is.”
- Shane Carwin was a guest on TapouT Radio, and “The Ultimate Fighter 16” coach shared his opinion on the opposing coach, Roy Nelson.

“I don’t really understand how you fly out to Africa, look out on the savannah, look at those animals and go ‘You know, I want to kill that.’ I can’t make sense of that in my head. For someone who’s a self-proclaimed good-guy Christian, it just doesn’t calculate. He’s getting his morals mixed up somewhere. He really needs to have a look at himself and question what he’s doing.

“Hunting for food, that’s one thing, but going out and shooting…I mean on that blog he was out there for what, two weeks? And he shot fifty animals. I don’t think he’s going to eat that, let’s be honest. He’s not my kind of person.”
- Hardy gave his thoughts on Matt Hughes’s hunting photos via Fighters Only.

Hammerfisting MMA Podcast: Episode 125 – Sheriff of Funny Town

 

Episode 125  -  Sheriff of Funny Town 

Stand up comedians Luis J. Gomez, Kris Tinkle, and Julian Vance talk MMA news and rumors!  On this brand-spankin’ new episode, they discuss UFC 152 in great detail, Strikeforce’s cancellation of this weekends Melendez vs. Healy card, Frank Mir’s injury, Dana White vs. Bjorn Rebney, Anthony Johnson’s current winning streak, UFC on FUEL TV 5 picks, and more!  Most importantly, Kris declares himself “Sheriff of Funny Town”.  Not news:  Luis is angry, as usual. 

 

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

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. (Photo courtesy of UFC.com)

“I wasn’t close to tapping out at all. I was ready to face the music and get it broken if I had to get it broken. I proved a lot to myself tonight and I’m grateful for it. I haven’t gotten x-rays, so I’m not going to sit here and feed into a little pain. But I’ll definitely live on to fight another day. Every time I extended my right hand or tried to use an elbow on my right side, I felt it. I felt as if I really didn’t have any power in my right side at all but it’s a long ways from my heart.”
- UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones talked about his gutsy performance at UFC 152 during the UFC 152 post-fight press conference.

“I’ve always had great respect for Jon Jones and know he is a great champion. When I felt his arm snap, I decreased the pressure, and he got out. Simple as that. During the bout, he managed to work his elbows well (from the top), but I was never afraid. But he was very good in the fight.”
- Vitor Belfort told Brazil’s Globo TV that he couldn’t commit to breaking Jones’ arm in the UFC 152 main event.

“Let me tell you what: If you didn’t like that flyweight fight, please, I’m begging you, don’t ever buy another UFC pay-per-view again”
- UFC president Dana White let it be known at the UFC 152 post-fight press conference that if you don’t appreciate the UFC 125-pound weight class, your money is not welcome here .

“You have to be in a constant grove where you’re always fighting high-level guys.  My last few fights have been against No. 1 guys in the world.  McCall was ranked the No. 1 fighter in the world at 125 pounds and he was the TPF champ.  Now, I’m taking on the uncrowned champ at 125 (pounds) in the world, Benavidez, for the UFC title.  My career has not easy or handed to me by any means.  I’ve worked my butt off to get here.”
- UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson talked to MMA DieHards about facing upper echelon opponents throughout the last half of his career.

“I don’t talk much about Bellator.  But what they do is one of the dirtiest things you can do in the business. It’s dirty, it’s grimy, and it’s just despicable.  I have the right to match, but once I cut a guy and let him go and somebody else tries to sign him, I don’t come back say ‘Oh you’re breaking the contract, I have a contract.’  When you make a decision to cut him, you cut him.  That’s one of the dirtiest scummiest things you can do in the fight business.”
- White talked in this media scrum about Bellator’s antics regarding Tyson Nam.

­“I really don’t know, I don’t know if it would have made much of a difference if they had told me. But they didn’t tell me that they were going to cancel the fight.”
- Jones said at the UFC 152 pre-fight press conference that he had no inclination UFC 151 would be cancelled if he refused to fight.

“I’m glad he said some things. I don’t think he would have said that if I was there. It was false that he didn’t know that UFC 151 would be canceled if he didn’t take the fight. I told him it would. I think he’s acting like he’s taking it all very lightly. I don’t know if he’s embarrassed. There was a lot of collateral damage from the fallout. He needs to take it seriously. There’s been a lot of fans turn on him.”
- White disputed Jones’ claim of being unaware UFC 151 would be cancelled had he not fight, via FUEL TV.

“Fighters, when they get to certain levels, it’s difficult to train for a big fight when you’re in a gym where there are 15 other guys training for a big fight. Sometimes you can get lost in there, and there’s not enough individual attention on what you need to accomplish technically in order to prepare for your fight.”
- Brian Stann explained on ufc.com, his reason for moving his UFC 152 training camp from New Mexico to Atlanta.

“I would consider dropping to 185, but the problem is, I’m kind of heavy right now. I might have to do a practice cut to get down there before I make any commitment to fight at 185. I’ve never cut weight like that, not since college. And, I always told myself, I said, ‘If I compete again, there’s no way that I’ll turn myself into what I did in college, as far as living just to cut weight and stuff like that.’ If the offer is interesting enough, I’ll drop down. But, if not, I’ll stay at 205. It makes no sense for me to drop down to 185 to be right in the same position I’m in now at 205.”
- UFC light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans admitted on MMA Uncensored that he would consider a drop to middleweight if the match was intriguing to him.

