(“It was a big, white, semi-truck. The license plate was JACKLINKS.”)
“The ref [Mario Yamasaki] was going, ‘Eh, is [Couture] OK?’ Mario was trying to give him time [to recover]. There’s a fine line between that and [allowing] too many punches. When I saw Randy go back down, I thought we had crossed that line.” — Dana White on the stoppage in UFC 91′s Lesnar/Couture fight, which some questioned as dangerously late.
“He came in a couple days ago and I introduced him to Manny and the other trainers. We picked out a time…and he’s gonna come in and start training with me. I hear he’s a great striker and I hope we can help him improve even more.” — Beloved boxing trainer Freddie Roach on his new protege, Anderson Silva.
“I’d fight him. The thing about a Machida fight that isn’t appealing to me is that stylistically, Machida is kind of a boring fighter. That’s not a putdown. He’s very, very effective. He’s good at what he does. He’s constantly backing away and forces his opponent into mistakes, and that’s how he catches you. In order to beat him, you really have to fight an intelligent fight, and I think that by not overcommitting yourself on things, it’s going to create a situation where you’re not putting on a fight that’s really exciting for the fans.” — Rich Franklin stating the obvious regarding a potential rematch with Lyoto Machida. Machida gave Franklin his first career loss via TKO at the Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye Festival in 2003.
“I’m looking for top competition. I want to prove I’m the best fighter in the world. Georges St. Pierre, it’s an opportunity to fight him and show I’m the best. I think I’m gonna be the top 170-pounder there. I wanna be the best. I wanna go there and take the belt. I wouldn’t be happy with anything less.” — Jake Shields on his desire to join the UFC in the wake of EliteXC’s collapse.
“It’s just gonna take some time to get the new ideas and game plans down, if I could learn it all and have it second nature in five weeks then damn that would be sweet but I assure you I am getting it all dialed in pretty quick and I know the final outcome will be worth it. I never had the ability to have amateur fighting and all that, I came into the sport and just started throwing. It’s tough cause I have that legend status and there’s no real way to lay low and go unnoticed while I try to learn. So I just get out there and keep every fight exciting and hope at the end of the day I will still have a job. This fight hurts to lose cause I feel I let my new coach and team down. My life has always been an up and down roller coaster, but sometimes I want off the ride and just hang at the top once again.” — Jens Pulver, coming off two straight losses in the WEC’s featherweight division, assesses his present as well as his past.