UFC 241: Post-fight Press Conference

UFC 241: Post-fight Press Conference


IN THE SECOND ROUND I’M STILL HERE AND I TRIED TO FINISHING THE FIGHT BUT HE PUT HIS FINGER ON MY EYE. HE PUT THE FINGER ON MY EYE AND MY VISION WAS LIKE A BLOW. AND I NEED TO STOP THE FIGHT. AND HE HAS — HE HAD THAT TIME TO COME OVER WITH MORE DEPTH TO THE FIGHT. SO I GUESS — I GUESS I — I CALLED HIM IN THE FIRST OR SECOND ROUTE BUT DID NOT HAPPEN.>>YES. I FEEL HIS HAND, YOU KNOW. IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE I PUNCH FACE AND HE PURT HURT. HE POINT HERE AND HE LOOK. WHEN I LOOK FOR HIM AGAIN, HE PUSH MY FACE. YES. I KNOCKED DOWN AND COME BACK.>>THIS IS THE FIRSTER TIME YOU HAVEN’T FINISHED AN OPPONENT INSIDE THE DISTANCE. WHAT DO YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF HAVING TO GO TO A DECISION LIKE THIS IN SUCH A TOUGH FIGHT FOR THE FIRST TIME?>>UH, IT’S NOT NEW TO ME. THREE, FOUR BECAUSE I DO THIS EVERY WEEK. WE DID THREE SPOTS PER WEEK FOR THREE MONTHS EVERY WEEK. FOUR ROUNDS. WE FOUGHT DIFFERENT GUYS, YOU KNOW. I’M THE MIDDLE AND FOUR DIFFERENT FIGHTERS SPARING WITH ME. SO IT’S NOT NEW TO ME. I CAN DO FOUR HOUNDS — SO SO I’M — IT’S NOT NEW TO ME.>>CAN CONGRATULATIONS ON THE WIN. BEFORE THE FIGHT YOU SAID YOU WANT TO BOOK YOUR TICK FRTS MELVIN UFC 243. WE KNOW ROBBERS HAD TO POWELL OUT OF A FEW FIGHT, IF UFC OFFERED YOU A BACK UP SPOT FOR IT TITLE FIGHT, WOULD YOU CONSIDER IT?>>NO, NO. ABSOLUTE NO.>>[ INAUDIBLE ]. >>IF HE WOULD CONSIDER IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS IF IT’S SOMETHING HE WOULD CONSIDERER. FOR FIGHT AGAINST? AS A BACK UP. IN OCTOBER. NO, NO. I TRAIN SO HARD YOU KNOW. I TRAIN SO HARD. I NEED TO CONFIRM THE FIGHT. I NEED TO CONFIRM. MY CAMP IS WILD. IS JUNGLE WILD. LOOK,IER I FORGET TO SAY IT IN OCTGAUP. OCTAGON. I BROKE TWO HIPS ON THE LAST CAMP. I BROKE MY BICEPS OFF THE LEG. MAN, THIS IS CRAZY. THIS IS A CRAZY. I BRING NINE FIGHTERS TO SPAR WITH ME. OUR GUYS GO BACK TO HOME WITH INJURIES BECAUSE WILD TRAIN CAMP. I CANNOT BE — YOU KNOW I NEED CONFIRM THE FIGHT. TO MAKE MY CAMP.>>JUST LAST QUESTION FOR ME. WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE TO ROBERT WHITAKER IF THEY SEE YOU? WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE TO THEM?>>I THINK THE BOTH ARE LOOKING TO ME. SCAREY, YOU KNOW. BECAUSE BOTH GUYS KNOW NOW HAVE A VERY, VERY TOUGH GUY LOOK FOR HIM, LOOK FOR THEM. I THINK — FOR ME HE WON. BUT IF HE WON THE BELT, MAN, I CAN KILL THAT GUY. HE’S VERY SKINNY. HE NOT HAVE A CHANCE AGAINST ME. I THINK HE WILL DEFEAT. [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]>>>HEY, CONGRATULATIONS ON THE WIN. YOU TOLD US THIS IS A VERY PERSONAL ONE. I’M JUST WITH WONDERRING IS THE BEEF SQUASHED BECAUSE AFTER YOU WITHER WERE HUGGING AND YOU SHARED SOME WORDS. WHAT DID YOU SAY TO EACH OTHER AND IS THE BEEF SQUASHED?>>YES, BEFORE FIGHT I WAS VERY SAD WITH HEW MARROW BECAUSE HE SAY SHIT ABOUT MY NAME. SAY I FAIL ON — FAIL ON OTHER TESTS. BUT IT’S NOT TRUE. I PROVED I NEVER FAILED ON THOSE OTHER TESTS. AND JUST RESPECT FOR HIS FIGHTER, ONLY HUMAN BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW HIM SO MUCH. ABOUT HIS I NEED TO RESPECT. HE’S 42 YEARS OLD AND AMAZING FIGHTER.>>RUTSER KIND OF FUNNY BECAUSE YOU MEPGZED BEFORE WITH HIM IT’S PERSONAL. WHAT IS IT THAT MOCKS IT PERSONAL FOR YOU?>>TALKED SHIT ABOUT ME TOO. AND AFTER MY LAST FIGHT IN TWEPT 18, HE ASK ME TO FIGHT AGAINST HIM AND HE SAY OH, I CAN’T — HE SAY I HAVE GENERAL ARMS. SO IT’S PERSONAL.>>LAST ONE FOR ME. YOU DID SAY YOU ARE VERY CONFIDMENT YOU CAN BEAT BOTH OF THEM IN ONE NIGHT. WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOUR SKILLSET, WHAT DO YOU FEEL GIVES YOU THE ABILITIES TO BEAT THEM BOTH IN ONE NIGHT?>>THEY’RE BOTH ARE NOT TOUGH THAN HIM, YOU KNOW. BECAUSE THIS I KNOW. HE’S NOT BIGGER TOUGH GUY.>>YOU KIND OF ANSWERED A COUPLE OF THESE QUESTIONS ALREADY BUT MAYBE GET AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION. [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] DID YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE AFTER THE FIGHT YOU HAD WON?>>SURE. FOR SURE I HAD CONFIDENCE. BECAUSE MY CONFIDENCE TOLD ME YOU WON. AND THAT’S IT.>>. [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] WAS IT A TIE BETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS?>>NO BECAUSE I DOMINATE THE OCTAGON. I’M LOOKING FOR THE FIGHT ALL TO THE TIME. MY PUNCHES ARE VERY CONSISTENT. HE HIT ME SOMETIMES. BUT NOT WITH POWER, YOU KNOW. AND EVERYBODY KNOWS THEY COUNT DAYS. HOW MUCH POWER. HOW MUCH DAMAGE YOU CAN DO. SO I WAS VERY CONFTDANT ON MY VICTORY.>>SO YOUR LAST NIGHT WAS LAST JULY. [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF WAITING FOR ANOTHER FIGHT AFTER ALL THAT TIME?>>I NEED THIS TIME. I NEED THIS TIME IN THE OCTAGON TO FIX SOME PERSONAL THINGS IN MY LIFE, TO ORGANIZE MY TRAINING CAMP AND TO RELAX A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE I DID FOUR FIGHTS. AND THIS TIME FAR OFF THE OCTAGON WAS VERY GOOD FOR ME TO FOCUS. YOU KNOW. AND ORGANIZE MY LIFE. SO I DON’T FEEL DIFFERENT FOR ONE YEAR OF THE OCTAGON BECAUSE I DID SPAR VERY HARD ON MY TEAM. SO THIS MOCKS ME FEEL CONFIDENT FOR THE FIGHT. [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]>>DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING ABOUT YOURSELF TONIGHT?