“Everything has it’s time. He’ll have his opportunity to fight for the belt. Maybe I fight next before he gets the shot, I lose and he fights someone else. We don’t know. I can fight Bonnar, lose and say: ‘you know what, I don’t want it anymore’. Or maybe I win and say ‘I don’t want this anymore’. Or maybe drop to welterweight or move up to heavyweight. Anything can happen. Every UFC fighter will have their chance. You have to work and wait for your opportunity.”
- UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva told Guilherme Cruz of Tatame that fellow 185-pounder Chris Weidman needs to be patient and wait for his title shot.

“I was thinking about it; if I win this fight, how am I ever going to top that?. It’s been hard enough trying to top the (first) Forrest fight all these years. Then if I freaking beat Anderson Silva, talk about a perfect storybook ending to a career.”
- Stephen Bonnar told mmajunkie.com, his thoughts on fighting A. Silva in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC 153.

“It seems like people sometimes take unfair shots at us and our gym. All it does is piss us off. It seems like all the talking that’s done takes place outside the gym. When we’re here we just train. I’ve been here over three years and he’s (Jackson) never ever told me to cruise it. He’s never said to try and last. It’s always been about finishing fights, train harder and push it. He’s never said to play it safe. This is a guy, that when I was in the WEC, I broke my hand a week before the fight, and he asked ‘do you want to fight?’ When I said ‘yeah’, he said ‘alright, let’s do it. (He) didn’t try to talk me out of it. He supported me 100 percent. He told me that if I didn’t throw that broken hand right away that he would be pissed at me; that he wanted me to go after the guy right away. He didn’t want me going in there fighting dumb, scared and injured. That’s the kind of guy he is; so for people to say he’s the type of person to say play it safe, is bull. He’s a fight coach, and when it comes down to it, he wants us to fight. He wants us to finish.”
- Cub Swanson talked to Full Contact Fighter about the reputation Jackson MMA fighters have for not finishing fights.

“After a fight, it is on and popping.   I get white girl wasted. I do things that make people want to punch me in the face. Someone needs to be on Marcus Brimage duty when I celebrate.”
- Marcus Brimage detailed his post-fight party to MMA DieHards.

“You win a fight and you’re boring, the promoters don’t love you.   They say if you lose an exciting fight they’ll bring you back.  Well, I tried my hardest to make that fight exciting.  I was trying to punch him; I was screaming at him, I did everything I could have done.

“They said they were happy with the way I tried to fight, knowing the circumstances of him trying to hold on.  But, I didn’t get rewarded, I got my walking papers.

“In hindsight, I should’ve just fought to win.  I should’ve just jabbed and moved, jabbed and moved.  I would’ve killed him with my jab and never got taken down if I decided to make it a boring, slow fight.  But, I decided no, I want to give the crowd an all-out war if I can.  It’s frustrating.”
- John Alessio talked to MMA DieHards Radio about his recent release from the UFC.

Dr. Johnny “Ask the Fight Doc” Benjamin to Dana White: ‘Proactively protect your fighters’

Johnny "The Fight Doc" Benjamin

All sports need doctors and professionals alike, but it is a rarity to find one whose pockets aren’t heavily laced with the funds of the company or team they provide their services for.

Dr. Johnny “Ask the Fight Doc” Benjamin (Twitter: @DrJCBenjamin) focuses his energy where it’s most deserved and needed, which is not towards the financial monsters backing most of today’s contact sports. The concern from “The Fight Doc” is towards the athletes themselves and serious lack of care about long-term health issues involved in any major contact sport. Mixed martial arts falls right smack into that category.

The respected orthopedic surgeon is fearful that athletes are doing very little to ensure their future health, themselves, in most contact sports and most of all MMA.

“There really not doing anything to protect themselves,” Benjamin explained to Amy Barton, Alex Donno and guest host John Petit on Punch Drunk Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network. “The problem with it is, and this is the thing what I’ve really learned and has underscored my work with professional football players. They will always say, ‘This was the greatest thing, I love the glory of the sport I would do it again in a minute.’ When we have meetings and they sit down and say ‘Doc, being that I said that, protect me from myself.’

“Now fans never want to hear that, especially in MMA.” Benjamin continued. “It’s a very interesting subject. I’ve said it a lot of times and a lot of people want to bash the doc and throw me under the bus for it. I think there is a subset of MMA fans who really view this sport as a glorified street fight. They don’t want it to be a real sport with true rules and view these fighters as true athletes.”

Getting the brunt end of the stick from fans and fighters doesn’t change how the well-respected Dr. Benjamin feels about the situation and what he feels needs to change in the sport today. Benjamin is worried about repeated head trauma taken by the men and women in the industry.

 

“Athletes can say whatever they want to say about the sport.” Benjamin said. “The funny thing is after they retire they say something much different because that’s when you are really going to start seeing the effects of these concussions. One of the things we are trying to figure out is how many concussions is too many, we are coming to find out the number seems like two or three, which is a very small number of concussions.

