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Now that UFC 98 is only ten days away, it’s time to bring out the hard-hitting questions, like if Matt Hughes and Matt Serra were neighbors, and they were just regular guys and not fighters, would they get along, and who would win at bowling? That Pulitzer-worthy line of questioning came from ESPN: The Magazine‘s usually-capable Ryan Hockensmith (who maybe forgot that Serra already beat Hughes at bowling during a TUF 6 coaches’ challenge) at a press conference held yesterday, and while the Terror tried to see the humor in it — even suggesting a reality show based on the two Matts as neighbors, which I would totally watch — Hughes can’t be bothered. "Who cares who would win in bowling?" he says. "To be honest, whoever’s gonna win in bowling is whoever is luckier that day." Hockensmith had prepared a follow-up question about go-kart racing, but wisely kept it to himself.

More choice quotes from the press conference are after the jump, courtesy of MMA Mania

Question to Rashad Evans: When you fight an opponent you usually find a reference point for their biggest vulnerability. With Machida, no one has really been to exploit any weaknesses. What problems have that presented in terms of game planning?

Rashad Evans: It doesn’t present problems. Watching someone fight and breaking them down, sometimes the best ammunition is just knowing what you can do well and seeing that you’ll be able to do that. So, I am not worried about game planning at all.

Question to Rashad Evans: After Keith Jardine’s fight with Rampage Jackson, you and Jackson had a confrontation in the ring. After that fight he had to have surgery. Was there a part of you that wanted Rampage next because he beat your friend and you had that confrontation in the cage?

Rashad Evans: I definitely wanted to fight him but I actually think Lyoto is more deserving of the title shot; I think he is a better fight then Rampage Jackson. He has done more to get the shot; either way I want to fight the best.


Question to Lyoto Machida: Since the first UFC, the goal has been to figure out which marital art is the best. Do you feel Karate is the best martial art for MMA being that you’re undefeated?

Lyoto Machida: I believe that martial art is not what builds the athlete. The athlete builds his own art. It is a matter of how you train and how consistent you are and how you strive for things that determine what kind of athlete you are.

Question to Lyoto Machida: This is your first main event in the UFC. Do you feel any added pressure not only to win the fight but put on a good show for the fans?

Lyoto Machida: Of course there is always a little pressure for a main event. One of my main priorities is to put on a great performance and really satisfy my fans. If I come out relaxed and focus on the fight it will be a great fight.

Question to Lyoto Machida: You have said that your body is your sword. Can you clarify what that means?

Lyoto Machida: What I mean through this figure of speech is that I see my body as a sword, as a samurai would, because I need to get at my opponent and I need to harm my opponent; that is what I look to do.

Question to Lyoto Machida: Do you feel like your title shot was overdue or it is coming at just the right time?

Lyoto Machida: I think the title shot came at a great time. I have had a lot of time to grow as a fighter. While I could say that it took awhile; it all worked out and I am now perfectly prepared.


Question to Matt Hughes: You were hugely popular and have a massive following in the sport. Then you go into TUF 6 as a coach against Matt Serra and it seems like a lot of the fans turned to him in respect to the grudge ya’ll have. Do you feel he stole any fans from you and that you have been a bit vilified since the show?

Matt Hughes: No I don’t feel that. If I lost fans because of TUF 6 then they weren’t fans of me before the show and they weren’t really fans to begin with.

Question to Matt Hughes: This fight was supposed to take place awhile back. In the interim both of you have had injuries. How does the fight change in terms of significance and how do you feel about it compared to when it was supposed to happen?

Matt Hughes: I don’t think it changes a whole lot. Yeah we have both had injuries and that happens in our sport. I think the fans still want to see this fight. Obviously the both of us still want this fight. So the bottom line is that nothing has really changed.


Question to Matt Serra: Do you feel a swing in the other direction (of fan like or dislike after TUF 6)?

Matt Serra: I think whenever you are an outspoken guy and voice your opinion you are going to have guys that either love you or hate you. I get my fair share of fan mail and I also get hate mail. It is all apart of the game and I don’t mind that aspect. I don’t sweat it either way.

Question for Matt Serra: Some people believe Matt Hughes was one of the best wrestlers in the welterweight division and you were one of the best BJJ practitioners. You are obviously willing to go to the ground with him, but are you going to stand and trade with him? You have said if you punch him in the face it’s a win for you.

Matt Serra: I have really gone back to my roots with the BJJ. I have been working with Renzo Gracie a lot because I feel that is where I can counter what Hughes is good at. When I said Hughes is a one trick phony; I think that was taken out of context a lot.