>>YES, YES. NOT TARR MUCH. NOT TOO MUCH. AND SOMETHING ABOUT ME, HOW TOUGH GUY I AM. I ALREADY KNOW ABOUT THAT. MY COACH HERE ALREADY KNOW ABOUT THAT BECAUSE I WILL REPEAT. I DID THREE SPARINGS PER WEEK FOR THREE MONTHS WITH DIFFERENT GUYS. SOMETIMES TWO GUYS PER HOUND. THIS IS SO HARD. NOTHING IS MORE HARD THAN THIS. MAKE 2:00 IN HOUSE. AND THIS GUY GO OUT AND COME FRESH GUY FOR HOUNDS AND IT’S CRAZY. WE DID THIS ON OUR JEAN, YOU KNOW. SO I’M READY. I WAS READY FOR THIS WAR.>>DOES IT BOTHER YOU THAT PEOPLE WERE HAPPY AFTER THE FIGHT AND ARE YOU EXPECTING TO GET REVENGE?>>NO, THIS IS NORMAL. THIS IS COM. HIS HOUSE, HIS HOME. AND YOUR SECOND QUESTION?>>WE’RE EXPECTED TO GET REVENGE?>>REVENGE? YEAH. I THINK NOT MAKING GOOD SENSE BUT IF [ INAUDIBLE ] BUT MY FOCUS IS ON BELT. I WONNER THE BELT. I BEAT HIM. EESZ RR A BEAST BUT I BEAT HIM. I NEED TO LOOK FORWARD, YOU KNOW. I NEED TO LOOK FORWARD. THE NEXT STEP IS THE BELT.>>THANK YOU.>>CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WIN. SO THIS WAS A BIG STEP UP IN COMPETITION FOR YOU. AND IT WAS A VERY GRUELING FIGHT AS WELL. WAS IT AS HARD AS YOU THOUGHT IT WOULD BE? DID IT MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS IN THAT SENSE?>>YES. YES. THAT FIGHT WAS VERY MORE HARD THAN I EXPECT. I GUESS I WILL — YEAH. I THINKB I WAS KNOCK OUT HIM THE FIRST OR SECOND ROUND BUT HE’S HARD.>>IN HINDSIGHT WHAT DO YOU THING YOU CAN COULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY TO HAVE MADE THE FIGHT EASIER ON YOU?>>MAN, I THINK NOTHING. NOTHING. I DID MY BEST. MAYBE — I DON’T KNOW, MAN. I DID MY BEST. HE’S VERY HARD TO BEAT.>>EVERYBODY TALKED ABOUT YOU ROMERO. HOW STRONG DID HE FEEL TO YOU? IN THE FIRST FIVE MINUTES HOW STRONG DID HE FEEL TO YOU? HE HIT VERY HARD. HE’S STRONG. IT’S HARD TO FIGHT AGAINST HIM BUT ME TOO. YOU KNOW. BETWEEN ME AND HIM IS ALL MY PUNCHES ARE VERY HARD. ALL MY PUNCHES AND ALL MY KICKS. I FEEL MY CHIN VERY PAIN BECAUSE I KICK HIS HEAD VERY, VERY STRONG IN THE FACE. BUT, MAN, FOR SURE HIS ARMY’S ALMOST BROKEN. YOU KNOW. SO HE HIT HARD TOO. SO THAT’S IT.>>NOW THERE ARE OTHER FOIGTSZ GOING ON. BUT FOR THE RECORD YOU’RE READY TO WAIT UNTIL THEY OFFER YOU THE FRIG FIGHT FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP?>>YEAH, I WILL. I WILL WAIT FOR SURE.>>PAULO CONGRATULATIONSEN THE VICTORY. YOUR NICKNAME’S THE ERASER, THE TERMINATOR, THE ERASER, ARNOLD WAS IN THE BUILDING HIMSELF. AFTER YOU GOT THE VICTORY, WHAT DID YOU SAY TO HIM INSIDE THE OCTAGON?>>MAN, I’M VERY FAN OF SCHWARZENEGGER AND WHEN THE CAPT NL SHOW ME HIM, HE WAS VERY CLOSE TO THE OCTAGON AND I SAY HEY, ARNOLD MY NICKNAME COME FROM YOU BECAUSE MY COCOACH SHOW ME YOUR MOVE AND I WATCH YOUR MOVE AND CAPTAIN SAY PAULO, NOW YOU ARE THE ERASER AND HE SAY MAN, I KNOW. I DON’T KNOW WHO TOLD HIM ABOUT ME BUT HE SAY I KNOW. I’M VERY GLAD FOR IT. THANK YOU. ER >>PAULO CONGRATULATIONS. AMAZING PERFORMANCE. YOU LOOKED FANTASTIC OUT THERE. IN TERMS OF SOME OF OF THE TACTICS. WE’VE SEEN ROMERO IN PAST FIGHTS DELAY, GET OFF THE BENCH LATE, MAYBE REST A FEW EXTRASECONDS MAYBE TO GATHER STRENGTH. THERE WAS A POINT IN THE FIGHT WHERE YOU NEED HUM. IT APPEARED IN THE STOMACH. HE WENT DOWN AND LOOKED LIKE A LEGITIMATE SHOT IN THE STOMACH. BUT I BELIEVE HE MADE IT APPEAR AS THOUGH HE GOT HIT IN THE GROIN. IT DIDN’T APPEAR THAT WAY ON THE REPLAY. DO YOU FEEL LIKE HE WAS USING THAT OPPORTUNITY TO GET SOME ADDITIONAL REST BECAUSE AT THAT POINT YOU PUT LOTS OF PRESSURE ON HIM, HE WAS VERY TIRED?>>YES, I GUESS. FOR SURE I GUESS. I HIT HIM VERY HARD WITH MY KNEE. TWO TIMES. THE FIRST TIME VERY CLEAR ON HIS STOMACH. AND HE UGHH. HE SAY THIS SOUND “UGHH”. AND HE SAY THE SAME SOUND AND SECOND, TWO SECONDS AFTER THIS, HE SAY OH, MY BALLS. YOU KNOW. SO I THINK HE WANT TO GET MORE TIME >>THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU GUYS.>>>THE AUDIENCE WAS 13 RR 304. BONUSES GO TO WURGY AND MEOSICH. THEY ALL WON 30,000 EACH. >>START WITH DC. HAVE YOU TALKED TO HIM AND WHAT DO YOU THING HE LOOKED LIKE? REALLY GOOD FIGHTER FOR THREE AND A HALF ROUNDS.>>OBVIOUSLY YOU KNOW HOW COMPETITIVE HE IS. HE’S VERY BUMMED OUT. WHAT AN ABSOLUTE WAR FOR TWO HEAVYWEIGHTS TO GO IN AND PUNCH AND TAKE PUNCHES THE WAY THEY DID AND KEEP COMING FORWARD. WHEN THEY CAME OUT AND WAS WAITLING FOR CORMIER TO WALK, ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS LOOK. MENTALLY HE WAS READY FOR THE FIGHT AND GOT HIT WITH EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK AND STAYED IN THAT FIGHT. THEN WHOEVER IN HIS CORNER TOLD HIM TO START GOING TO THE BODY WAS BRILLIANT. AND INCREDIBLE FIGHT. AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE IS FOR CORMIER. I TOLD HIM DON’T THINK ABOUT WHETHER YOU WANT TO FIGHT OR DON’T WANT TO FIGHT, ANY OF THAT STUFF. SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY AND WE’LL TALK ABOUT ALL THAT LATER.>>I KNOW YOU SAID IT WOULD KILL YOU TO SEE HIM LEAVE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE WAY THIS FIGHT WENT, WHAT ELSE IS THERE FOR HIM TO DO?>>I AGREE. I STILL THINK HE’S ONE OF THE ABSOLUTE BES IN THE WORLD. LOOK AT TONIGHT. ONE OF THE BEST HEAVYWEIGHTS VR. BUT I DON’T DISAGREE.>>HE WINS A FIGHT AGAINST A VERY GOOD EX-CHAMPION.