“Pat Barry’s been knocked out twice in the last year so he’s already at that cusp of that place where you start to worry about long term ramifications of concussions, the dementia, the depression, the anger issues, all  the things that come along with it that we have seen in other sports. There are things that need to be addressed in MMA. Doc’s not trying to kill MMA, I’m not trying to gut MMA and put panties on everybody, that’s not what I’m trying to do. I love MMA.”

Hands have been extended to Dana White to discuss the issue but the doc feels like he’s fighting a losing battle as his points and arguments fall on deaf ears. He continues to express concern in hopes his message gets out to fighters, as well as fans.

“The thing that I wanted to talk to Dana about was I just wanted to help change his perspective,” Benjamin said. “He’s very concerned about losing control of his baby, which is the UFC and its a billion dollar baby. I can understand what his concerns are but protecting your fighters better, so that they have longer careers and more productive careers, isn’t that ultimately going to help the bottom line of the UFC? I would think so.

“Right now they’re not making any money off GSP or a lot of these guys that get injured and have to go on the shelf for a year,” Benjamin continued. “If there was some things to do that could proactively protect your fighters, you would get more fights out of them per year, for more years; wouldn’t that put more money in your pockets at the end of the day? That is what it’s really about from a promoter’s perspective, as the doctor I’m not the guy who says ‘I want to shut down MMA.’ I’m trying to figure out how to make the fighters safer, give them better working conditions so they can be more productive longer.

“A fighter who can fight more, makes more money and makes more money for the UFC, then they go into retirement a healthier person isn’t that a win-win for everybody?”

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

UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin. (Photo courtesy of MMAWeekly)

“Once you find out it’s against Roy Nelson, somebody that I dislike so much, I was on board. There was nobody I wanted to coach against more than that guy, and to kick his a– in not only coaching, but in the fight as well.

“I hate the guy. I dislike him. I hate him as a person. That’s just it. I’ll be vocal about it.”
- Shane Carwin gave Bleacher Report his opinion on Roy Nelson, his rival coach on “The Ultimate Fighter 16.”

“You just got remember that mine and Dana White’s relationship is like were a husband and wife. I do the man’s stuff around the house. I do the fighting, all the man’s stuff and he does all the woman stuff — all the yapping.”
- Nelson compared his relationship with UFC president Dana White to that of a marriage between husband and wife via mmafighting.

“You know, it’s this: I come from back in the old school, Carlson Gracie’s time. I know this new breed, they all like studying, how I need to study my opponent. But listen: the hardcore fans, they understand my mentality. It’s all about the sport. But it’s just a choice and when this came knocking on my door, I took the opportunity. That’s how I am. And now I’m enjoying the process, I’m enjoying the journey. I’m fighting the best guy in this weight division ever.”
- Vitor Belfort spoke to UFC.com about the difference between old and new breed of MMA fighters.

“For all the people that think I’m cocky, if you really listen to what I say…if you talk to me about fighting, you may just hear something that’s a little arrogant. Because right now, I train so hard to not even get hit, let alone talk about losing a fight. So, I love this sport so much, I owe it to myself to think of myself in the highest regard.”
- Jon Jones admitted to mmajunkie that his brashness is just a byproduct of being a fighter.

“From what I understand, Stann isn’t training with Jackson anymore. Who the hell cares either way? Come on, guys. Just because Stann trained with some smug git from New Mexico who can quote the Ninja Turtles, doesn’t mean he’s got some mystical insight to beat me.”
- Michael Bisping told Yahoo! Sports that he doesn’t buy into the mystique of coach Greg Jackson.

“The Jon Jones piece of meat (expletive) thing. When I see him in (expletive) Toronto, that’s the first (expletive) thing we’re going to talk about. Piece of meat? Give me a (expletive) break.”
- White told mmafighting that he has a bone to pick with “Bones.”

“The thing that drives me crazy about Greg Jackson is Greg Jackson has this whole little thing where he’s the nicest guy in the world, the nicest guy you’ve ever met. Real quiet and humble. He’s a (expletive) hardcore businessman. That’s what that guy is. He plays the whole thing with Jon and Rashad (Evans) and (expletive) Jardine and all these guys ‘We’re all family, we’re all brothers. We’re a big family here and that’s what we are. We won’t fight each other because we’re family.’

“(Expletive) You’re not family. You train together. Yes they like each other. There’s a lot of nice guys in MMA. Keith Jardine is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. Rashad is cool too. This sport is full of nice guys. (But Greg) plays this card with these guys.”
- White gave his thoughts on coach Jackson’s family oriented gym to mmafighting.

“I don’t want my family to see that, I don’t want them to hear Dana dropping F-Bombs. The guy who has made himself the star of MMA is the biggest douche bag and loudmouth on the planet and he’s bringing the entire industry down. If there’s no reason for us to be beating each other up than money then we should probably be doing something else. For me it was about surviving, helping people and sharing my knowledge. I don’t think Dana has that going for him, he’s not a martial artist!”
- Frank Shamrock talked to BJPenn.com about White, his arch-nemesis.

