“I want be the guy that goes out there and gives the fans a show. That’s what it’s all about at the end of the day. You’ve got so many fight fans and so many fighters, but I like to be that guy that fight fans want to watch because they don’t know what’s going to happen. I strive to be that different fighter and set myself apart from the group.”
- UFC lightweight No. 1 contender Anthony Pettis stated to MMA Fight Corner that he intentionally tried to put on a show other fighters can’t in the cage.
“The opponent does not come into the equation. This is my spot. The Irish are coming home era. Coming to Boston. The Irishmen are coming home to their native land, Boston, United States. The opponent does not come into the equation. I am the main event. If you stick me in the main event, I’m going to steal the show every time.”
- Connor McGregor spoke highly of himself via The MMA Hour.
“Bisping has already been talking, I know. I was at my camp doing 10 days of an intensive wrestling camp with a bunch of wrestlers, over 300 of them. My phone was just blowing up. People were texting me and tweeting me all this stuff about Bisping talking a lot of smack about me. But that stuff doesn’t bother me. I show my talk inside the Octagon. He was saying he was going to beat me into depression and if I was depressed, I’d go into more depression. The fact of the matter is, he has pillows for fists. He hasn’t knocked anybody out and he says he’s gonna knock me out? He hasn’t knocked anybody out. It’s going to be like a pillow fight when I fight him. He’s going to have pillows and I’m going to have hammers.”
- Mark Munoz let MMAMania.com know that trash talk from his upcoming opponent, Michael Bisping, will not change what’s to come on fight night.
“Yes absolutely (this is a fresh start). I believe that both Browne and myself are top ranked fighters and the winner of this fight will be one step closer in getting a title shot, so in that sense I know this fight can put me right on track as I still have one goal in life and that’s becoming the UFC heavyweight champion.
“I know there are more fighters going after that number one spot but with the nature of the sport anything can happen. So my main focus is my next fight and afterwards we will see who or when I will be fighting next.”
- Alistair Overeem told Bleacher Report that his goal is still a UFC strap.
“It’s very important I don’t overstep my boundaries with those eight weeks. I’m only looking eight weeks ahead. I’m not looking seven months ahead. I have to be real with myself. I have to be real with everybody. I can’t come back too soon. I’ve already had double-ACL surgery. This isn’t a game. This is a serious business. This is my livelihood and my life.”
- Dominick Cruz was a guest on Inside MMA, and detailed his recovery and timeline on Octagon return.
“The TRT, the shot just gets you level in the system. So, the bottom line my level is always lower than a regular guy. I never go [over] the limit, the level. So, what I’m trying to do, I’m just trying to be fair in my career against my opponent. The TRT is just something my body cannot produce. I’m doing the treatment with doctors, with bloodwork, so everything’s pretty black and white. But, all of guys are out there doing a lot of stuff but they don’t get caught because they don’t have blood.”
- Vitor Belfort discussed his TRT usage with Sherdog.
“I will make this easy on Vitor. If he is going to continue to make conditions on who he will fight, I will face Vitor at a catchweight or at light heavyweight.”
- Regardless of terms, Gegard Mousasi told MMAJunkie.com that he is willing to square off against Belfort.
“I don’t see the problem with using TRT, everybody uses [steroids], from the champion to the newcomer. I believe we [from Nova Uniao] are the only ones that don’t do that, because Andre (Pederneiras) was always against steroids. I think it’s wrong to criticize someone who came forward and said they take TRT.
“Americans always used that, Randy Couture fought until he was 50, and you say he was clean? If the doctors prescribe you and you’re on the limits, OK, I see no problem. If I need that one day, I will use TRT too.”
- UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo spoke candidly about TRT and steroids via Tatame.
“It was predicted I’d win Golden Gloves when I came home, it was predicted by people that knew of me. I was ahead of the game, boxing came easy to me, so it was like I was playing. People used to compare me to Pernell Whitaker, actually, people used to call me “Sweat P” in jail. They used to call me “Sweat P” and “Sugar Ray” (after Ray Leonard). Like, some of the stuff (Anderson) Silva does, like stick his head out and that, I definitely did all of that. I was pretty good, and boxing is actually my biggest regret, that I didn’t follow that dream when I came home.”
- Legendary MC Cormega spoke to MMA DieHards about his extremely unique boxing past.
“The thing is, I think he gets a little bored in there because he’s talented, and he seems like he’s more talented than a lot of the guys. He is one of the best I’ve ever worked with. He understands timing and distance really well. I think he could’ve avoided taking those shots, but again, I’m not sure what his thought process was. I think he was just a little bit lazy and playing around too much.”
- Boxing trainer Freddie Roach joined The MMA Hour, and gave his thoughts on Anderson Silva’s at UFC 162.
“For the simple fact that they’re spending their union members’ dues to try to hurt the UFC, which has nothing to do with the union members or whatever it might be. It’s so transparent and just so ridiculous. For instance, what they do is they use different organizations on serious issues. Whether it’s women or gay rights or whatever it may be, they use these different organizations to try to get what they want, and what they want in Station Casinos.
“If they get Station Casinos it’s another $10 million a year to the union. So they’ll use any dirty tactic, and spend as much money as it takes, to try and get Station Casinos.”
- Dana White talked about Zuffa’s archenemy, the culinary union, to Bleacher Report.
“When I watch these guys talk about the UFC and how their boss doesn’t put stress on them, a lot of it to me is just a lot of bulls—. I know Dana White can be abrasive and aggressive and all that type of stuff, but it doesn’t mean you’re not able to work with the guy.”
- Agent to the who’s who of UFC stars, Malki Kawa, talked to MMAJunkie.com about the UFC vs. Bellator beef.