>>AN UNBELIEVABLE EX-CHAMPION WHO HAS LOOKED RIDICULOUS IN HIS LAST COUPLE OF FIGHTS AND YOU HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THE LAYOFF. YOU HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THAT THIS CAN KID HASN’T FOUGHT IN THREE YEARS. AND LOOKED ROUGH IN THE FIRST ROUND AND CAN COMPLETELY CHANGED HIS GAME PLAN AND STARTED TO FIGHT HIS FIGHT AND THEN ONCE HE GOT THERE, HE BASICALLY DID WHAT HE WANTED AGAINST ONE OF THE TOP TEN GUYS IN THE WORLD AFTER A TH THREE-YEAR ALL OF.>>WHEN YOU THINK OFFINATE’S TWO FIGHTS AGAINST CONOR WERE AMONG THE BIGGEST PAY-PER-VIEW EVER, DO YOU THING WE HAVE ANOTHER ROUSY/McGREGORER LEVEL STAR WITH BENITEZ.>>HARD TO DENY. HE’S A NEEDLE MOVER NOW.>>WHAT DO YOU THINK PEOPLE SEE IN HIM?>>I DID THE FIGHTER MEETING AND I SPECIFICALLY TOLD HIM NOT TO SWEAR ON ESPN. HE LOOKED RIGHT AT ME AND SAID MOTHER [ BLEEP] WHEN HE WAS DOING HIS INTERVIEW ON ESPN. I READ A HEADLINE FROM WUP OF THE BIG PAPERS AND SAID “UFC NEEDS AN ANTIHERO AND HERE HE IS, NATE DIAZ. “IT’S TRUE. SAID IT LEADING UP TO THE FIGHT. HE’ HE’S THE GUY THAT SAYS FUB YOU TO THE MAN AND HE JUST HAS THIS THING THAT PEOPLE LIKE. DO YOU LIKE THE FIGHT THAT HE MENTIONED IN NUMBER? I SAW HE WITH WENT TO COLBY. DID YOU WARN COLBY NOT TO GET THE TO IT WITH NATE.>>SOCIAL SECURITY KEPT COMING OVER 50 TIMES AND I SAID EVERYBODY NEEDS TO START ACTING LIKE PROFESSIONALS. EVERY SEED IN THIS PLACE IS SOLD OUT. SO THAT WHOLE SECTION NEEDS TO STOP STARTING FIGHTS WITH HIM AND YOU KNOW RIGHT WHEN I GOT THERE MAZMADOL WAS BACK IN HIS SEAT. I ASKED THOSE GUYS, LISTEN TO ME. WE GOT BIG NIGHT, A BIG FIGHT. I DON’T NEED A FIGHT BREAKING OUT WITH YOU KNUCKLE HEADS. STOP IT.>>AND CAN YOU COMMENT ON PAULO KOSTA. I THOUGHT THAT WAS ONE OF THE BEST FIGHTS OF THE YEAR AND HIS PERFORMANCE WAS SPECTACULAR.>>THERE’S NO WAY THAT’S NOT FIGHT OF THE NIGHT IF YOU LOOK THAT WAY COSTA FIGHTS AND ROMERO FIGHTS, IT’S IMPOSSIBLE FOR THAT NOT TO BE GOOD AND IT WAS EVERYTHING I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE. THEY’RE BOTH BEASTS, MAN. WHAT A PERFORMANCE BY BOTH GUYS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY BOTH GOT CLIPPED AND BOTH GUYS WERE HURT OUT THE GATE IN THE FIRST ROUND AND TO KEEP GOING AND GOING THREE ROUNDS IN AN ABSOLUTE WAR LUKE THAT IS IMPRSZIVE. DID HE JUST LEAVE? NO, HE DIDN’T. I JUST TALKED TO HIM, COSTA IN THE HALLWAY. HE’S IN A WHEELCHAIR. THAT’S HOW AWESOME THAT FIGHT WAS.>>DANA, SEEMS LIKE THEY’RE UNHAPPY WITH THE RESULT OF THAT COSTA — >>WITH WHAT?>>THEY WERE BOOING COSTA AT THE END.>>OH, REALLY? I WAS DEALING WITH MY CAN KINDERGARTEN SECTION SO I DIDN’T HEAR A WHAT WAS GOING ON. I HAD HIM SCORED TWO TO ONE. I GCOSTA THE FIRST TWO. AND SOME HAD ROMERO WINNING TWO AND COSTA WINNING ONE. I THINK THAT’S ONE OF THE FIGHTS THAT EITHER WAY IT WENT, I DON’T THINK YOU’D BE LIKE THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE ROBBERY. THAT FIGHT WAS RIDICULOUS. AND I THOUGHT IN THE THIRD ROUND ROMERO COULD HAVE FINISHED THAT FIGHT AND HE’D GEBED GO BACK TO MIDDLE OF THE OCTAGON WHICH I THOUGHT WAS WEIRD.>>AND LAST ONE FOR ME SEEMS LIKE YOU DON’T MAKE PLANS, YOU DON’T KNOW THE FUTURE OF NATE DIAZ. I DON’T WANT TO GO ON THAT BINGE RIGHT NOW. BUT ARE YOU A LITTLE WORRIED ABOUT DIAZ? I DON’T CAN KNOW. SOMETHING GOOD HAPPEN. MAYBE A LITTLE BIT OF THC BUT COULD HAPPEN.>>MAYBE WHAT? I’M HALF DEAF.>>MAYBE IN THE FUTURE TOO MUCH.>>OH, CBD. HOPEFULLY IT WAS CBD, YEAH. I DON’T KNOW WHAT WAS IN THERE BUT WE’RE GOING TO FIND OUT REAL SOON.>>OKAY. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. AND THEN YOU ASKED ME. I DIDN’T ASK THE QUESTION ABOUT DIAZ VERSES MAZMADOL. WE’LL SEE HOW THAT STUFF PLAYS OUT.>>DO YOU TING TONIGHT’S PERFORMANCE CAN COMING BACK, REGAINING THE TITLE, DOES THIS SOLIDIFY HIM AS THE BEST HEAVYWEIGHT EVER?>>I GUESS SO.>>IF DANIEL DOES RETIRE, DO YOU SEE FRANCES AS THE TOP GUY?>>RIGHT NOW WE’LL HAVE TO SEE HOW THIS THING PLAYS OUT. WHAT DANIEL CORMIER WANTS TO DO. DOES HE WANT THE TRILOGY FIGHT DOES STEVE WANT TO GIVE HIM THE THE TRILOGY? WE DPGOT TO TAKE TIME. TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THAT DIVISION IS IMPOSSIBLE. YOU DON’T CAN KNOW WHAT STIPE WANTS.>>DOES THIS CAN KILL THE POTENTIAL OF ANY JOHN JONES FIGHT?>>I HAVE NO IDEA.>>AND YOU MENTIONED COLBY. HAVEN’T HEARD ANYTHING LIKE THAT. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT WHEN THERE’S A BIG FIGHT AND EVERYONE STARTS CHANTING “COLBY SUCKS.”>>SOMETHING TO DO WITH HIM AND EVERYTHING THIS KID DID IN THE LAST FIGHT TRENDED OFF THE CHARTS. SO YEAH, HE’S PRETTY UNPOPULAR, YET POPULAR.>>DO YOU KNOW HOW CUMAURO IS DOING? USMAN AND COLBY?>>I’M SURE IT WILL BE BY THE OPENED OF THE YEAR.>>AND HENRY TOLD ME YESTERDAY HIS NEXT FIGHT WOULD BE ANNOUNCED TONIGHT AND DOESN’T SEEM LIKE IT HAPPENED. WAS HE JUST — >>HE’S SAYING A LOT OF CRAZY SHIT LATELY. PUT THAT ON THE LIST.>>WE DID SEE HIM NEXT TO FAVOR ON THE BROADCAST AND THEY WERE SITTING NEXT TOOT EACH OTHER. IS SOMETHING HAPPENING?>>NO.>>DANA, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE. FROM THE SELLOUT TO THE DIGITAL TRENDS, THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE EXPECTING THIS TO BE THE BIGGEST CARD OF THE ESPN PLUS ERA. WHAT HAVE YOU HEARD?