“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.