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 “Rampage” Jackson 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.