CagePotato took part in the UFC press conference held today in advance of Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night. Headliners Mike “Quick” Swick and Josh “The People’s Warrior” Burkman answered questions from the press along with Patrick Cote and Drew McFedries.
-Dana White “couldn’t make it”. Hangover or jet lag. Or both.
-Mike Swick was asked if he has concerns about dropping to welterweight: “Not really, I feel really good right now.” He hasn’t gotten down to this weight since 1997. His walk-around weight is 185. How’d he do it? Diet and exercise – who knew those two could help you lose weight?
-Patrick Cote has ADD.
-Game Day routine for Mike Swick: He starts focusing on the fight when he wakes up and really starts focusing on it when he leaves the locker room.
-Game Day routine for Patrick Cote: Sleeps late, hangs out and doesn’t get nervous. Secrets revealed!
-Game Day routine for Josh Burkman: Listens to his headphones and doesn’t think about the fight too much. Oh, and hanging out, of course.
-Cote predicts a quick fight and is ready for a slugfest. Drew McFedries agrees. “Don’t blink,” they both say.
-Josh Burkman reveals he and Mike Swick are “kinda’ buddies”, but “we don’t think too highly of each other right now. The past eight weeks everytime I’ve pictured him, it’s me punching him in the face.” That’s what I’m talking about!
-McFedries says that Pat Miletich helps his fighters prepare for fights by actually fighting during training. That makes sense.
-The UFC heading to Montreal is briefly mentioned.
-Mike Swick doesn’t carry any pressure anymore, Yo!
-Patrick Cote claims he isn’t bringing anything new to this fight but maturity. And he isn’t thinking about how far away he is from a fight with Anderson Silva.
-Josh Burkman has been training in Salt Lake City with mostly up-and-comers. Advice he got in the past while training with Tito Ortiz: avoid distractions and get your training team in sync with your routine. Then go on “The Celebrity Apprentice”.
-Burkman is worried about Swick’s speed. He trained with guys the same size and speed as Mike in order to prepare.
-The consensus is that the free TV exposure of Fight Night is great for the career.
-Staph infections are kinda’ gross. Drew McFedries almost lost his leg because of it and did lose an 8×10 piece of flesh. He was in the hospital for 15 days and when he started his come-back he was so angry at what happened to him that he was knocking his training partners out. That’s kinda’ cool.
-The Fight Night weigh-in is Tuesday and doors open at 6 p.m. ET. The fighters are scheduled to strip down and step on the scales around 4 p.m. The whole thing should be over by 5 p.m.
UFC Fight Night is scheduled for Wednesday, January 23rd at 9 p.m. (EST). The nine-fight event will take place at The Pearl Palms Concert Theater in Las Vegas. The untelevised stuff starts at 6:45 p.m. The card:
Main Event (televised):
Mike Swick (10-2) vs. Josh Burkman (9-4)
Under card (probably won’t be televised):
155 lbs.: Kurt Pellegrino (10-3) vs. Alberto Crane (8-1)
155 lbs.: Gray Maynard (3-0) vs. Dennis Siver (11-4)
155 lbs.: Cole Miller (13-2) vs. Jeremy Stephens (12-2)
155 lbs.: Corey Hill (1-0) vs. Joe Veres (4-2)
155 lbs.: Matt Wiman (8-3) vs. Justin Buchholz (7-1)