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UFC 111 Press Conference in New York Brings Rowdy Crowd, Missing Carwin

(Photos contributed by Serafin Santiago Jr.)

In honor of the UFC throwing a card in Newark this weekend, the UFC hype-train made a big stop in New York City yesterday to hold a public press conference at the legendary Radio City Music Hall. Though the four headlining fighters were supposed to be in attendance taking questions and posing for pictures with fans, Shane Carwin was stuck in Long Island finishing up his medical licensing paperwork. Oddly enough, welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre seemed to get the least love from the raucous mass of NY/NJ fans. They loved Dan Hardy for being an underdog who trains with Matt Serra. They loved Frank Mir for embodying the Jersey Shore juicehead ideal, even though he’s a lifelong Las Vegas resident.* They swung off of Dana White’s nuts, uncomfortably.** If you live in the New York area but can’t make it to UFC 111, Radio City will be hosting a viewing party on Saturday night, featuring appearances by Chuck Liddell, Matt Serra, Stephan Bonnar, and a freakin’ ginormous screen. Some important notes from yesterday’s presser are after the jump…

— Due to the five pounds of lean muscle he’s put on since his last fight, GSP expects to be around 190-192 pounds when he steps into the cage on Saturday.

— Georges St. Pierre on Hardy’s recent training with Matt Serra: "I don’t really care who he trains with, because those are the things I don’t have any control over…It’s not gonna change anything. An armbar’s an armbar, no matter who’s teaching it."

— Georges on moving up to middleweight in the future: "I don’t say it’s impossible, but right now I don’t want to look past Dan Hardy. I’m gonna have the toughest fight of my career. I’m ready to do five 5-minute rounds of incredible war, and I don’t want to look past Dan Hardy. I’ve done that mistake before and it will never happen again."

Brock Lesnar will be at UFC 111, and could possibly make his way into the cage after the Mir/Carwin fight. Barring injury, the heavyweight belt will be unified this summer.

— Frank Mir has gotten about as big as he’s ever going to get. "I’ve realized that there are genetic limitations to everybody, so that kind of bites. But I think that I’ve closed the gap on all the other heavyweights that are stronger than I am where at least now it’s not such an excessive amount that it would be a decisive factor in a fight."

Brian Stann was awarded this year’s Tequila Cazadores "Authentic Spirit Award," and was given a $10,000 check for the charity of his choice. Stann is giving the money to Hire Heroes, an organization dedicated to providing career placement assistance for returning members of the U.S. armed forces, particularly those who sustained injuries or disabilities in combat.

— When asked by a fan if he’d ever consider doing the kind of fighter-trading and co-promotion that Strikeforce and DREAM are doing, Dana replied, "I’ll wait until they both go out of business and then I’ll sign ‘em all."

— Dana White still hasn’t decided who will be the first opponent for James Toney. "We did this deal, and now I have to figure out what I’m going to do with him," White said.

* Pet names for Mir shouted out by the crowd included "FRANKIE POWAHOUSE!!!" and "FRANKENSTEIN MONSTAH!!!"

** The "Authentic Pause" award goes to the nervous weirdo who came up to the mic during the fan Q+A portion of the event, started off by saying "Long time fan, first time caller" — seriously, like he was calling into a radio show — then dug his hole deeper by telling Dana "I’m literally pissing my pants right now, I got every UFC fanboy’s wet dream here, the only thing that would make it better would be sitting in your lap right now."

(Video courtesy of Cagewriter.)

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ghostboner- March 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm
Seriously? you have never heard Buffer introduce him as Tim "The Fight Night Pants Pooping Mine-iac!!!!!" SSSSSYLLLLLllVVIAAAAAAA!!!!! Pretty sure that name, like a skid mark, stuck.
surfjafo- March 25, 2010 at 7:35 pm
Yup...I supplied the pics, AND the "FUCK TITO!" comment on the video at the 1:07 mark. Damn I got in a full day of work that day!
DazedNConfused- March 25, 2010 at 11:25 am
"So your telling me there's a chance"- Dumb and Dumber

Always reminds me of Hardy's dumbass look. Seriously I don't mind the guy, but I just think he'd lose to Fitch, Alves, and Kosheck. They'd be close, good fights though. But he just gets bumped up to St. Pierre. Oh well, they needed someone to throw in with GSP.

