Though Halloween is less than a week away, MMA fans will receive a handful of treats a few days early when UFC 137 unfolds live from Las Vegas on October 29. Headlined by former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz battling it out with UFC icon B.J. Penn, the fistic festivities also include a quartet of notable heavyweights and more than one fight with impact on the related division’s contendership picture.
Before the competitors take to the Octagon they’ll head to the stage later this afternoon for a press conference relating to Saturday night’s show. On hand will be Diaz, Penn, Cheick Kongo, Matt Mitrione, and Dana White who will all field questions from fans/media.
Five Ounces of Pain will be tuned in and delivering highlights back to readers as they unfold in real time when the presser starts at 4:00 PM EST.
Read below to check out all the interesting nuggets of information and scintillating soundbytes pulled from the proceedings:
*Thinks he might be the underdog because now he’s in the UFC.
*Still thinks his style is a bad match up for GSP.
*Wanted the press to come to him. Says he enjoys the right kind of press.
*Says both he and Nick are both in a must-win situation. Thinks they both have a lot of pressure on them.
*Still wants to fight GSP because he’s the champ.
*Worked with guys like Randy Couture, Rashad Evans, and Tyrone Spong leading up to this fight.
*”If I get my ass kicked then I know it wasn’t worth it, but if I can hang with him then I know where I stand.”
*Calls out a reporter for asking about taking days off and trying to start something.
*Tried not to hope from training camp to training camp so he could work on things.
*”I challenge anybody with a belt to a 40-yard dash.”
Mirko Cro Cop:
*”This could easily be my last fight in the UFC. Win or lose.”
*Says after he retires, he’s going to raise his kids.
*”If you lose two fights, people want you to retire. So I guess I have to retire.”
*Announces the UFC has signed Jon Anik from ESPN to work for them on FOX.
*Says that UFC is lucky BJ Penn vs. Nick Diaz stayed together because he knew it could headline the card.
*Is impressed by Diaz’ winning streak.
*Had no problems with people wanting refunds even after Georges St. Pierre pulled out.