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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.

Punch Drunk Radio: Hector Lombard, Jon Anik

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Tonight’s episode of Punch Drunk Radio takes you from the cage to the booth.  Hosts Amy Barton and Alex Donno welcome UFC middleweight Hector Lombard and UFC commentator Jon Anik.

Lombard (Twitter: @HectorLombard) has gone 1-1 since joining the UFC. The former Bellator middleweight champion is coming off a recent KO victory over Rousimar Palhares, and is slated to face perennial top contender Yushin Okami at UFC on FX 8.

Anik (Twitter: @Jon_Anik) joined the UFC broadcast team following the UFC and Fox deal.  The former host of ESPN MMA Live has spent his duration in the company thus far commentating for the FX and Fuel shows, as well as a stint on TUF: Live. Recently Anik got a taste of PPV broadcast duties alongside UFC color-commentator Joe Rogan.
Tune in to Punch Drunk Radio every Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET for exclusive fighter interviews, special guests, breaking news, contests, event recaps and much more – only on the MMA DieHards Radio Network. If you can’t be here live, catch the archive on demand right HERE following the broadcast – or on iTunes!

UFC on FX 6 heads to Gold Coast with Pearson-Sotiropoulos, Soszynski-Oliveira

http://mmajunkie.com/news/30675/ufc-on-fx-6-heads-to-gold-coast-with-pearson-sotiropoulos-soszynski-oliveira.mma

Hector Lombard vs. Rousimar Palhares headlines UFC on FX 6 set in Australia

http://mmajunkie.com/news/30548/ufc-on-fx-6-set-for-australia-gets-hector-lombard-vs-rousimar-palhares-headliner.mma

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

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

“I think that the under card was awesome. These guys blew it out of the water. I said this the other day and it’s true: This company, we make money. I like breaking records. We broke the gate record here tonight and I’m embarrassed. I was excited when I heard, but now I’m embarrassed. The under card delivered — they were awesome. The main card did not [deliver]. I don’t think the Faber-Barao fight deserved the boos — you’re talking about two of the best guys in the world in a five-round title fight. It was very technical, everyone understands how good Urijah Faber is and Barao dominated him tonight. I think there were a lot of things that went wrong. I felt like I was at UFC 33 again. I think that Cheick Kongo and Shawn Jordan pressed against the fence for three rounds and I think the ref let him do it…. We’re at UFC 149. We can count on one hand how many shows actually sucked. And tonight is one more finger on the hand.”
- Dana White admitted at the UFC 149 post-fight press conference that the event was not one he was impressed with

“It just wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. Whether it was Boetsch or Lombard winning, I was expecting a real war. I thought this thing was going to be a war. You can’t be angry with [Lombard], but it just shows you guys, ranking guys who don’t fight in the UFC, it’s two different worlds. Guys that fight in other organizations that end up in top 10 rankings, it’s a whole other world over here. Lombard maybe should fight at 170. He made 185 easily. He’s short and wide, but I think he could make 170.”
- White addressed Hector Lombard’s UFC debut at the UFC 149 post-fight press conference.

“I’m down to fight anybody, anytime, anywhere. Dan Hardy has a lot of hype behind him and I know if I beat him it will put me on the map, for sure. That’s the only reason why, I have nothing personal against him, he has nothing personal against me. A win over Dan Hardy and I guarantee everybody knows my name afterward. A win over somebody else might not give me the same recognition. I will be completely honest. When I fought in Manchester, England, they were very cruel to me. One fan actually spit directly in my face, and he was lucky enough where it hit my mouth … to be disrespected like that … for some butter-toothed Brit to spit in my mouth, that was some bull. And honestly, it’s never been the same.”
- Matt Riddle told mmafighting.com he wants a bout with “The Outlaw.”

“Yeah, I guess (I did just send a big F you to all the haters out there). It looks more impressive, I think, because I used to be so boring, so, all the better. I visualized it for a long time. I knew this was coming. I don’t know how that sounds but I’ve seen this every day when I close my eyes, so it was not unexpected.”
- Ryan Jimmo told mmafighting.com his KO win over Anthony Perosh was a message to the naysayers.

“I’ve gotten all good responses about it.  The only thing I think people think was bad, it wasn’t really bad, it was one person in a forum or a blog said, ‘No grown man should ever get on his knees.’  Something like that.  Besides that I’ve only seen good feedback off of it.  I have heard nothing from Dana (White).