She is a great grappler. The way she took out Sarah Kaufmann was amazing and so unexpected to me. But she does lack balls, she judoed at 154lbs, entered Strikeforce at 145lbs and when she had to fight Cris “Cyborg” she dropped to 135lbs. Using me as an example. Let me tell you this, I fought “Cyborg” (and will do so in the future again) and then was asked by Strikeforce to drop to 135lbs. Having said all this, career wise it was really smart of her and she deserves a master in PR. She doesn’t care how she gets there, as long as she gets there. And she’s successful at it, looking at the magazine covers like ESPN and changing Dana White’s mind.
- Marloes Coenen admitted to punchdrunkgamer.com that Ronda Rousey is leading a successful career, yet she is a bit of a coward.

“I think if it was done right and it was done correctly, you could have people watching that fight that have never seen a single MMA fight before. Lots of them. I think it could be the biggest MMA fight of all-time.”
- Rousey told mmafighting that she thinks a fight against Cris “Cyborg” Santos could potentially be the biggest match in WMMA history.

“I want to get back in the mix, so I’ve got to go out and handle Vermola, and then hopefully (UFC matchmaker) Joe (Silva) will put me up against a little bigger name.”
- Following a lengthy hiatus from the Octagon, Chris Leben spoke to mmajunkie about his goals now that he has returned.

“It’s impossible to tell. There’s no system for picking number one contenders. There’s no order, there’s no lineup, there’s no point system. It’s just whoever they feel they’re going to make the most money off of. That’s who gets the title shot. It kind of sucks, because in other sports there’s kind of a clear path; you do this, this and this, and you get this. That’s just not the way combat sports work I guess. It doesn’t work that way with boxing or the UFC. It comes down to showmanship. I have to be a better showman to get a title shot. I don’t have to be a better fighter I just have to be a better showman.”
- Jon Fitch told mmamania he believes showmanship will assist in him getting back to a title shot.

“The biggest (expletive) problem is we got too many rich guys. Too many guys that are rich as (expletive). Money is the biggest detriment to the fight business. Back in the old days when we were just getting going, dudes had to pay the (expletive) rent.

“Once the money starts to pile up. You get some of these guys who have a few million in the bank, getting punched in the face every day isn’t too (expletive) cool. But when guys are (expletive) hungry and they want that (expletive) money and want to get out there and get more of it and more of it and more of it.

“Back in the old days, the guys were always in shape. When you’re hungry and you want to get to that level, that’s how these guys train. Then once you make a few dollars, I’m on vacation. I got to track guys down. He’s in the (expletive) jungle of Brazil. … It’s just not as easy as it used to be.”
- White told mmafighting that some fighters are choosy of which bouts they accept due to already being financially set.

“I apologize to my fans for not being able to fight at UFC Rio, which is something I really wanted to do. It was an amazing feeling to defend my belt here and it would be even better to do it again now against a guy like Frankie Edgar. I tried it all, did my best to be there in the Octagon but it was just no good enough. I hope UFC keeps him as my opponent and postpone our meeting because I really want to fight him.”
- Jose Aldo told Tatame, even though, he had to pull out of the UFC 153 main event, “Scarface” still wish to fight Frankie Edgar.

“Silva called to say ‘Hey Boss, I’ll fight at 205 and save the show in Las Vegas on 8 days’ notice but it was a few hours too late. So when this happened, I called him up and he stepped up and said ‘Absolutely, I’ll fight. I only have 3 weeks to make 185 and can’t do that right now. But I will fight at 205. And I thought, how can I find someone at 205 willing to fight him when we couldn’t find at 205 willing to fight Jon Jones on a month’s notice.

“Then I get a call from Stephan Bonnar and he is pumped. He says that Silva is the perfect style for him and he wants this fight more than anything. Does this fight make sense? Of course it doesn’t. But the bottom line is that Anderson and Bonnar stepped up.”
- White explained to Jim Rome how the UFC 153 main event between Anderson Silva and Stephan Bonnar came about.

Twitter MMA: Best of the Week for Sept. 9 – Sept. 16

Dana White ‏@danawhite

Rampage is hurt and out of UFC 153 RIO. SUCKS!!!!!!

Dana White ‏@danawhite

Now Aldo is out with foot injury. Main and co main in the same day!! Another amazing day at the UFC. We have some work to do

Stephan Bonnar ‏@StephanBonnar

Holy crap! Haven’t been on twitter in a couple days & i see this crazy rumor that I’m fighting @spideranderson in Brazil ..my fav place

Stephan Bonnar ‏@StephanBonnar

What!!! I’m only a 13 to 1 underdog vs Anderson? I must be better than I thought

Anderson Silva ‏@SpiderAnderson

#SpiderFriday Starting training to #UFC Rio III Ooosspic.twitter.com/hVhfUJi1

Rodrigo Nogueira @ Minotauromma

I thank all of you who gallows asked me to be part of the UFC Rio card 3.Now we’re in. What do you think? Thanks @ danawhite

Dana White ‏@danawhite

Much respect to Anderson, Nog, Bonnar, etc thank u for stepn up for UFC 153!!!! Brazil will be FUN. Here we come RIO :)

Quinton Jackson ‏@Rampage4real

Dr. Colker fixing me up as only he can. Back with him and taking his MYO-X. Now I know I’m gonna be pure pow http://instagr.am/p/PkNI0Ev_A_/ 

glover teixeira ‏@gloverteixeira

I am upset about rampage, I am in shape I’m healthy. And I pray to God so I don’t get any injury, I’ll fight whoever

Fabio Maldonado @ MaldonadoMMA

glover teixeira,you much respect,but we will fight,i have same style of rampage q would fight with you,we are going to do in the ufc fight that the bitetti combat did not

Bisping @bisping

@ufc urijah favour,Joseph benavidez and the rest of the munchkin crew talk s— cos theyre stuck in the body’s of pre pubescent boys

and I’ll take the Pepsi challenge with smug faced little shit any time.

