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UFC 136 Real Time Press Conference Highlights

The UFC has saddled up and moseyed on down to the Lone Star State once again, this time stopping in Houston for an event featuring dual title-fights and a number of match-ups between ranked/respected Mixed Martial Artists.

Headlined by lightweight Frank Edgar’s second consecutive title-defense against Gray Maynard with a co-main event between phenomenal 145-pound champion Jose Aldo taking on Kenny Florian, UFC 136 is one of the most-anticipated events of 2011 and it’s only four days away from unfolding at the Toyota Center!

However, before the fighters take to the Octagon, a handful of them including the champs and challengers sat down and spoke with media at a press conference related to the festivities. As always, Five Ounces of Pain was tuned in and relayed relevant information back to readers.

Frank Edgar:

– Doesn’t think Gray has his number or else he would have beaten him in the last fight
– Was surprised by how well Maynard pressured him in their last fight and how tough he was throughout the entire bout

Gray Maynard:

– Feels good and fully prepared / “Everything is done. It’s about time to have fun.”
– Wants to bring a title back to Xtreme Couture
– Credits Edgar with being a “tough kid” and says even he was “amazed” by his ability to come back

Jose Aldo:

– His preparation was great for the last fight but the weight cut was harder, says it has been much easier this time

Kenny Florian:

– Doesn’t feel this is his “last stand” / Loves the challenges provided by MMA, loves going to the gym every day, and wants to compete against the best guys possible
– “I feel it is my time.”
– As a MMA fan he is looking forward to Edgar vs. Maynard and is happy he’s fighting first so he can hopefully watch things unfold from backstage afterwards

Brian Stann:

– Has trained wrestling more than anything else over the past two years and knows he doesn’t have to out-wrestle Sonnen on Saturday night / “I even went back to my bout agreement and checked – I can punch in this fight.”
– Doesn’t feel Sonnen’s past opponents didn’t train specifically for him rather than focusing on what they were already good at
– Believes there is a rhythm to fighting but doesn’t expect Sonnen to show any “ring rust”
– Mentions that he met Sonnen after he had his first professional fight and referred to how respectful Chael was

Chael Sonnen:

– Has accepted he could be a bit rusty after the long layoff and believes “ring rust is a real thing”
– “I’m out trying to pick a fight (with Anderson) and I’m not making any qualms about it. I’ve never told Dana I want a title-fight..I want the title.”
– The break doesn’t feel too long / “I’ve never been a victim. I’m not going to complain.”
– “He’ll bring his skills, I’ll bring mine. We’ll shake hands after the fight and live with the result.”
– Admits he had some doubts about coming back / “I’m never secure out there. Every day I try to get a little better at something – a little faster, a little stronger…that’s part of it. What fun would this be if you knew the outcome?”

Dana White:

– “Nothing sucks worse than a draw.” / Excited about finally being able to move forward in the division
– Calls Florian and Aldo both being finishers
– “I want Kenny to prove me wrong on this one.” (referring to past assertions Florian chokes in big fights)
– Mentions how much the UFC has grown since the last time they were in Houston four years ago, specifically talking about how jacked he is about the deal with FOX
– Says Houston has been a great market for them where viewership is concerned
– Even if Edgar wins and ties the series 1-1-1 the UFC is still moving forward in the division
– Doesn’t remember how he scored the last fight but just remember the bad taste the draw left in his mouth and how passionate Maynard was about getting another shot

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