>>I WAS SITTING NEXT TO THE PRESIDENT OF ESPN ALL NIGHT. TONIGHT WAS A BIG NIGHT FOR THOM AND THIS WEEK. NOT JUST THIS NIGHT. THE NUMBERS THEY WERE PULLING AND REALLY BIG WEEK, NOT JUST NIGHT. EVERYBODY’S HAPPY TONIGHT.>>THERE WAS A NEWS ANNOUNCED RECENTLY THAT MMA IS GO BEING LEGALIZED IN FRANCE IN JANUARY. IS SOME IDEA YOU WANT TO HAVE A B BIG MMA EVENT THERE?>>WE’VE BEEN WITH WORKING ON THE PLACE FOR A LONG TIME AND WE FINALLY GOT IT DONE. WE THOUGHT IT WAS A TRAIN OR SOMETHING. WE FINALLY GOT IT DONE. WHO KNOWS IF WE’LL BE THE FIRST ONES TLIN BUT WE’LL GO.>>DANA, SO WHILE COSTA IS PRETTY BANGED UP AFTER THAT FIGHT AND SAID HE HAS LINGERING INJURIES AND WOULD RULE HIMSELF OUT AS A BACK UP?>>NOT ONLY HOW BANGED UP HE IS, I DON’T KNOW THAT HE COULD MAKE THE FIGHT THAT FAST.>>DID YOU HAVE ANYBODY IN MIND AS A POTENTIAL SUBSTITUTE FIGHTER IN CASE THE WORST HAPPENS WITH ROBERT WHITAKER?>>THIS IS REALLY NEGATIVE. I DON’T EVEN WANT TO TALK BOUT THIS. I DON’T EVEN WANT TO THINK ABOUT THIS. YES, WE HAVE ALL THESE THINGS IN PLACE BUT WOE WON’T NEED THEM.>>NAMES YOU WANT TO DROP?>>NO, I DON’T EVEN WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT. YOU’RE MEAN, MEAN GUY.>>SO WE DID HEAR RUMBLINGS ABOUT TILL VERSES GASLINE?>>YEAH, NO. ARE WE TALKING BOUT THAT? NO, I DIDN’T THINK SO.>>NOT TO PUSH TOO MUCH ON THE IDEA OF BACK UPS BUT YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE THE BIG EVENT IN ABU DHABI. YOU HAD TONY FERGUSON — >>NO BACK UPS. WE’RE NOT TALKING BOUT BACK UPS TONIGHT. NO BACK UPS. WE WON’T NEED A BACK UP.>>RIGHT. THE BIG PAY-PER-VIEW COMING UP. ANY IDEA WHEN WE MIGHT HEAR ABOUT A MAIN EVENT FOR THAT CARD?>>WE’LL HAVE THAT. WE’LLVER THAT IN PLACE IN THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS. THANK YOU.>>RIGHT. DOWN TO YOUR RIGHT. SO NOW THAT HE’S BACK AFTER THREE YEARS AND LOOKED GREAT, HOW DO WE GET HIM BACK SOON?>>WHO KNOWS. HE CALLED OUT MAZ MUDOLL TONIGHT SO THAT’S A POSITIVE THING. WHO KNOWS. I DON’T THINK ABOUT THAT. I GO ON TO WHAT’S NEXT. GOING TO CHINA AND STRAIGHT FROM THERE TO ABU DHABI AND ALL THESE OTHER CARDS WE GOT TO GET TOORG. THAT WILL EITHER PLAY OUT AND HAPPEN OR NOT.>>SPEAKING OF CHINA, THERE’S THAT CONFLICT WITH CHINA AND HONG KONG AND SHEN ZEN IS VERY MUCH AT THE CENTER OF THAT. ANY CONCERNS?>>YEAH IT’S DEFINITELY MESSING WITH THE EVENT. AND DEFINITELY MAKING IT EVEN MORE CHALLENGING. BUT I’M — ME PERSONALLY I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THAT FIGHT. IF THEY CAN WIN AND BECOME A WORLD CHAMPION, IT’S A HUGE DEAL FOR CHINA. WE ALL KNOW HOW BRAZIL IS. THEY LOVE CHAMPIONS AND HAVING WORLD TITLES. SO IF SHE CAN WIN AND KEEP HER BELT, IT’S BIG. I’VE ALREADY STARTED MISSING WITH MY FLIGHTS AND CONNECTIONS TO GET IN THERE ALREADY. ESPECIALLY AFTER WHAT HAPPENED THE OTHER DAY IN HONG KONG.>>THE CARD IS STILL ON OF COURSE.>>YEAH, WE’RE DOING THE CARD NO MATTER WHAT.>>BUT THERE’S — >>EVEN IF IT’S JUST ME WATCHING THE FIGHT.>>BUT THERE ARE LOGISTICAL ISSUES TRAVEL WISE, FLYING IN AND STUFF?>>SAY THAT AGAIN? NO, THERE HAVEN’T BEEN BUT I’M MAKING SURE THAT I GET THERE NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS. IF SOMETHING HAPPENS LIKE WHAT HAPPENED AT THE HONG KONG AIRPORT HAPPENS, AGAIN I’M FIGURING OUT A WAY IT GET THERE NO MATTER WHAT. I’LL BE THERE NO MATTER WHAT.>>AND A BANTAMWEIGHT GOT MUCH MOVED UP TO A CATCH WALGT AT 240. . >>I THINK HE TOOK THAT FIGHT ON SHORT MOTES, LIKE FIVE DAYS NOTICE. I THINK SO. I DON’T KNOW. I COULDN’T HONESTLY TELL YOU THE ANSWER AT ALL.>>HAVE YOU SPOKEN TO CONOR McGREGOR?>>I WAS JUST SAYING TO BRETT I HAVEN’T LOOKED AT MY PHONE YET AND HE SAID WELL, IF YOU HAD TO BET WHETHER THERE’S TEXTS FROM CONOR ON YOUR PHONE, WHAT WOULD YOU SNING AND I SAID I BET THERE IS.>>IS CONOR — >>I HAVE NO IDEA. I HAVEN’T LOOKED AT MY PHONE SO I DON’T KNOW IF HE TEXT ME OR DIDN’T. ER >>THANKS.>>GOING BACK TO KOS CANNAU. COSTA ASKING FOR A TITLE SHOT. DO YOU THINK HE DESERVE AS TITLE SHOT? I IT’S HIS NEXT STEP?>>USUALLY I SAY MAN, WHEN YOU BEAT RDA, IT’S A BIG DEAL. HE’S BEAT SOME OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD. WITH WHEN YOU BEAT ROMERO, ESPECIALLY THE WAY HE BEAT HIM TONIGHT IN A FIGHT LIKE TONIGHT, I WOULDN’T SAY HE DOESN’T DESERVE A TITLE SHOT.>>CONGRATS ON THE BIG NIGHT.>>THANK YOU.>>SO HORROR HAY WAS BACK HERE AND TOLD US THERE WERE DELICIOUS OFFERS ON THE TANL. KNOWING HE’S NOT GETTING THE TITLE SHOT AND CONOR’S UNCERTAINTY AND NATE’S CALLOUT IS THIS SOMETHING WE DISCUSSED BEFORE THAT HE COULD FIGHT THAT WINNER?>>NO, THAT WAS NEVER DISCUSSED. IF TONIGHT YOU ASKED ME BEFORE THE FIGHT DO YOU THINK HE’LL CALL OUT MAZMADOL, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE LAST GUY ON EARTH I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT HE’D CALL OUT. BUT HE DID AND IT’S FUN. I DON’T THINK ANYBODY WOULD DISAGREE THEYED WITHANT WANT TO SEE THAT FIGHT. I KNOW MAZMAD A, L BELIEVES HE SHOULD GET THE NEXT SHOT. SO WEELT RR SEE. IF HE WANTED TO TAKE THAT FIGHT, THAT WOULD BE FUN AND I WOULDN’T BE OPPOSED TO IT. THAT’S IT? GO AHEAD. WHAT’S UP, KAREN? GIVE HER A MIC, SOMEBODY.>>THERE WAS A RUMOR GOING ROUND THAT NATE HADN’T SIGNED THE CONTRACT UNTIL KIND OF 11th HOUR. IS THAT TRUE? THE FIGHT CONTRACT?