Urijah Faber @UrijahFaber

Thought we were buddies @bisping I know u can dish it out but can’t take it back @ufc ur like a spoiled 3rd grader. Grow up.

Joseph Benavidez ‏@JoeJitsu

Wow didn’t think a big, tough, secure guy like @bisping would get all butt hurt at my blog. Pretty funny.

Demetrious Johnson ‏@MightyMouseUFC

gotta love @joerogan riffs on the flyweight division “basically tiny man that can F&%k you up” Awesome!! #teammighty

Walel Watson ‏@135Gazelle

Im sittin here gettin my pedicure and I’m the only dude so these ladies at the shop throw on college football lol!

Pat Miletich ‏@patmiletich

Enjoyed my weekly TSA episode of “strangers groping strangers” this morning at the Houston airport.

Ben Askren ‏@Benaskren

@patmiletich do you refuse to go through the X ray machines? Some of those TSA people have no shame

Pat Miletich ‏@patmiletich

@Benaskren No, but I do wink at the female TSA agents that look at the security X-RAY of me. They always smile.

Eric Kelly ‏@EricKelly

I respect him but confused why @ColeKonradMMA retired MMA to become a wallstreet nerd! #getyourerickellyon

Cole Konrad ‏@ColeKonradMMA

@EricKelly you get it. My job is to provide for my family. And I needed to make the right decision for them. But it was a blast.

Aaron Simpson ‏@aaronsimpson

Big congrats to @Dadeez87 for his win tonight! Nice to get the first one under his belt. @Powermmafitness @magllc

Ryan Bader ‏@ryanbader

Congrats @Dadeez87 on your win buddy! nice job @RayRgs79@Powermmafitness

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

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

UFC president Dana White.(photo: Hector Castro/MMADieHards.com)

“This is probably one of my all-time lows as being President of the UFC over the last 11 years. For the first time in 11 years we’re going to cancel an event. This Saturday’s fight at Mandalay Bay is being cancelled. Dan Henderson has a partial tear in his MCL and couldn’t continue. He tried to train. He tried to continue to work out. He saw doctors and there was nothing we could do to save that fight. One of the things that you guys have heard me brag about a million times, how UFC doesn’t have to cancel events, we can always find a replacement. For somebody to fight Jon Jones on eight days’ notice is tough to do, but to be totally honest with you guys, one guy did. Not only when we called him did he say, ‘I’ll take the fight,’ he said, ‘I’ll fly to Las Vegas tonight and fight him,” and that was Chael Sonnen. Chael Sonnen accepted the fight with Jon Jones, wanted the fight bad. As of 8-9 o’clock last night, we had a fight. We here at the UFC started working, creating different commercials, PR started to crank up. I was going to do this call and obviously it was going to be a different call this morning but the one thing that I never thought in a million years would happen, happened. Jon Jones said, ‘I’m not fighting Chael Sonnen with eight days’ notice.” Again, something that’s never happened in UFC history. A guy who’s a world champion and considered one of the pound-for-pound best turns down a fight. That has never happened either. So right now what’s happening is this fight is cancelled. It’ll be Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida on Saturday September 22nd on the Toronto, Canada card at UFC 152.”
- Dana White broke the news that UFC 151 is cancelled on a media conference call.

“When I decided to go after the light heavyweight championship, I knew that I’d win it like I always do. I just didn’t know it would be by forfeit. But I do stand before you today the light heavyweight champion. I’m in the same position today as I was yesterday. The fight’s going to happen sooner or later. It’s not like I’m not going to beat this guy up. It’s just a matter of when. My biggest concern isn’t with the fight or myself at all. My biggest concern is with Dan Henderson and his health. I have a personal relationship with him. I know his kids and how much he loves playing with them, so I just hate to see the guy’s health in any kind of jeopardy.”
- Chael Sonnen commented on his new championship via Bleacher Report, following Jon Jones’ decision to not fight The Gangster from West Lynn.

“Sadly and unfortunately, I partially tore a ligament in my knee in training. As a result I’ve had to make one of the toughest decisions that I have ever had to make…for the first time in my career I am forced to pull out of a fight, my fight with Jon Jones at UFC 151. Luckily, surgery is not needed at this time and I will be completely devoted to rehabing my knee as quickly as possible. I feel that I owe it to my fans and all the people supporting me to fight at my full potential in order to give myself a chance to win the UFC title. I appreciate the loyal support that I have felt from my fans. I want to thank all of my coaches and team of guys for the great support with my training camp. Most importantly, I appreciate their honesty when I needed them the most to make this very difficult decision. I also want to thank Dana and Lorenzo for being so understanding and supportive. I will continue to pursue the UFC belt with all of my heart!”
- Dan Henderson took to his Facebook account and commented on the injury that prevented him from competing at UFC 151.