All I know is, the "chance" everyone is talking about it most likely .03% or some crazy number like that. That doesn't mean he won't hit GSP. But like I have said in other posts, Hardy isn't a knockout king like Alves was, he has 3 decisions in the UFC. It's going to be GSP flipping Hardy on his ass, over and over again. Then picking him apart when they're standing. Then bam, flipping him on his ass again. It's going to be a rough night for the Englishman.
robgd- March 25, 2010 at 10:46 am
Hardy has a chance. He has to catch GSP early with a bomb. It's happened before. I don't think that's going to happen though. Hardy's going to wind up and swing and GSP's going to scoop him up and slam his ass on the mat like a rag doll, then beat him and there will be much blood. I just think it's funny that Hardy went to one of GSP's beaten opponents for help. Bass-ackwards approach. Can't wait for this fight!!
Unabomberman- March 25, 2010 at 10:43 am

It's 'cause Matt 'Ardy knows, as mostly everyone does, that Kermit hangs around with Shogun and translates from funky brazillian to english for him. Haven't you been paying attention?

No one wants to upset, insult Kermit, or use Kermit as an offense to offend and insult somebody. No one.

Super-Drunk Punch- March 25, 2010 at 10:36 am
Hardy can tell GSP he screwed his mother if he wants. GSP is a rock and Hardy is a shit talker...we all know what Georgey will do to him and it will start as soon as the cage door closes and we hear - "LETS GET IT ON!" and it will end when the ref pulls George off of Dan's limp and beaten body....

All these haters chirping about Hardy "shocking the world" yourselves a favor and watch CageRage.
destinationblood- March 25, 2010 at 7:56 am
HAH I was just going to say i think he uses that same suit at every post fight press conferences and interviews....also Mir uses the same beanie
CAP10- March 25, 2010 at 7:56 am
Go to Google and type in "Tim Sylvia" and look at the top suggestion. Hilarious.
That Guy- March 25, 2010 at 7:47 am
Damn, GSP is wearing that SAME suit!! Shari, get your boy some new threads already. That pinstripe number we saw him get in the first Primetime series is getting old. At the very least get him a new tie or something
Kellenavalanche- March 25, 2010 at 7:42 am
Fitch vs Alves is off. FML
Viva Hate- March 25, 2010 at 7:41 am
I must have been asleep the past 3+ years! Maybe it is the fact I try and ignore anything to do with Sylvia as much as possible.
hotsaucemonster- March 25, 2010 at 7:39 am
@Viva Hate
dude everyone knew Tim Sylvia shit his pants
ctownhood- March 25, 2010 at 7:39 am
Yeah..old news. You can find pics of it on the interwebs.....not that it's something you want to see....
Kellenavalanche- March 25, 2010 at 7:37 am
Oh and Steve Cofield was booed by the entire crowd after asking his question.
Which was something along the line of how bad was it for Mir to make the death comments while MMA being sanctioned in NY is still up in the air.
Kinda dumb kinda funny i guess.
dranokills- March 25, 2010 at 7:30 am
#1 how cool is Dana, dude says " it would be a dream to hang out with you and meet those guys"< and he says DONE go see so and so over there, your dream comes true, how cool.
#2 man I hope Thiago isn't really hurt this card needs to stay whole it's a great card, I sure don't want to see that happen and make it less.
Steffmeister- March 25, 2010 at 7:30 am
Look at those thugs all new money, doing the pose in their suits...
Viva Hate- March 25, 2010 at 7:29 am
I think an intersting note from yesterday with Dana was during his interview on Opie and Anthony where he brought up the fact that Tim Sylvia shit his pants at Fight Night 3 against Assuerio Silva, somehow I missed this fact. Hopefully this is news to other people as well.
Kellenavalanche- March 25, 2010 at 7:24 am
I was bummed Carwin didn't get to make it. We were told he was "held up".
Frank def got the most love, this guy sitting next to me was seriously freaking out. I think he screamed I love You Frank about 4 times, and refused to sit down for a bit.
GSP got love too, and Hardy was getting some shit from fans even though there were some brits in the crowd supporting.
One of the first crowd questions/weird obsession confessions was a guy who went up and pretty much said he was a huge fan and has spent thousands of dollars on PPV and tickets. Then asked what it took to hang backstage with Dana for a night. White looked at him and said done, You got it, go over there and talk to that guy. Then he did.
Sooo fuck me I guess.
I'll be there on Sat, really pumped. ESPN is advertising it right now on Sports Center! GSP and Mir will be on around 12. What do ya know?
GEE-yuh-TEEN- March 25, 2010 at 7:21 am
Frank Mir needs some of Roy Nelson's genes...
shitwhistle- March 25, 2010 at 7:07 am
I heard Thiago Alves is out of the fight against Fitch due to a problem found during a CAT scan. If there's truth to it, it could be a career ender.