>>NO. NATE NATE’S BEEN SIGNED. WE HAVEN’T HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH NATE OTHER THAN SMOKING AND MOTHER- [ BLEEP] ON ESPN AND NOT SHOWING UP TO MEDIA DAY THAT DAY, NATE’S BEEN GOOD.>>NO, I’M GLAD TO HEAR THAT BECAUSE THAT RUMOR.>>LIKE I SAID WHETHER IT’S HIM OR HIS BROTHER, THEY MAKEUP THEIR MINDS THEY WANT TO FIGHT. THEY’RE IN. THEY SHOW UP AND THEY FIGHT. THERE ARE LITTLE HICK UPS AND THINGS THAT HAPPEN ALONG THE WAY BUT WE ROLL WITH IT AND I PICK AND CHOOSE MY BATTLES WITH THESE GUYS. ANY TIME I DEAL WITH EITHER OF THE DIAZ BROTHERS, THEY’RE NICE.>>HOW MUCH DO YOU DEAL WITH NICK NOW? BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE WRITTEN HIM OFF UNFORTUNATELY >>NICK? YEAH. THEY’RE NOT BAD GUYS. THEY’RE GOOD GUYS.>>LAST QUESTION FROM ME ANYWAY. I WAS TALKING ABOUT AFRICA. OBVIOUSLY WE KNOW WE HAVE AFRICAN CHAMPIONS SHIN UFC. IS THERE ANY IDEA WE COULD HAVE A UFC AFRICA?>>YEAH. AND ACTUALLY WHAT’S CRAZY AND MOST PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW THIS IS THE SPORT AS BEEN BIG IN AFRICA FOR A WHILE. THAT’S WHY THESE GUYS ARE POPPING UP BECAUSE WE HAD A TELEVISION DEAL IN AFRICA FOR A WHILE AND THEN THEY HAVE ANOTHER ORGANIZATION OVER THERE, KS — >>EFC.>>THAT’S PRETTY POPULAR AND DOES WITH WELL. BETWEEN THOSE TWO THINGS THAT HELPED BUILD A MARKET THERE AND IT’S REAL. SO THE ANSWER IS YES. THE LONG-WINDEDANCER TO YOUR QUESTION IS YES. I’M JUST SAYING THERE IS A MARKET THERE. IT IS REAL AND YES, WE CAN AND PROBABLY WILL DO A FIGHT THERE. YEAH. COOL? THANK YOU GUYS. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT AND HAVE A SAFE TRIP HOME.>>>WHAT’S UP, GUYS.>>THANKS FOR COMING TO TALK TO US. APPRECIATE IT. IN CONTRAST TO THE FIRST ONE. SEEMS LIKE THINGS WITH WERE GOING GOOD UNTIL THEY WEREN’T. IS THAT HOW YOU FELT ABOUT IT MORE OR LESS?>>I THINK SO. I MEAN FELT LIKE I WAS DOING PRETTY GOOD. YEAH. FELT LIKE I WAS DOING PRETTY GOOD BUT THEN HE LANDED THAT SHOT IN THE FOURTH ROUND, LANNED SOME GOOD BUDY PUNCHES. LANDED THAT RIGHT HAND I DIDN’T SEE. AND HE GOT THE FINISH. DID A GREAT JOB.>>WERE YOU TIRING AT THAT POINT AND THAT’S WHY THE BODY WORKED SO WELL IN THE FOURTH?>>I KIND OF TOOK THE PRESSURE OFF A LITTLE BIT. I DON’T KNOW WHY. MAYBE TRY TO REST AND RECOVER FOR THE FIFTH ROUND BECAUSE HE WASN’T GOING ANYWHERE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE REASONING WAS BEHIND IT BUT OBVIOUSLY IT WAS A MISTAKE.>>AND I KNOW IT HASN’T BEEN TOO LONG BUT HAVE YOU HAD MORE TIME OO THINK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE?>>YOU KNOW A LOT OF TIMES YOU BASE DECISIONS AND WE BASE DECISIONS ON EMOTIONS. I DON’T WANT BE TO THAT GUY. I’M GOING TO TALK TO SELENA AND MY COACHES AND WE’LL FIGURE OUT WHAT’S NEXT.>>I WANT TO ASK YOU TACTICALLY, YOU WERE GOISH — ESPECIALLY IN THE SECONDS HALF, WERE YOU THAT CONFIDENT YOU WERE ABLE TO WALK IN AND LAND THOSE SHOTS?>>THE PROBLEM IS I WAS GOING AND HE WAS HITTING ME BUT THEY DIDN’T FEEL LIKE — AND IT’S NOT ABOUT THE SHOTS THAT YOU TAKE. IT’S THE ONE THAT YOU JUST DON’T SEE COMING. AND THAT’S A GREAT COMBINATION BY STIPE OFFER THE BODY SHOT. I DIDN’T SEE IT. LOT OF TIMES I SEE PUNCHES AND KIND OF ROLL WITH THEM SO I DON’T TAKE THE FULL BRUNT OF THE PUNCH.>>THIS IS A DIFFICULT THING TO ASK YOU IN THE AFTERMATH OF A DIFFICULT LOSS. BUT WHEN YOU GET STOPPED, I’M SURE YOU HAD NO THOUGHT YOU WERE GO TAG BE STOPPED. DOES THAT COMPARE TO THE KICK BY JONES BOSS THERE’S NOT AN MOSSTY.>>I’M A COMPETITIVE GUY. JUST LOSING ANY TYPE OF FIGHT IS TERRIBLE. BUT BEING FINISHED, TO ME, IS INSANE. SO I DON’T KNOW. I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT THEM IN COMPARISON TO EACH OTHER. BUT THAT’S TWICE I’VE BEEN STOPPED. IT’S NOT GOOD. I’M SMART ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND THAT.>>LASTLY 11 1/2 SPOUNDS. DID YOU NOTICE HE WAS ANY FASTER THAN LAST TIME?>>I DIDN’T BUT I THINK IN SOME INSTANCES HE MAY PEA FEARED MORE AND TONIGHT HE MAY NOT HAVE TIRED AS MUCH AS HE DID WHEN HE WAS BIGGER. BUT HE DIDN’T FEEL FASTER. I STILL FELT LIKE I COULD SEE WHAT HE WAS THROWING. BUT I THOUGHT HE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT. THREE EAND A HALF/ALMOST FOUR ROUNDS. I REALLY KNOW. I HAVEN’T WATCHED A FIGHT SO I DON’T KNOW HOW I WAS DOING IN THE FIGHT. EVERYTHING’S GOING SO FAST. SO I DON’T KNOW HOW I WAS DOING IN REGARDS TO WINNING AND LOSING. BUT OBVIOUSLY HE FINISHED THE FIGHT SO IT DOESN’T AINATEER.>>YOU HAD SUCCESS IN THE FIG ROUBD WITH ROSSAL WAS THAT PART OF THE STRATEGY?>>THAT WAS TATS TLR BIGGEST STRATEGY IS HOW IF AND THAT’S PROBABLY THE MOST DISAPPOINTING THING IS I DID NTD DO WHAT WITH I WAS TRAINED TO DO. AND I FEEL LIKE I LET MY COACHES DOWN.>>WAS THERE ANY REASON WHY YOU DIDN’T GO BACK?>>I THINK YOU START FIGHTING SUCCESS AND LAND THINGS. IT FELT LIKE THE GUSTFFSON FIGHT ALL OVER AGAIN. AND FOR THE LAST FOUR ROURNGSDS YOU’RE NOT FOR WINING. TO MY COACHES, PRETTY GOOD ABOUT THAP THAT. THE MOST WITH A LOSS IN UFC HISTORY. ACTUALLY TIDE WITH HIM. NRTSER I JUST KNOW I WAS HITTING HIM AND I COULD SEE HIM GETTING MARKED UP.>>AND YOU HIT HIM WITH THAT ONE SHOT AND HE WEPT DOWN RK ME WAS DONE. WERE YOU TRIESED HE WAS ABLE TO TAKES A MUCH FUNNISHMENT AS HE DID E?>>THAT PUNCH I LAND FRIER. I ANTICIPATED A LONG FIGHT.