“I heard that Dan Henderson was hurt.  I said, ‘Wow, I’m not getting the shot at 185, let me get Jon Jones, he’s freaking awesome.”
- Chris Weidman told mmafighting.com that he also offered to scrap Jones.

“I was asked if it was smart to take a fight on three days’ notice and I don’t think it’s smart to do that. Three days to fight a guy that caliber is not a smart thing to do. I’m not trying to ruin the sport or cancel an event. I don’t know about that stuff, but thought it wasn’t a wise course of action. It’s a serious fight with serious ramifications. I didn’t mean to cancel an event and was asked to give an opinion and I gave it. I didn’t know they had it all riding on one fight. It’s one of those things…as a trainer. I’ll give you my opinion. I’m not a yes man…I do what’s best for my guy. I’m surprised by the veracity of his response but that’s my opinion. In this case (of the short notice fight), it’s a world title fight in the best sport in the world on three days’ notice. This isn’t backyard brawling…it’s a professional sport. I think Chael is brilliant. He circumvented an entire division…went right from Anderson (Silva) to Jon. It’s brilliant…he’s got nothing to lose and everything to gain. I’m always impressed by him.”
- Greg Jackson talked to The MMA Show about advising Jones not to take the match against Sonnen.

“Greg Jackson is a f*cking sport killer.”
- White talked about Jones’ head training on the UFC 151 conference call.

“Other than him (Sonnen) being a southpaw, they’re the exact same guy, they come out of the same camp and they’ve been training together their entire career. The difference between Chael Sonnen is Chael Sonnen is a wrestler, he doesn’t even hit as hard as Dan Henderson does. The only thing that is changing is his stance, he’s a southpaw. Other than that, he doesn’t even hit as hard as Dan Henderson. He’s 185-pounder. Dan Henderson has knocked out the who’s-who in mixed martial arts over his entire career. This guy is dangerous.”
- White told ESPN that Henderson and Sonnen are similar and, if anything, “Hendo” is a more dangerous opponent for “Bones.”

“I can’t imagine anyone in the UFC or any fighter turning down that fight.  He’s the freaking Michael Jordan of MMA right now.  He’s sponsored by Nike, he’s sponsored by the UFC, he’s driving the Bentley.  With that kind of clout or whatever, you know you have to pay your own bills.  It’s not like he was asked to come home from his honeymoon and take a fight.  It’s not like that at all.

“You are well-prepared, this guy is not well-prepared and you won’t fight him?  To me it’s just silly.”
- Charlie Brenneman talked to MMA DieHards about Jones’ decision to not fight at UFC 151.

“I feel horrible.  I trained hard for this fight, but I’m most hurt for the people who were flying out that booked hotels and flights that can’t get their money back.  This is the second time I’ve screwed over my supporters.  I was going to fight at (UFC) 148.  My people booked then the UFC sent me to Virginia. They were assed out.  Sure they went to (UFC) 148, they had no choice.  Now (UFC) 151 cancelled?  If I was a fan of mine I probably would be skeptical on buying tickets to my fights and that sucks because I’m trying to build a fan base. That said, I still want to fight Mizugaki.”
- Jeff Hougland told MMA DieHards that he feels for everyone affected by the cancellation of UFC 151.

“We bust our asses and every time I go in a fight I am looking to do what I dream of doing.  What I dream of doing is having the best performance I have ever had.  Now I don’t have that opportunity.

“How many people get to go out and get their money, get their sponsor money and then possibly make another significant amount of money based on your performance?  You don’t get to do that often in life and this is losing one of those few opportunities I had.  It’s gone.”
- Brenneman explained to MMA DieHards, the disappointments of not getting to compete following the cancellation of UFC 151.

“Unfortunately a lot of sponsors do screw fighters over for their pay.  That’s, as they say, some people pay for other’s mistakes.   By doing this I don’t want fighters to be afraid of Fear The Fighter.  At the end of the day we will come through and everybody will be happy.”
- Fear the Fighter president David Makdessi talked to MMA DieHards about paying would-be competitors on the UFC 151 card that they sponsored, even though the fighters did not compete.

“I got no problem fighting Chael but why would I want to fight a motherfucker that’s going to take me down and hump me? Why would I want to fight that guy. Honestly, Chael sucks. I’ll say it to his motherfucking face. Chael sucks. I like fighters. I like people who go out there and fight. Look at him, he goes out there and just tries to take you down and lay on you. Dude can’t bust a fucking grape, he fucking punch soft. Look what he did to Silva the first time. He beat him up four rounds and he didn’t even have a mark on his face.”
- Quinton “Rampage” Jackson talked about Sonnen on an MMA Elite video.

