UFC 155 Conference Call Real Time Highlights

With only one show to go before calling it a year, the UFC is poised to end 2012 with a bang thanks to a heavyweight championship clash between title-holder Junior dos Santos and former divisional king Cain Velasquez. The two polished pummelers are set to face off on December 29 at UFC 155 where one will walk away with the biggest prize in the sport.

Before clashing in the cage, Dos Santos and Velasquez will cross paths today at 2:00 PM EST on a conference call promoting the event. As usual, Five Ounces of Pain will be tuned in and relaying highlights back to readers as the festivities unfold. Interestingly enough, UFC President Dana White is not expected to be on the line, nor are co-headliners Jim Miller/Joe Lauzon.

Read below for a breakdown of conversation…

Junior dos Santos

– Even though the first fight was short he feels he learned some things and is not writing off the result just because Velasquez had a bum knee
– Not bothered by people who put an asterisk next to the win
– Would love to fight in Brazil but happy to compete anywhere
– Plans to keep the fight standing
– “For sure I think Cain Velasquez is gonna come different this time, hungrier for sure.”
– Is certain this fight will last longer than the first one
– Felt a lot of pressure the first time because of his own injury and now he’s 100% healthy and “ready to go”
– Ready to submit Velasquez if he gets taken down and held there
– Has a lot of respect for Velasquez as a professional / “I know how hard this guy trains so this camp I did was my best camp ever. I’m very well prepared to face him again.”
– Feels Velasquez is a deserving contender and is the #2 heavyweight in MMA
– “I prefer to compete against clean athletes and real professionals.”
– “Guys like me and Cain Velasquez are made at the gym, guys like this other guy (Alistair Overeem) are made in the laboratory.”
– “No matter what happens I’m gonna knock him out again.”
– Thinks Antonio Silva will beat Overeem in February

Cain Velasquez

– Didn’t pull out of the first fight despite being injured because he’s a competitor by nature
– Doesn’t know if it was the right decision but did it and can’t change the past
– Has a similar gameplan to their initial encounter but will be 100% healthy this time
– Not concerned about future beyond the title-bout
– “If the UFC does ever go to Mexico I want to go over and fight there.”
– Thinks there is less pressure to be on PPV than to be on FOX debut but didn’t feel the promotional duties the first time around was a burden
– “I have a lot of respect for Junior, the way he carries himself inside the cage and out.”

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