Matt Hughes has been very good at what he does which is take guys down and beats them up. I know where he is the most dangerous so I have to go back to what I am great at. If it stays on its feet then I feel like I have a great advantage and I will be able to do more damage. And if it goes to the ground I will be ready to rock there too. I am ready for the fight both places.

Question to Matt Serra: Sometimes it helps to have a rival or an enemy in the sport. How much has this feud with Matt Hughes helped to keep you in the public eye?

Matt Serra: Well just to put it out there, nothing is manufactured here. This not fake. It doesn’t matter if the cameras are there or not. Matt Hughes and I are two very different people. So there is no agenda here. That being said, I love the hype. And I love that people either want to see me get beat down or see Hughes get beat down.

Some of the greatest fights are built up by the pre-fight stuff. This is genuine here. I think my fights with St. Pierre and the TUF 6 show also had something to do with be being in the public eye. Did I answer your question right? I do not want to lose to this guy and it got me through a great training camp so I am ready for this fight.

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ArmFarmer- May 14, 2009 at 1:14 pm
Anyone that gets a title shot and gets crushed and doesn't show the slightest sign that they have a chance of winning should not get a rematch after just one win when there are other worthy challengers waiting. Kenny is on a 6 fight win streak only one going to decision, which is pretty impressive in the ufc lw division. You say he hasn't faced top competition but I wouldn't exactly call Din Thomas, Joe Lauzon, Huerta, or Stevenson cans and none of them even gave him a competitive fight. He is very deserving of a shot at the title. I'm not saying sense Sherk lost he shouldn't get a rematch, but he shouldn't get it right away when others are waiting. Sherk had his chance and he blew it, now he needs to wait his turn. That's the way it works.

If I were Sherk I wouldn't be the least bit interested in a top contender fight with Kenny anyway. The smart thing for him to do would be to let Kenny have his title shot and hope that he beats Penn. Then Sherk can fight Kenny for the belt and have a much better chance of getting his title back.
Jonny5- May 14, 2009 at 10:49 am
Regardless, that's not how title shots work. Do you really think that Leites is better than Henderson, Marquardt, or Franklin?? No not by a long shot, but he got the shot because he was the most deserving (we'll pretend okami doesn't exist, like ufc does) fighter in the weight class who hadn't already been dominated by the champ.


So by your logic a champ who loses decisively shouldn't get a rematch.


This Kenflo matchup and the Leites matchup are both bad and confusing using one to support the existence of an other is like telling someone their deity doesn't exist cuz yours does.
ArmFarmer- May 14, 2009 at 4:51 am
Just to clarify, when I say Kenny is a much better striker with much longer reach I mean much better than Sherk not Penn.
ArmFarmer- May 14, 2009 at 4:49 am
Penn>Sherk>Florian does not equal Sherk vs Penn when Penn just brutalized Sherk. Not to mention that no one even knows if Sherk is still better than Florian sense they fought a long time ago and Kenny has improved a whole lot sense then.

Regardless, that's not how title shots work. Do you really think that Leites is better than Henderson, Marquardt, or Franklin?? No not by a long shot, but he got the shot because he was the most deserving (we'll pretend okami doesn't exist, like ufc does) fighter in the weight class who hadn't already been dominated by the champ.

Also, assuming Sherk would beat Florian again (which we don't even know if he would), he still may have a better chance at taking out Penn than Sherk does. Styles make fights, Florian and Sherk have completely opposite styles. Sherk is heavy on the boxing and wrestling, Kenny bjj/muay thai. Kenny probably matchs up better against Penn because he's a much better striker with much longer reach, and he's got the bjj to possibly nullify Penn on the ground. So lets assume Sherk can beat Kenny, and Penn can beat Sherk.. that in no way means that Kenny can't beat Penn. Kenny getting his title shot is much more logical than sherk getting an immediate rematch after he just got dominated.
ArmFarmer- May 14, 2009 at 4:40 am
No you haven't made your point.. Florian deserves a title shot right now, Sherk does not.
831 Son- May 13, 2009 at 2:48 pm
Florian will win.
Jonny5- May 13, 2009 at 1:44 pm
Penn>Sherk>Florian does not equal Penn vs. Florian
Jonny5- May 13, 2009 at 12:53 pm
"Aside from two very understandable losses (diego at 185/sherk)"

