The lot of of featured fighters set for action on May 5 at UFC on FOX 3 took the stage earlier today to discuss the event, their upcoming bouts, and the state of MMA in general and the group definitely didn’t disappoint. Joining UFC President Dana White at the proceedings were headliners Jim Miller and Nate Diaz, as well as welterweight contenders Josh Koscheck-Johny Hendricks, heavyweight sluggers Pat Barry-Lavar Johnson, and Alan Belcher who fights Rousimar Palhares at the event.
One of the many highlights from the press conference included White acknowledging the winner of Miller-Diaz will receive a crack at lightweight champion Benson Henderson’s title if former champion Frankie Edgar can be convinced to drop down to featherweight, a prospect “The Answer” has adamantly denied any interest in doing. Reading between the lines the statement also seemed to imply Edgar will get a rematch if he can’t be convinced to make the move to 145 pounds.
Other interesting tidbits included Koscheck labeling Hendricks’ win over friend Jon Fitch as involving a “lucky punch”, Barry teasing the possibility of a light heavyweight run in the future, as well as stating he didn’t see any grappling (or the need for a second/third round) given his shared strike-centric style with Johnson, and White addressing the status of the fight for licensing in the State of New York.
Watch the full presser below (talking starts approximately 9:30 in to the clip):
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