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UFC 134 Press Conference Highlights

After a record turnout yesterday for an open workout on the beach, the UFC‘s highly successful build up towards this weekend’s event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil continued this afternoon with a press conference featuring UFC President Dana White in addition to UFC 134 participants Anderson Silva, Yushin Okami, Forrest Griffin, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and more!

Five Ounces of Pain was tuned in and relaying live highlights back to readers including interesting nuggets of information and noteworthy soundbytes.

Read below to hear what the group had to say about bringing a major MMA show back to Brazil, the overwhelming support they’ve received thus far, and a number of other topics relating to Saturday night’s show:

(Unfortunately, some of the responses could not be relayed properly to the non-bilingual folks listening in due to issues with the audio not smoothly transitioning between English and Portuguese translation)

Anderson Silva:

– Respects Okami and feels he has been respected in return as well
– Is very happy about his chosen profession even though he wanted to be a soccer player when he was younger, jokes that he’s translated his frustration from that into MMA
– Steven Segal was not involved in his camp this time around / “But that’s okay. For next fight, maybe.”

Yushin Okami:

– “It’s a great honor to fight in Brazil.”

Mauricio Rua:

Forrest Griffin:

– Jokes that he understands why Brazilians are against the Americans, says he always roots for the guy who looks most like him when he watches fights

Dana White:

– Truly believes Silva is the best fighter ever
– Chose Rio because it is a worldwide destination
– “I’m really looking forward to getting into the arena on Saturday night and hearing, feeling the crowd.”
– Respects Schaub’s stance on wanting to take on Nogueira / “I don’t mind guys calling out other guys. I like it.”
– Doesn’t know what’s next for Silva and says it will depend on the outcome from this weekend but says Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson are both possibilities

Brendan Schaub:

– Thinks Americans should take advantage of the ability to help kids in the favelas / “For me it was a rude awakening. It was not stuff I’m used to. I got all my sponsors together and donated gear.”
– Jiu-Jitsu is his #1 passion in the sport but doesn’t expect to out-grapple Nogueira

“Minotauro” Nogueira:

– Has had three surgeries over the past year but is physically prepared for this weekend, feels excellent and is very motivated
– Will be his first fight in Brazil and is very excited
– The arena is only a mile from his gym so he expects all his students and family/friends to be there

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

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