The extended video preview for UFC 129 has hit the Internet tubes, and as usual with these things, we get confident words from all the headliners, intercut with Joe Rogan raving about what beasts they are. Here’s a cheat-sheet…
— Georges St. Pierre says it’s an honor and a privilege to be part of all-time biggest gate in UFC history, and promises to give the fans a good show. Welterweight title contender Jake Shields says he has no problem fighting in hostile territory — which might be the first time that any part of Canada has been described as “hostile territory.” Says Shields: “Everyone has holes. He’s human. Once I get on top of him, I’m going to pass and put him away.” GSP respects Jake’s six year, 15-fight win streak, but says that fighting for a UFC world title is a different game. Particularly when you’re fighting Georges St. Pierre.
— Speaking of champions who will be coming into their fights as massive favorites, featherweight king Jose Aldo will be defending his belt against Canadian veteran Mark Hominick. Hominick respects the fact that Aldo can end the fight quickly, and from any position, but feels that the champ hasn’t fought an elite striker like himself. He’s looking to make Aldo move backwards for a change. Aldo ain’t skurred. The one-man Brazilian demolition-squad is prepared for Hominick no matter where he tries to take the fight.
— Finally, Randy Couture says the constant questions about his longevity and retirement don’t bother him (even though he raises most of them himself). Couture has had his eyes on the “Rubik’s Cube” of Lyoto Machida for a long time. “I’m gonna come forward but I’m not gonna stop,” Couture says. “I’m gonna come all the way forward. The cage is only so big. You can’t run forever.” Well, technically you can, but only if you don’t mind sabotaging your career.