Aside from that last loss to Penn Sherk has never lost at 155lbs. His other ONLY losses on his record were at the hands of GSP and Hughes(in his prime). Sherk has put a solid win against a solid opponent since his last title shot. Kenflo on the other hand somehow loses to Sherk who loses to no one else but Penn and gets Penn without at least rematching Sherk first to decide #1 contender??? Since losing to Sherk Kenflo's last 6 opponents have not been top competition either with the possible exception of Stevenson. Have I made my point yet?
ArmFarmer- May 13, 2009 at 12:22 pm
My moneys on Kenflo if it happens, he's just too technical for Diego imo. Diego would get picked apart on the feet and it would be a good ground battle but I think Kenny has a slight edge there too.
SlapjawAckrite- May 13, 2009 at 11:35 am
Yeah, his post is confusing...seems like he doesn't realize Florian has a title shot coming up. Speaking of which, how bout the inevitable Diego/Kenny rematch? I got Kenny in this one...Although Diego is new to LW, he didn't impress me against Joe Daddy.
ArmFarmer- May 13, 2009 at 11:29 am
Right I knew that.. my mistake.. but Sherk fought BJ for the title recently and got brutally tko'd. That's why I don't really understand what Jonny5 is asking. Aside from two very understandable losses (diego at 185/sherk) Florian as been dominating for quite a while, he's long overdue for his title shot. Sherk just got one and blew it.
SlapjawAckrite- May 13, 2009 at 10:48 am
@ ArmFarmer
Florian lost a UD title shot vs Sherk at UFC 64 I think.

I am from Mississippi and I hate Matt Hughes. Serra seems more like a guy you could drink a few with. Hughes thinks he's better than everyone, even when he "respects" them. That being said, Hughes by tko in second. I've heard he's actually training hard this time.
ArmFarmer- May 13, 2009 at 10:27 am
"does anyone else agree that a win here against Edgar PROVES that Florian jumped ahead of Sherk in the LW title pic?"

No idea what this question is suppose to mean. Do we think Sherk is more deserving of a shot than Florian? If that's what you meant.. not at all. Sherk just had a title shot and god dominated, Florian hasn't lost a fight in the ufc sense his middleweight fight with Diego. If you meant something else by that question, please explain.
Levi Jones- May 13, 2009 at 9:21 am
If this is a double KO, I will start going to church.
Jonny5- May 13, 2009 at 9:20 am
On a purely "top level mma" I think the Sherk vs. Edgar fight is more interesting than the 2 Matts but to respond @ My Fight Wiffa. The majority of peeps who watched TUF 6 want to see this fight. I agree neither Matt has a chance at the belt anymore but I bet if Hughes wins this one they will definetly start hyping "Matt Hughe's return" and have die hard Hughes fans and casual MMa fans believeing that Hughes is on route to a title shot in "a couple more wins". I think the real question here is what the UFC does with Serra if he loses this one? Now back to the Sherk scrap does anyone else agree that a win here against Edgar PROVES that Florian jumped ahead of Sherk in the LW title pic?
Canadian Chronic- May 13, 2009 at 9:14 am
hate em both. hope they knock each other into next week and outta mma altogether!
Dante- May 13, 2009 at 9:02 am
Matt Hughes is a dick.

He has looked worse and worse in his last fights.

clutchy hopkins- May 13, 2009 at 7:44 am
maybe i'm missing something all this time, but hughes seems like much less of a douche bag than serra. i'm confused to hear people say they hate hughes attitude and are going for serra. damn, if i have to hear serra talk about winning against hughes, i might have to cut my ears off. atleast hughes has something significant to brag about when he boasts, not just bitching and moaning
the glza- May 13, 2009 at 7:23 am
yeah... emotionally, i hope serra wins but if i was a betting man, i'd bet on hughes.
C-Bus Allstar- May 13, 2009 at 7:17 am
I happen to consider myself a country boy.. I was raised in Columbus, Ohio, but my roots are in Kentucky and West Virginia, and honestly, I can't fucking stand Matt Hughes. That guy puts good hillbilly's everywhere to fucking shame with his ego and his nonchalant wannabe attitude. He's a dick and I hope Matt Serra knocks him the fuck out.
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- May 13, 2009 at 7:11 am
Does anyone else not really give a shit about a fight between these two overtly arrogant guys who are never, ever going to sniff a title again? Anyone?

Hopefully through simultaneous punches, Hughes dislodges Serra's larynx (voicebox for you idiots) and Serra somehow strikes his forehead so hard it jars loose his emotional memory banks up and we can stop hearing about how great Hughes was.

We know dude, we watched you trounce dudes back in the day. I don't wanna hear about it anymore. I also don't want to hear Serra speak, in general.
dbiggles- May 13, 2009 at 7:06 am
I am taking the lesser of two evils an obnoxious hick, over a yankee dick
Jay Smith- May 13, 2009 at 6:49 am
Am I freakin first??? Matt Hughs sucks.