>>AND KEVIN ASKED YOU ABOUT STIPE BUT YOU WERE SIGNIFICANTLY LIGHTER IN THIS FIGHT THAN YOU WERE AGAINST HERMOSA. SGLB FIGURED HE WASN’T GOING GAR. I UNDERSTAND THE MOTIVATION AND REMATCH AND NSDS HE’S GOING TO BE THERE FOR THE LONG HALL. WHICH HE WAS.>>JUST A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS.>>RIGHT. DANIEL, YOUR FIRST FIGHT WAS FIFTY-FOUR A HALF MIN. THE SECONDS WAS 19.>>I JUST THINK THAT — HE’S ALWAYS BEEN GOOD, YOU KNOW. HE’S ALWAYS BEEN VERY GOOD. SO I GUESS TONIGHT’S FIGHT WAS THE FIGHT I EXPECTED TO SEE. THAT WAS THE FIGHT I EXPECT THTD TIME. SDPLR AND YOU DON’T SEE TEAM YOU RUR WIB AIBING WITH AND. >>IT’S HARD TO BE PLEASED. HIN A LOSS. I FELT LIKE I WAS WINNING THE FIGHT. AND I GUESS I — EVEN IF I WAS WINNING, I WAS IN WITHING UNTIL I WASN’T. DOESN’T MATTER. ULTIMATELY THE END RESULT IS WHAT MATTERS. HEY, GUYS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. APPRECIATE YOU.>>>CAN CONGRATS ON THE WIN. I’M DOWN TO YOUR RIGHT.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ER. >>SO FIRST TIME BACK UNTHREE YEARS. WAS IT DIFFERENT? WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND?>>WHERE I LEFT OFF AND DIDN’T PAY MUCH ATTENTION EXCEPT GET THE JOB DONE.>>WAS THE GAME PLAN ALWAYS TO GET HIM IN THE CLINCH?>>NO, I PLANNED ON KICKING HIM IN HIS FACE. BUT IT JUST KIND OF WENT HOW IT WITH WENT. OTHER THAN IRK WITHING IN THE CLENCH. STUFF THAT JUST WAS LIKE — I MEAN THEY’RE GOING TO DO ALL THIS STUFF. I WAS CHILLING AND WORKING ON. A FULL-ON FIGHT AND ADD THAT TO IT.>>IN THE THIRD ROUND HE FELL. DID YOU THINK FIGHT WAS OVER AT THAT POINT?>>I THOUGHT IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR SURE. BUT I UM — I JUST WENT IN AND WARMED UP IN THE BACK REALLY GOOD. AND I WAS GOING HARD AND THEN I KEPT WARM WITH WHEN I WENT OUT AND I STARTED FIGHTING BECAUSE I KNEW THREE, FIVE-MINUTE ROUND FOILGTS MY LAST COUPLE WERE FIVE ROUNDS. SO I WANT TOOTD GO IN THERE. SO I WENT IN THERE AND I WAS ALREADY RETIRED. SO I DIDN’T HAVE THE FULL GS RRER TO TAKE HIM OUT. I FELT LIKE THAT WAS THE WAY I HAD TO APPROACH THE THREE-ROUND FIGHT.>>DANA WAS IN HERE BEFORE AND SAID THE LAST THING HE YOU WOULD SAY IS CALLING OUT JORGE.>>YOU HAVE TO RECOGNIZE WHO IS THE BEST OF THE BEST AND IT’S NOT WHO THEY’RE SAYING IT IS. IT’S WHO I AM SAYING IT IS. GUYS WHOSE HAVE BEEN IN HERE FOREVER AND NOW ON — STILL ON THE TOP OF THE GAME. AND NOT JUST THOMPSON. HE KNOCKS HIS AS OUT REAL QUICK. WHO IS THE BADDEST IN THE 170 DIVISION. AND MAZMADAL KNOCKS HIM OUT. I STARTED FIGHTING IN 2004 I THINK I THINK. AND HE WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE OR A LITTLE LONGER. AND HE JUST DID THAT AND I JUST DID THAT. SO THAT’S THE BEST TO ME. BEST MARSHAL ARTIST ON TOP OF HIS GAME. A COUPLE OF GUYS WHO COME IN AND FIGHT FOR A TITLE OR PEEK IN AND HAVE THREE GOOD FOIGTSZ AND THEY HAVE ANOTHER LOSS, MAYBE ANOTHER WIN AND ANOTHER LOSS AND THEY’RE GONE WITH THE WIND. AND THAT’S NOT THE BEST FIGHTERS TO ME. I’VE BEEN HERE 40 YEARS FIGHTING, STILL KILLING. REMEMBER LIKE JAKE ELLENBERINGER WAS PEEKING FOR A MINUTE AND HE GOT WORKED OVER AND HAD A COUPLE OF FIGHTS AND WAS GONE. RICK STORY AND — I CAN’T EVEN THINK. THERE’S A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE. GRANT MANNER WITH WAS ONE OF THE BEST GUYS. EVERYBODY IS HERE AND GONE. I’M LIKE WHAT’S UP? I’M STILL HERE. THOSE ARE THE BEST FIGHTERS IN THE WORLD TO ME.>>SEEMS LIKE MAS MEDOLL IS INTERESTED. ER >>A IF EVERYTHING WORKS OUT THE WAY IT’S SUPPOSE TO I WILL FIGHT NEXT MONTH. IF NO ONE WANTS TO GET IT DONE AND TREAT IT LIKE IT SHOULD BE TREATED, I ABT EVEN IN NO RUSH. IT’S NOT ME WHO’S GOING TO BE DOING THE SIT OUT. OR PEOPLE NOT JUMPING ON AND TRYING TO GET IT DONE. BECAUSE I NEVER STOP TRAINING CAMP. NO ONE WAS SHOWING ANY ACKNOWLEDGMENT FOR BEING THE BEST FIGHTER IN THE WORLD. WHY — WHAT? HE JUST BEAT THE BEST GUY AND HE’S BEEN AROUND DO THIS THE WHOLE TIME. NOT LIKE SOME WRESTLERS WHOSE ARE GOING TO HOLD YOU AND HOPEFULLY WAIT AND FIND A LOOPHOLE AND WE’RE FIGHTING FOR THE BOODEST MOTHER IN THE GAME BELT AND THAT’S MINE. SO I’D LIKE THE DEFEND IT AGAINST JORGE.>>TONIGHT WAS THE HIGHEST GATE IN CALIFORNIA, ESPECIALLY FOR THE OC. DANA WHITE CAME IN HERE EARLIER AND HE SAID I GUESS NAITD DIAZ IS A NEEDLE MOVER. AND REFERENCED THAT CALL IN A FEW YEARS AGO. DO YOU FEEL YOU’RE FINALLY GAINING THAT APPRECIATION YOU SPOKE OF FOR SO LONG?>>YEAH. IT’S NOT GOING TO BE A GOOD — IT’S NOT IT A GOOD BUSINESS MOVE TO TELL ME I’M THE SHIT. BECAUSE THEN I’M GOING TO BE LIKE GIVE ME THE SHIT MONEY. GIVE ME SOME I’M THE SHIT MONEY, YOU FEEL ME? AND HE HAD TO DO WHAT HE EHAD TO DO. I’M NOT MAD AT HIM EITHER FOR THAT. BUT IT’S COOL HE IS ACKNOWLEDGING THE FACT THAT.>>HE SAID HE FEELS YOU’RE AT CONOR McGREGORER LEVEL STATUS?>>YEAH, FOR SURE. YOU LIKE THAT? YEAH, FOR SURE.>>CONGRATS, NATE. I THINK YOU SAID IN THE CAGE A LOT OF THESE GUYS SUCK AND THAT’S WHY YOU WEREN’T AROUND. WOULDN’T IT HAVE MADE SENSE TO GET EASY WINS AND MAKE EASY MONEY AND BUILD UP YOUR BANK ACCOUNT INSTEAD OF SITTING OUT?