“There’s nothing bad you can really take from it.  I didn’t tell him, ‘You cheap ass.’  I just can’t think of a way somebody can construe that into something that was bad for me to be throwing out there.”
-  Lorenz Larkin talked Punch Drunk Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network about the response he received after requesting fighter bonuses in Strikeforce.  

“I don’t want to fight Cain Velasquez. He’s helped me so much to become a mixed martial artist. When I started, the dude opened himself up to me and showed me so much. He didn’t have to do that for me … As I’ve said time and time again, if Cain is champion, in my heart of hearts, I know I don’t want to fight that guy. Then I will go fight Jon Jones. I will fight Jon Jones if I have to. Imagine that: Me and Jones standing across the cage from one another. That would be crazy because you know I’m putting him on his back.”
- Daniel Cormier told ESPN he’s willing to drop to the light heavyweight division to avoid battling Cain Velasquez.

“I think Chael should keep his word and leave the UFC because that’s what he said he was gonna do if he lost,” Jackson said. “He lost horribly. Bad! Chael sucks. He should go somewhere where people like his interviews, the way he talks [expletive] on everybody. I can’t stand that boy. [Expletive] Chael.”
- Quinton RampageJackson told Lowkick that Chael Sonnen should exit the UFC after losing to Anderson Silva.

“If stupidity was a disease that was treatable by medicine, ‘Rampage’ would be the first one in line at the pharmacy, every morning. If ‘Rampage’ wants to fight with me, let’s fight! But, the reality is, he’s on a two-fight losing streak, he can’t make weight, nobody cares about him, he doesn’t keep his word, and he’s out of the company in a matter of months. If he wants to fight, I accept.”
- Sonnen joined “MMA Uncensored Live” and admitted he is willing to fight “Rampage.”

“I don’t like being somebody’s teammate and being treated like I’m a groupie. I didn’t even want to go out of my way to say hello to that guy. Get over yourself. All you do is swim. If someone slapped you every time you jumped in the pool, I might have a little respect, but I was a swimmer before I did this stuff, and you can’t tell me that swimming is OH MY GOD, because it’s not.”
- Ronda Rousey gave her opinion on Michael Phelps to yahoo.com.

“F—. F— is my favorite word, period.”
- The UFC president told the edmontonjournal.com his favorite word, as if you didn’t know.

Fresh Faces UFC 149: Hector Lombard, Ryan Jimmo, and Mitch Gagnon

UFC middleweight fighter, Hector Lombard (Photo courtesy of Sherdog.com)

UFC 149 takes place July 21 and features a championship main event that pegs, Urijah Faber against Renan Barão for the interim bantamweight title.

Also making their way on to the card are long-awaited newcomers ready to continue their success with the UFC.  Learn more about Hector Lombard, Ryan Jimmo and Mitch Gagnon in this edition of Fresh Faces.

 

Name: Hector Lombard

Weight class: Middleweight

Record: 32-1-1

Recent body of work: Defeated Trevor Prangley via TKO at Bellator 58, Nov. 2011.

Who he is: Finally making his way to the UFC, the Cuban, Lombard, has been recognized as the only one left to dethrone the current UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva.  Originally slated to make his inaugural appearance at UFC 78, visa issues complicated the process and Lombard was forced back in line.  The last time Lombard tasted defeat was in 2006 when he was handed a unanimous decision loss by Gegard Mousasi at Pride 13.  Since then, Lombard has gone undefeated and claimed the CFC, Bellator, and most recently, the AFC middleweight championship titles.  Lombard is set to make his UFC debut against Tim Boetsch.

 

Name: Ryan Jimmo

Weight class: Light Heavyweight

Record: 16-1

Recent body of work: Defeated Thierry Sokoudjou via unanimous decision at MFC 31, Oct. 2011.

Who he is: One of Canada’s favorite fighters, Jimmo, will be taking his maiden voyage with the UFC on Canadian soil.  Currently on a 16-fight win streak, Jimmo has gone through names; such as, Rick Roufus, Marvin Eastman, and most recently, Thierry Sokoudjou.  Defending his MFC light heavyweight title twice in 2011, the Canadian was initially penciled in to fight at a January card, but now officially walks into the Octagon for the first time to face Anthony Perosh at UFC 149.