“I don’t see a title shot even happening. Anderson Silva’s at a point where he needs to be fighting Jon Jones, he needs to be fighting GSP. If I’m Anderson Silva’s manager, that’s what I’m telling him to do. Don’t mess around with Alan Belcher or Chris Weidman there. I ain’t even worried about that.”
- Alan Belcher talked about the likelihood of fighting Weidman, as opposed to A. Silva via the “Talent’s” video blog.

“What I can tell you is what I’ve been doing on my preparation. I guess he’s trying to take me down anyway he can and, since I prefer to stand-up, I’ll try to keep actions up and go for the knockout again. I’m very well prepared, training a lot of ground game too and who knows? If he takes me down maybe I can submit him. After all, I train Jiu-Jitsu a lot and, as a Brazilian, someday I’ll submit someone.”
- Knockout artist and UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos told Tatame that one day he show off his ground skills, and that day may be when he meets Cain Velasquez.

That fight that I just fought, I kind of took it too early. I was fighting a number of injuries. I don’t want to make any excuses, but he caught me with an elbow as I was just finding my groove. … You know Hector Lombard has been talking a lot about me. So I don’t mind fighting him. I know he’s upset about what I said about him. I didn’t want to disrespect him at all. That’s just how I felt before I was asked those questions. I didn’t want to disrespect him. He’s a very good fighter, but if he wants to go, we can go.
- Mark Munoz told BJPenn.com that he would accept a bout against Hector Lombard.

“The haters can say what they want, but I’ll put myself out there and say this: Daniel will be Frank Mir’s last fight. Me and Daniel used to place bets on who could retire more people. Right now, I’m up one, because I believe I retired Mark Kerr. Daniel will tie it up after this fight with Frank Mir.”
- Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal told Bloody Elbow that Daniel Cormier will be the demise of Frank Mir.

“I don’t owe her anything and I think it’s wrong to reward someone like that with a title fight and with all of the considerations they want after they disgrace the sport and their country like that. If, while she was doping, she could get down to 145, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to think that if she’s not doping, she could be lighter. When have you ever heard of somebody taking a bunch of steroids and then stopping and maintaining the same muscle mass? It’s a flawed argument. She’s come into fights overweight and comes into fights on steroids. She obviously has no respect for the people she is fighting. She’s never had a fair fight once in her life and I’m going to put my foot down once and for all and give her a fair fight. I can see why she is scared to death with it and completely against it. I’m the strongest competitor that she’s ever going to come across. She’s not going to have any of those advantages.”
- Cris “Cyborg” Santos spoke on her arch nemesis, Ronda Rousey, to ESPN.

“I think I’m definitely making my mark to get back into title contention,” St. Preux said of his most recent victory. “I can see myself in the running for the top three or the top five. All I want is that belt whether it’s in Strikeforce or the UFC. That’s definitely my No. 1 mindset to get that 205 lb. belt.”
- Ovince St. Preux talked to MMA DieHards about his position in the Strikeforce light heavyweight division.

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

“A change is always nice. You do the same thing over and over; you’re always looking for change. 185 is the toughest weight class out there. We sent our champion (Silva) up to face their [former] champion, Forrest Griffin (in 2009). It lasted 93 seconds. There’s no debate to what the toughest weight class is. They used to have a karate guy (Lyoto Machida) that was champion at that weight. I don’t think there’s gonna be much left of [Jones] when Dan Henderson gets done with him. If there’s anything left of him, I’d be happy to play cleanup.”
- Chael Sonnen spoke to the NY Post about his new home in the UFC light heavyweight division.

“I know the reason why Rory [MacDonald] pulled out on September 22nd. The cut is a detail but I know the reason why he pulled out is because he knew he wasn’t going to win. If he let that cut heal, tried to train, whatever it was, whether he should have been in shape already… I’ve never heard of a guy pulling out of a fight 10 weeks early from a cut. Never in my life have I heard of a guy, 10 weeks before a fight, he got cut, he pulled out. You know what I mean? He feels he has to do what’s best for him, for his team, they’re going to do that, but it’s 100 percent fact that the reason why they pulled out is because they knew they were going to lose on September 22nd. If not, you wouldn’t pull out, you would go. Like I said, I had a cut on my eye, 13 stitches inside and out five weeks before the Diaz fight. Didn’t care. Opened up from eight weeks every week all the way up to the fifth week before the Diaz fight but did I ever think about pulling out? Not even once.”
- B.J. Penn gave his thoughts to Sherdog, regarding Rory MacDonald’s decision to withdraw from their UFC 152 bout due to a deep laceration on the injured combatant’s face.

“That is Chael Sonnen school. People want to get a chance at the title just saying things. I know this guy is tough, but I don’t think he is the biggest challenge inside the UFC. If he thinks he’s better than me, when I fight him and he feels the power of my hand, he’s gonna change his mind. We’re gonna have the chance to be fighting each other and that’s gonna be good. Especially for me. I wanna beat this guy one day.”
- UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos talked on Ultimate Insider about a future match against Alistair Overeem.

“I train with guys just like that. Athletic guys, strong guys. It’s definitely gonna be a good, hard fight. It’s time to fight for a title. I’m gonna do what I could to win that belt because that belt gives me … I’m tryin’ to do it for my team and f–k the belt, I’m tryin’ to beat the number one guy in the world and that’s him right now.”
- Nate Diaz joined Inside MMA and talked about his upcoming title match against UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.