>>LOOK FROM THE OUTSIDE PERSPECTIVE IF YOU’RE WATCHING OR WANT TO BE A FIGHTER. I’M LOOKING FOR A BAD FIGHT. SOMEBODY WHO WILL WHOOP SOMEONE’S — AND BE LIKE HEY,IUM TLR HEAD AS WOOPER. AND THEY WOULD PROMOTE HIM LIKE HE’S THE TOP DOG. THERE WAS NOTHING PERSONAL BECAUSE ALL RESPECT FOR ANYONE BHOOZ RR GOING TO GET THERE. BUT IF YOU’RE IF GOING TO JUST NOT LIKE ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT THAT I’M HERE AND BEEN HERE. WHEN DID PETTIS START FIGHTING AND CONOR SNR I WAS IN THE UFC WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. YOU BETTER RECOGNIZE. AND SO I’M DISRESPECTED. A THAT’S THE SHIT I WANT TO SEE IF I’M WATCHING THE GAME. I WALL WAYS SAY IT LIKE THIS. WHEN YOU GET A VIDEO GAME LIKE STREETD FIGHTER, WHO ARE YOU GOING TO PICK? WHO? I WANT TO PICK THE BADDEST MOTHER RIGHT THERE WHO DOES THE COOLEST SHIT. I BELIEVE THAT I’M THE COOLEST AND ALL SORRY WHO SOOT SAT AROUND FOR THREE YEARS AND NOBODY SAID NOTHING. LIKE WHAT? I WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE THAT’S THE BEST, BADDEST DUDE. HE GOT THE FIGHT AND WHIPPED HIM AND THEN HE ROBBED HIM AND WHY DIDN’T SOMEBODY TELL ME IF HE’S OUT FOR THREE YEARS, GET YOURSELF TO THE BACK OF THE GAME. AND FIGHT THAT GUY BECAUSE I CAN’T BE THAT THE COFFEE SHOP AND HAVE SOMEONE SAID HE’S GOING TO WHIP YOUR ATSDS. NO, HE’S NOT. SO THALGTS THE WAY I BE QUIET NEVER PLAY STREET FIGHTER OR WATCH A COOL MOVIE BEFORE. YOU’RE GOING TO DO ALL THIS POLITICALLY CORRECT STUFF. THIS IS THE FIGHT GAME. QUIT ACTING LIKE THIS IS A PROFESSIONAL SPORT. NOERING I’M GOING TO TAKE WHAT’S MINE AND THAT’S RR WHAT I’M TALKING BOUT WITH THE BADDEST MOTHER TITLE AND I NEED THAT BELT MADE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. YOU’RE COCKY, NATE.>>TWO LAST QUESTIONS. YOU BEAT CONOR, OBVIOUSLY AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS PALMIALATOR. DO YOU THING THIS WIN EXCEEDS THAT BECAUSE YOU HADN’T FOUGHT IN FLEA YEARS AND TWO, COAL BE COVINGTON WAS THERE AND THE CROWD WAS GIVING HIM AER HEART HARD TIME. WOULD YOU CONSIDER FIGHTING HIM AT SOME POINT TOO.>>WHO?>>CAN COVINGTON.>>WAIT?>>WELTERWEIGHT.>>WE HAVE SOMEBODY. >>TO FIGHT, I’M GOING TO FIGHT. FRORS >>CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WIN DOWN FRONT. SO A LOT IS CHANGING IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE SINCE WE LAST SAW YOU FIGHT. AND HAS BEING A FATHER PROACH CHANGED THE WAY YOU APPROACH THE GAME TOERRITORY. ♪>>OH, NATE, YOU’RE AMAZING. LISTEN YORKS YOU HAVE BEEN OUT SUCH A LONG TIME. OBVIOUSLY THAT THIRD FIGHT WITH CONOR IS SOMETHING PEOPLE WANT TO SEE. CONOR, THIRD FIGHT, DECEMBER?>>IF THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WORKS INTO THE SCHEDULE, I’M GOING TO NIGHT BAGGEST DUDE, THE BIGS, PADDEST SHOWS I’M GOING TO DO. SO IT’S UP TO EVERY BEY INVOLVED. IF THEY WANT IT, THEY’RE GOING TO CALL ME AND TELL ME >>IS IT BECAUSE THEY WANT TO FIGHT SOMEBODY IN THE RANKINGS AND YOU’RE SUCH A BIG RISK TO FIGHT YOU.>>EVERYBODY’S SCARED OR SOMETHING. BUT LIKE I SAID CAN I DON’T WANT TO BE ALL FULL OF MYSELF AND COCKY BUT I GOT WAY TOO MUCH MONEY TO HAVE TO FIGHT SOMEONE NOT INTERESTING. I’M AN TURN TO. I’VE GOT ALL KINDS OF STUFF GOING OP. AND IT’S BEEN GOOD. NO MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY I MAKE AND HOW MUCH I DO, IT’S NOT — AFTER A WHILE YOU JUST SAY I HAVE TO DO WHAT I RR BEEN DOING BECAUSE THIS IS NOT GOING TO — I LIKE THE HEALTHY LIVING LIFESTYLE. TRENDING FOR SOMEONE. AND THE FEELING OF GETTING A JOB DONE THAT LED TO ALL THIS OTHER STUFF. THAT’S WHAT I’M INTO.>>SO OBVIOUSLY YOUR BROTHERER NICK DOES THIS TOO OR USES TOOTD. WHAT DO YOU THING ABOUT THE FACT YOU’VE KIND OF ECLIPS HIM NOW. YOU MAY LAST THE LONGEST.>>I’M JUST HERE KEEPING. I’M REPRESENTING FOR HIM. THAT’S MY MAIN GENG FAU WAS MAKING SURE NICK AND SEASON PROUD AND HAPPY EVEN THOUGH THEY PROBABLY GOT LOT OF CRITICISM TO MAKE >>SHE’S TLR BEST FIGHTER IN THE WORLD.>>AND I THINK THE SAME WITH HOIM. EVERYBODY, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? SIT THERE? IT’S LIKE I ABT NO BULLY. I DON’T WANT TO JUST GO BEAT SOMEBODY UP. THAT’S NOT FUN TO PEA THAT’S NOT FUN TO HIM. IT’S NOT VERY MOTIVATING TO SIGN UP FOR FIGHTS.>>THERE’S THE PUSABILITY YOUR PRUGTER COULD STILL FIGHT?>>SOMEBODY — I MEAN — LIKE THERE’S NOTHING VERY INTERESTING TO HIM RIGHT NOW. IF HE EVER CAME BACK TO THE TABLE, I’M SURE THAT WOULD BE EGOOD AND FOR BOTH OF NEM, THEY’RE BOTH SILTS WITH NOBODY TO FIGHT AND NOBODY’S RICK UGINNING THAT. THEY HAVE A RLITTLE BIT BUT THE SAY THAT’S IN THE PAST AND REQUIRES NOT IT’S WITH 175 >>THE WHOLE OTHER PUT IT. >>BRING HIM OUT HERE THENL. THANK YOU.>>I GOT TO GO MEET HIM AT THE THANG.>>IT’S CLEAR YOU HAVE A BIZ SAVVY. BUT YOU’RE ALSO EPLUGGING YOUR KUCHANY. >>I HAVE NEED TO MEADAL MOVERER TO AND I AM ALREADY READY.>>I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION. I THINK I’M POSITIONED. WHAT WAS THE QUESTION?>>ESSENTIALLY HOW ARE YOU GOING TO LEVER THIS NEW OPPORTUNITY TO GET THE MONEY AND THE FIGHTS YOU WANTS.>>FEEL LIKE IT’S LEVERAGE.>>AND SPEAKING OF THE CBD, HOW SOON? AN SOONL AS I’M OUS OF THE EHONE AND SPEAKING OF THAT, SHOUTS OUT TO MY BIG, BIG LAWN AND THE TAILORERGAME. I GOT A LOT OF GOOD IDEAS FROM HIM AND HIS TEAM FOR SURE.>>THANK YOU, VERYBODY.>>>CONGRATS, STIPE. I THIK EVERYBODY WAS SHOCKED YOU CAME IN AS LIGHT AS YOU WERE. BECAUSE WAS IT BECAUSE YOU WANTED QUICKNESS?>>NOT AT ALL. I’M A DAD SO IT’S MOSTLY KEEPING MY BODY IN SO I LOOK GOOD. I DON’T WANT A DAD BOD. I WAS EATING A TON OF FOOD, TRAINING HARD AND IT’S BEEN A HOT SUMMER. IT JUST CAN CAME OFF. I FELT STRONG, AMAZING. STARTED OFFER SLOW BUT WE’RE GOOD.