 

Name: Mitch Gagnon

Weight class: Bantamweight

Record: 8-1

Recent body of work: Defeated David Harris via guillotine-choke submission at Ringside MMA 12, Oct. 2011.

Who he is:  Originally set to make his first appearance with his new employers at UFC on FOX 2 card in January, Gagnon was forced to withdrawal because of visa issues. With no such concerns ahead at UFC 149, Gagnon is set to carry his six fight win streak in to the Octagon.   Seven of Gagnon’s eight wins have come by way of submission, with the Canadian only having to work past the first round twice.  Set for Gagnon’s Octagon debut, is bout with Bryan Caraway in Calagary, Alberta, Canada.

UFC 149 weigh-in results

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UFC 149: Hector Lombard looks to continue his dominance in the UFC

Hector Lombard (31-2-1-1) has proven himself to be one of the most explosive middleweights outside of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Lombard (Twitter: @HectorLombard) left Bellator as the promotion’s first and only middleweight champion to date.  His impressive record only has two blemishes, which came in the form of decision losses to Akihiro Gono at Pride Bushido 11 and Gegard Mousasi at Pride Bushido 13.

The Cuban trains out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla. His martial arts acumen extends far past his abilities in the cage as he is a fourth degree black-belt in Judo and a black-belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  Lombard has won bronze, silver, and gold medal multiple times while competing in the International Judo Federation tournaments.  Winning a gold medal at his last Judo competition in 2004 might have been foreshadowing his success to come in world of mixed martial arts.

Lombard has been dominant in various organizations, Bellator being the most recognized, but now he is looking to make his UFC debut against Tim Boetsch (15-4) at UFC 149 on July 21 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.  Originally, Lombard was to face Brian Stann at UFC on Fox 4 in August, but the former Marine had to pull out of the fight because of a shoulder injury.

The UFC debut of Lombard will be against a tough and talented Boetsch who is looking to prove himself an elite contender, but this might be Boetsch’s most difficult test to date. Lombard is a skilled grappler and possesses knockout power.  An impressive win will likely put Lombard next in line to face the current middleweight and pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva.

The advantage in this fight goes to Lombard if you look at his highlight reels alone. The trope of he has not fought in the UFC might be silenced to a degree based on how dominant Lombard has been in his career. Having only two decision losses in 36 fights is an accomplishment that immediately puts Lombard in the top portion of the UFC’s middleweight division especially with some of his best performances happened while in the largest non-Zuffa promotion, Bellator, where he went 8-0.

Boetsch entered the UFC in 2008 and was released in 2010 after going 2-2 at light heavyweight.  He made his way back and notched a decision win over Todd Brown before falling victim to Phil Davis’ modified one-handed kimura at UFC 123.  Boetsch then made the drop to middleweight defeating Kendall Grove in his debut to kick of a three-fight win streak that claimed Nick Ring and Yushin Okami as victims.

It cannot be denied that recent Boetsch’s run is impressive, and he is one step from becoming a contender.  Still, Lombard just seems to have a leg up on every aspect of the game.  Boetsch makes a pretty large weight cut and has the strength of a 205-pound athlete. Lombard is strong as well, and his Judo abilities might help him use his opponent’s strength as a negative.

So, what is at stake for both of these athletes besides a desired shot at the title? A loss for Lombard could put detractors in a frenzy claiming he was never that great anyway based on the level of competition he faced. A loss for Boetsch would mean a little rebuilding at middleweight, but his job would most likely be secure and he would have a chance to rebound. If Lombard wins, he will probably get a title shot sooner than many would like.  Boetsch on the other hand might not get the title shot right away, but if he does it would be a true Cinderella story.

This fight looks like it is Lombard’s to take.  He has displayed a level of dominance and confidence that may prove overwhelming for most of the division.  Lombard will most likely be looking for a knockout or submission in the first round to let everyone in the 185-pound division know that he has arrived, but Boetsch is probably aware he is the underdog and is prepared to make a statement of his own.  Lombard’s history of dominance will meet Boetsch’s history of perseverance on Saturday in what should be a bout full of fireworks.

Bibiano Fernandes Out of UFC 149 Because He Never Signed Contract

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Hector Lombard Replaces An Injured Michael Bisping At UFC 149

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