UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. (Photo courtesy of UFC.com)
“I wasn’t close to tapping out at all. I was ready to face the music and get it broken if I had to get it broken. I proved a lot to myself tonight and I’m grateful for it. I haven’t gotten x-rays, so I’m not going to sit here and feed into a little pain. But I’ll definitely live on to fight another day. Every time I extended my right hand or tried to use an elbow on my right side, I felt it. I felt as if I really didn’t have any power in my right side at all but it’s a long ways from my heart.”
- UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones talked about his gutsy performance at UFC 152 during the UFC 152 post-fight press conference.
“I’ve always had great respect for Jon Jones and know he is a great champion. When I felt his arm snap, I decreased the pressure, and he got out. Simple as that. During the bout, he managed to work his elbows well (from the top), but I was never afraid. But he was very good in the fight.”
- Vitor Belfort told Brazil’s Globo TV that he couldn’t commit to breaking Jones’ arm in the UFC 152 main event.
“Let me tell you what: If you didn’t like that flyweight fight, please, I’m begging you, don’t ever buy another UFC pay-per-view again”
- UFC president Dana White let it be known at the UFC 152 post-fight press conference that if you don’t appreciate the UFC 125-pound weight class, your money is not welcome here .
“You have to be in a constant grove where you’re always fighting high-level guys. My last few fights have been against No. 1 guys in the world. McCall was ranked the No. 1 fighter in the world at 125 pounds and he was the TPF champ. Now, I’m taking on the uncrowned champ at 125 (pounds) in the world, Benavidez, for the UFC title. My career has not easy or handed to me by any means. I’ve worked my butt off to get here.”
- UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson talked to MMA DieHards about facing upper echelon opponents throughout the last half of his career.
“I don’t talk much about Bellator. But what they do is one of the dirtiest things you can do in the business. It’s dirty, it’s grimy, and it’s just despicable. I have the right to match, but once I cut a guy and let him go and somebody else tries to sign him, I don’t come back say ‘Oh you’re breaking the contract, I have a contract.’ When you make a decision to cut him, you cut him. That’s one of the dirtiest scummiest things you can do in the fight business.”
- White talked in this media scrum about Bellator’s antics regarding Tyson Nam.
“I really don’t know, I don’t know if it would have made much of a difference if they had told me. But they didn’t tell me that they were going to cancel the fight.”
- Jones said at the UFC 152 pre-fight press conference that he had no inclination UFC 151 would be cancelled if he refused to fight.
“I’m glad he said some things. I don’t think he would have said that if I was there. It was false that he didn’t know that UFC 151 would be canceled if he didn’t take the fight. I told him it would. I think he’s acting like he’s taking it all very lightly. I don’t know if he’s embarrassed. There was a lot of collateral damage from the fallout. He needs to take it seriously. There’s been a lot of fans turn on him.”
- White disputed Jones’ claim of being unaware UFC 151 would be cancelled had he not fight, via FUEL TV.
“Fighters, when they get to certain levels, it’s difficult to train for a big fight when you’re in a gym where there are 15 other guys training for a big fight. Sometimes you can get lost in there, and there’s not enough individual attention on what you need to accomplish technically in order to prepare for your fight.”
- Brian Stann explained on ufc.com, his reason for moving his UFC 152 training camp from New Mexico to Atlanta.
“I would consider dropping to 185, but the problem is, I’m kind of heavy right now. I might have to do a practice cut to get down there before I make any commitment to fight at 185. I’ve never cut weight like that, not since college. And, I always told myself, I said, ‘If I compete again, there’s no way that I’ll turn myself into what I did in college, as far as living just to cut weight and stuff like that.’ If the offer is interesting enough, I’ll drop down. But, if not, I’ll stay at 205. It makes no sense for me to drop down to 185 to be right in the same position I’m in now at 205.”
- UFC light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans admitted on MMA Uncensored that he would consider a drop to middleweight if the match was intriguing to him.
“Everything has it’s time. He’ll have his opportunity to fight for the belt. Maybe I fight next before he gets the shot, I lose and he fights someone else. We don’t know. I can fight Bonnar, lose and say: ‘you know what, I don’t want it anymore’. Or maybe I win and say ‘I don’t want this anymore’. Or maybe drop to welterweight or move up to heavyweight. Anything can happen. Every UFC fighter will have their chance. You have to work and wait for your opportunity.”
- UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva told Guilherme Cruz of Tatame that fellow 185-pounder Chris Weidman needs to be patient and wait for his title shot.
“I was thinking about it; if I win this fight, how am I ever going to top that?. It’s been hard enough trying to top the (first) Forrest fight all these years. Then if I freaking beat Anderson Silva, talk about a perfect storybook ending to a career.”
- Stephen Bonnar told mmajunkie.com, his thoughts on fighting A. Silva in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC 153.
“It seems like people sometimes take unfair shots at us and our gym. All it does is piss us off. It seems like all the talking that’s done takes place outside the gym. When we’re here we just train. I’ve been here over three years and he’s (Jackson) never ever told me to cruise it. He’s never said to try and last. It’s always been about finishing fights, train harder and push it. He’s never said to play it safe. This is a guy, that when I was in the WEC, I broke my hand a week before the fight, and he asked ‘do you want to fight?’ When I said ‘yeah’, he said ‘alright, let’s do it. (He) didn’t try to talk me out of it. He supported me 100 percent. He told me that if I didn’t throw that broken hand right away that he would be pissed at me; that he wanted me to go after the guy right away. He didn’t want me going in there fighting dumb, scared and injured. That’s the kind of guy he is; so for people to say he’s the type of person to say play it safe, is bull. He’s a fight coach, and when it comes down to it, he wants us to fight. He wants us to finish.”
- Cub Swanson talked to Full Contact Fighter about the reputation Jackson MMA fighters have for not finishing fights.
“After a fight, it is on and popping. I get white girl wasted. I do things that make people want to punch me in the face. Someone needs to be on Marcus Brimage duty when I celebrate.”
- Marcus Brimage detailed his post-fight party to MMA DieHards.
“You win a fight and you’re boring, the promoters don’t love you. They say if you lose an exciting fight they’ll bring you back. Well, I tried my hardest to make that fight exciting. I was trying to punch him; I was screaming at him, I did everything I could have done.
“They said they were happy with the way I tried to fight, knowing the circumstances of him trying to hold on. But, I didn’t get rewarded, I got my walking papers.
“In hindsight, I should’ve just fought to win. I should’ve just jabbed and moved, jabbed and moved. I would’ve killed him with my jab and never got taken down if I decided to make it a boring, slow fight. But, I decided no, I want to give the crowd an all-out war if I can. It’s frustrating.”
- John Alessio talked to MMA DieHards Radio about his recent release from the UFC.