“This guy had a highlight reel that would scare the crap out of anybody. Now, knowing that he can knock this guy out – you’ve seen it in boxing a hundred times, guys don’t come back from that type of knockout. On top of that, the guy is 40 or 39 or whatever he is. I don’t see it,”
- The talk of Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman won’t stop, as the UFC middleweight champ’s coach, Ray Longo, talked to Shameless MMA about their upcoming rematch at UFC 168.
“If you don’t know anything about what you’re talking about, you probably shouldn’t talk about it. That sounds like a really good idea. That’s why you’ve been getting smashed by fans and why I smashed you yesterday at ESPN. Because if you’re going to talk about something, you might want to do your homework and know what you’re talking about, or at least you might want to have at least seen the fight so somebody on that panel would have had half a brain to say, ‘You know what, I saw the fight. The guy was viciously knocked out. How could that be fixed?’”
- UFC president Dana White let Sports Illustrated have a piece of his mind after the publication’s podcast claimed Silva vs. Weidman was fixed.
“I’ll return to middleweight after beating Shogun. There’re two guys I want to get matched up with: Vitor Belfort, because he’s awesome and he’s on an incredible roll. And Wanderlei Silva, who I’ve heard is going back to middleweight. The landscape has completely changed. I’ve got a new contract and I’m returning to the weight class.”
- Chael Sonnen revealed on UFC Tonight that following his light heavyweight bout against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, he will return to the 185-pound weight class.
“You could say that I’ll be fighting for the UFC for the rest of my life. The contract is that big. You won’t see me fight anywhere else, unless the UFC goes under. I don’t think that’s ever going to happen.”
- Roy Nelson deltailed his new UFC contract to Bloody Elbow.
“At some point in time, I knew we were gonna dance again. I was gonna be able to get my hands on Anthony. Turns out, I’m gonna get my hands on him a little sooner than I thought.”
- Benson Henderson talked to Inside MMA about his rematch with Anthony Pettis, the last person to defeat “Smooth.”
“I’m sure he’s expecting a five-round fight. He’s the champ, and he knows he needs to win five rounds to keep that belt. GSP does it the same way. These guys are intelligent fighters, and they know they have to win the rounds to keep their belt. I’m expecting him to do what he’s been doing. He’s going to come out, do just enough to win the rounds, and keep his belt. That’s his game plan, and that’s never my game plan. I’m always looking to finish.”
- Pettis talked to mmajunkie.com about Henderson’s typical game plan.
“I’m probably not going to be popular with the fighters with this one, but my biggest problem is guys playing it safe. I understand it from a coach’s standpoint and a manager’s standpoint. I understand why you’d want to play it safe and win the fight, win every fight. I get it. But do I want to watch a guy go beat a guy for four rounds and then ride him the fifth round not doing anything?”
- Chuck Liddell, who was basically allergic to boring fights, spoke to Inside MMA about combatants playing it safe.
“All those years, Dana said he’d never have women fight in the UFC, and I didn’t believe it. I’d tell people: ‘I’m going to fight in the UFC one day,’ and people would say ‘yeah, sure.’ You can call it destiny or fate or whatever you want to call it, but I always believed this day would come.”
- Julie Kedzie, who makes her UFC debut Saturday, admitted to Yahoo Sports that she always had faith she would compete in the Octagon.
“We’re paid fighters, so getting in to the UFC doesn’t mean you’re gonna have this cushy job. You get paid based on how your performance goes. I’ve been very fortunate where I have had some great fights and I’ve been rewarded with some bonuses. I couldn’t be happier with the pay structure. It all comes down to people wanting to see you fight.”
- Joe Lauzon gave his stance on fighter compensation via this interview.
“Well, fighter pay is really a strange situation, because there’s such a vast difference in the guys that are on the first three fights of a card and the guys on the last three fights of a card. The guys on the lower end are seeing what the main card guys are doing and thinking, ‘Well, I’m doing all the same stuff that they’re doing, sacrificing just as much.’ They’re spending just as much on their training camp, but they’re not getting the same kind of compensation.”
- Dan Hardy, on the other hand, does not agree with Lauzon and explained his views of fighter pay to Bloody Elbow.