Though plenty of exciting events are set to take place before the end of the year, one of the cards clearly on the minds of most fans is the UFC‘s scheduled stop in San Jose on November 19 with a lineup boasting a bevy of former title-holders. Headlined by Dan Henderson‘s return to the Octagon against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and also featuring human highlight reel Cung Le taking on Wanderlei Silva, UFC 139 is shaping up to easily one of the most anticipated shows of 2011 (and that’s without even mentioning Urijah Faber vs. Brian Bowles or Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story).
One of the first legs of the two-month journey towards the HP Pavilion takes place this afternoon at 4:00 PM EST when Henderson, Rua, Le, and Silva take to the stage to promote the upcoming event. UFC President Dana White will also be on hand. As always, Five Ounces of Pain will be tuned in and ready to report back to readers with relevant information featuring highlights from the proceedings and soundbytes when possible.
Read below to see what the quartet of highly-skilled competitors had to say:
*”I guess it’s ironic that every time I win a title somewhere, Dana has to buy the company to get me back.”
*Wasn’t excited about fighting anyone else in Strikeforce. Felt all the best fights for him were in the UFC.
*Prefers to fight at 205 because he hates cutting weight. Only fight he wants at 185 is Anderson Silva.
*Wouldn’t mind fighting in Japan again.
*Is very happy to be fighting Henderson.
*Never considered dropping to 185 and doesn’t believe he could make weight because his natural weight is 225-230.
*Is focussed on Henderson and isn’t thinking about the Japan card.
*Thought it was cool when Quinton Jackson called him out at UFC 135. He likes Quinton as a person and likes his personality. Thinks the fight should happen sooner or later.
*Has been training since February and is ready to fight.
*Means a lot to him to be in the co-main event in te UFC. “It’s a dream come true.”
*When asked who he’s training with and how he’s preparing for Silva: “That’s a secret”
*Focussed on this fight, isn’t thinking about movies.
*Says he loves fighting and is excited for this fight.
*Says his back is against the wall, but thinks he fights better from that position.
*Wants to fight on the Japan card.
*”Dan and I get along fine…. I can’t hate him for knocking Fedor out, either. I’m happy to have him back.”
*When asked if Koscheck will fight on this card: “We’ll see if he wants to fight Jon Fitch, then they can both fight in San Jose.” Says Koscheck wants on this card though.
PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE/UFC