“I just think that Nate comes forward so much, I don’t know how Ben will deal with that…Nate’s length. He’s got great, great jiu-jitsu. I feel the wrestling edge will probably go to Ben, but if you look at Nate’s last performances, he’s gotten so good everywhere. He fought Jim Miller, and Jim Miller couldn’t take him down. Jim Miller’s a pretty high-level wrestler too. I think Nate’s definitely a great match-up for Ben. … If Nate would need my help or would ask for my help, I would love to help him out. We got some work in last time that was really good. If I could help him out, of course I would.”
- Frankie Edgar told Sherdog that he would be more than happy to assist Diaz in his preparations for Henderson.

“I respect Frank. I know that it’s an uphill battle for me going into this fight and it’s going to be tough. But you know what? This is why I fight. I fight high level competition and Frank is exactly what I need at this point in my career. I would like it to be for the Strikeforce championship because I’d like to actually put that belt on my mantle too, if I’m lucky enough to beat Frank and retire as the last Strikeforce champion. I think it should be for the Strikeforce heavyweight title. If they find it within themselves to make it for the belt, I’d be very pleased. I want to throw my name into the hat, if I’m able to get past Frank Mir… I’ve been chugging’ along and if I get through this fight, that’s three top ten guys in a row. I should be in line for a [UFC] belt.”
- Daniel Cormier talked to MMA Fight Corner about his upcoming battle against Frank Mir under the Strikeforce banner.

“I don’t want to fight Lyoto Machida. He was my lowest pay-per-view draw of last year. No one wants to see me fight Lyoto Machida. I don’t want to fight Lyoto again. Lyoto is high risk and low reward. He’s a tough fighter, but no one wants to buy that fight. Between (Mauricio) Shogun (Rua), (Quinton) Rampage (Jackson) and Rashad (Evans), Lyoto was my lowest draw. Why would I want to fight someone where it’s a lose-lose situation? I won’t make money on it. And he’s a tricky fighter.”
- Jon Jones explained his reasons for not wanting to fight Lyoto Machida to ESPN.

“Leading up to this fight, Shogun did turn down a fight. Shogun has not been terrorizing me for another shot at Jon Jones. Lyoto Machida has. Lyoto Machida wants it. His management has been all over me, terrorizing me to get him back to the title. What I can tell you is he wants it bad. That’s very important to me — how bad a guy actually wants that fight — and Machida wants it bad. I’m sure Lyoto has laid in bed every night since that fight thinking of all the things he should have done and what he could do and what’s possible. Now he’s got it, so we’ll see. We’ll find out.”
- Dana White told USA Today that Machida desperately wants to rematch Jones.

“Towards the end, I didn’t have the drive anymore. I was doing it because I had to do it. I didn’t have fun anymore. I lost a little bit of the love for the sport. There is a saying in English that you don’t repair something that is not broken. Sometimes I believe you have to break it yourself to repair it, to make it better. Because the sport of mixed martial arts will evolve. If I stay at the same level, they will catch up to me. I need to evolve, to stay ahead of game. The critics are always there. I listen to the critics. I’m very critical on myself. I want to make more finishes myself. I want to be more exciting, take more risks, be more opportunistic. I’ve been working on that a lot.”
- Georges St-Pierre told MMA Fighting that he vows to start trying to finish opponents.

“Number one is what were these guys watching?  Were they unqualified?  Were they bias?  Which one?  Because it had to be one of them.  Did they just not watch the fight?  Were they just playing hometown favorites?  (In the) first fight I could see how a judge would give the fight to Henderson; in this fight I just don’t see it.  Either these guys were incompetent or biased.”
- Ricardo Almeida talked to MMA DieHards about the controversial judges’ decision in the main event at UFC 150.

“It’s an incredibly frustrating injury, especially to happen so close to the fight, but these things happen. I can honestly say I’m in the best shape of my life, but injuries happen and once I heal up, I’m going to continue to train and come back stronger than ever to defend the Bellator featherweight title.”
- Pat Curran talked about his injury to ESPN.

“I know you all are probably very confused about me right now and concerned for my wellbeing. I thank you for that, and please unnastand [sic] that everything is fine, and will probably make a lot more sense as time passes. Love you all.”
- Jason “Mayhem” Miller addressed his recent run in with the law via his Facebook account.

“I’m not going to ask for that at that point because I don’t feel that I deserve it. I think that I need to take a couple fights and I need a better performance than that. I think the fans deserve something better, and I know that I can deliver better than that. … At this point, I don’t feel that my performance, I mean everyone is saying it was ‘Fight of the Night’ and everything and that’s great and I’m really happy it was an entertaining bout. But I personally am not happy with my performance.  I definitely don’t think it was a contention worthy performance.”
- Miesha Tate gave her thoughts on her position in the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight division via mmamania.

“I need to send out a challenge to Miss Cyborg out there. People want to see the first fair fight of your life. I’m the champ now. The champ doesn’t go to you, you go to the champ. Come down to 135 and let’s settle this.”
- Ronda Rousey called out Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos following the champs first title defense at “Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman.”

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