>>YOU WENT TO THE BODY SHOTS. IS THAT SOMETHING INSTINGTENTHIVELY AYOU SNAU >>I WAS LIKE REMEMBER HE’SULE RACES PIEGSING HIS BODY AND SO I’M GOING TO HAVE A CANAL OF THEM IN THE AND HE WAS LANDING WITH HIS HANDS DOWN. IS THAT FRUSTRATING AND THEZ RR IN THERE IN FRONT OF YOU.>>IT SUCKS. FELT LIKE I WAS GETTING PULLED. MAYBE IT WASN’T. I DON’T KNOW. A KNUCKLE. I WASN’T TRYING TO [ BLEEP] ABOUT IT. WE OVER CAME IT. HE MAKES PEOPLE FEEL UNFOREIGN MINISTERERTABLE. I’M LIKE OKAY. THIS IS WHEN I GOT TATAKE IT.>>AND LAST L.A. FOR ME WHERE, DO YOU WANT TO GO? DO YOU REMATCH FRANCE, TRILOGY WITH DC >>IO YOU BOW DPG PLAY NEXT IN. >>I JUST BOUGHT A NEW HOME BEN THERE FOR WEEKS. AND WE CAN I DIDN’T GOIER IT OUT FROM THERE.>>CONGRASS. FIRST ROUND, DANIEL PICKED YOU UP AND GOT YOU IN THE SLAM.>>I THOUGHT WE WERE DOING BWWE. IT WAS WEIRD.>>AND WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE FOR YOU TO BE THROWN IN THAT PUSFWLIGZ. >>POSITION?>>IT HAPPENS. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. LIKE I SAID I WASN’T ME AND THE THIRD ROUND I WAS A BETTER FIGHTER.>>HOW WE DOING IN CLEVELAND?>>ALL WEEK SEEM TO BE MAKING GOOGLY EYES ADD DAUGHTER.>>NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS I’M SPINNING AND AS LONG AS I’M GOING HOME TO MY DAUGHTER, THAT’S ALL I CARE ABOUT. I DON’T KAUR BOUT THAT. CAN I GO HOME TO MY DAUGHTER?>>KEEP IT IN FRONT OF YOU. CURIOUS ABOUT THE NEW BELT?>>I’M A CHAMP AGAIN. THAT’S ALL I CARE ABOUT.>>WHERE DID YOU LEARN THAT CELEBRATION?>>IT WAS A LITTLE OLD SCHOOL. KIND OF FRANK THE TANKED IT. KIND OF LOST. I FEEL DUMB THAT I DID IT. I DON’T KNOW WHY. I’M AN IDIOT. I’M DUMB.>>JUST ADRENALIN?>>YEAH, I THINK ADRENALIN TAKES OVER. I’M THAT GUY. WHY WOULD HE DO THAT? IT’S FUN.>>I THINK A LOT OOF PEOPLE HAD DANIEL 2-1 OR 3-0. YOU HAD THE SECOND LARGEST STA STATISTICAL COMEBACK FOR A FIGHT. WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND IN THE BIG SHOTS?>>I WAS FIGHTING LIKE. [ BLEEP] I REALLY WAS. I TAKE NOTHING FROM DC. BEAT THE BEST IN THE WITH WORLD. IT TOOK ME TIME TO GET MY MOJO. AND ONE COACH SAID I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE OVER. THE WAY YOU SWAGERRED, THE HIPS WERE MOVING.>>I KNOW YOU SAID YOU DON’T WANT TO THINK ABOUT WHAT’S COMING NEXED AND IF HE DOES CHOOSE TO CONTINUE FIGHTING, IS THERE ANY PART OFFIA THAT WANTS TO STICK TO HIM. >>YEAH, WHATEVER. HEAL UP, 37 ON MONDAY. I FLGZ NAKT AND WE’LL DPIGIER IT OUGHT. AFTER THE WEEK — AFTER THE WIN YOU HAD BOTH GAERBAU AND A GYRON TULZSY YOU’RE THE WHERE DO YOU THING YOU STAND IN THOSE RANKINGS?>>ACCOMPLISH LTS. MY DAD DID SOMETHING. HE FOUGHT TO GIVE ME A BETTER LIFE AND THAT’S ALL I CARE ABOUT.>>IN THE END HIS LEGACY. >>IT’S ALL OUR LEGACY NOW. I’M A GOOD DUDE, A TOUGH FIGHTER. I’M GOING THROUGH ADVERSITY. NEVER BEEN AN EASY ROAD. I LIKE IT HARD BECAUSE IT MENTIONED THAT MUMP SWEETER.>>IS THAT A FIGHT THAT INTERESTS ME AT SOME POINT?>>YOU’RE KILLING ME WITH THESE FIGHTS?>>IDEAER I’VE ALWAYS SAID I’LL FIGHT ANYONE. I’LL FIGHT ANYONE. NO MORE WHO WILL YOU FIGHT NEXT QUESTIONS, PLEASE. I’M KIDDING.>>WHO DO YOU WANT TO FIGHT NEXT?>>YOU’RE NEVER COMING TO FIGHTER’S NATION AGAIN. OUT.>>D.C. HAD 181 SIGNIFICANT STRIKES. THE MOST EVER IN A LOSS IN UFC HISTORY. ANYTHING CHANGE? HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO ABSORB SO MANY?>>I DON’T KNOW. LIKE I SAID THE FIRST TWO ROUNDS LOOKED REALLY BAD. I KNOW THEY LOOK BAD. I DUG DOWN DEEP. IT’S A MIDWEST THINGX DUDES.>>WHAT KIND OF RIB RG YOU GOING TO GET AT THE FIRE STATION?>>IT’S GOING TO BE TERRIBLE. I MIGHT QUIT.>>THEY MAY BRING UP THE DANCE.>>OH, 100%ER. IT’S GOING TO BE AWKWARD.>>YOU WEIGHED INALITY AT 230 POUNDS.>>LIKE I SAID WASN’T TRYING. WORKING OUT HARD AND EETDING. >>. NO JOKE I WOULD GET A BURGER. NOTHING. AND I WAS STILL SWEATING WHEN I WAS IN THERE. TALK ABOUT FROSTBITE. ANTONIO BROWN? TERRIBLE. THANKS FOR THE ARTICLE. GREAT ARTICLE.>>THANK YOU.>>SO YOU WERE JUST BEING HONEST BOUT GETTING BEAT UP THE FIRST COUPLE OF ROUNDS. IN HINDSIGHT IT DOESN’T MATTER BECAUSE YOU WON. BUT WAS THERE JIRTZ?>>I DON’T THINK AN ADRENALIN JUMP, JUST GETTING MY BARRENS STRAIGHT. HE MAKES IT AWKWARD. ? AND I THINK — YEAH. A LITTLE BIT. AND A MARATHON.>>SO HE SAID THAT HE LET HIS COACHES DOWN. HE FEELS HE LET HIS COACHES DOWN BY NOT WRESTLING. DID YOU EXPECT THEM TO TAKE YOU DOWN SNORE >>YEAH, AND IDIOT, I’VE BEEN WORKING ON THE WHOLE CAMP AND HE — I DON’T KNOW. I THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO START WALKING AROUND THE OCTAGON. I KNEW HE WAS GETTING TIRED. HE’S AN AMAZING FOIGER. LISTEN, TRUST ME. WHEN YOU LOSE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU LET YOUR COACHES DOWN.>>OBVIOUSLY YOU HAD THE JOY OF YUR DAUGHTER. BUT WERE THERE TIMES WAITING FOR THE REMATCH IT DID GET DARK FOR YOU AND YOU THOUGHT IT WOULD NLT COME?>>NO. SPENDING THE WHOLE YEAR WITH HER, GTING TO WAKE UP AT 6:00 IN THE MORNING AND CHANGE A POPPY DIAPERER IS AWESOME. ME AND MY WIFE ARE SO BLESSED. SHE’S SUCH A GOOD KID.>>AND GIVES YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO HEAL FROM ANY LINGERING ISSUES.>>MORE MENTSAL. SOME GUY KZ DO IT. I KAENTS. EVENTUALLY I’M GOING TO WEAR DOWN. AND MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY I WAS DRAINED.>>AWESOME. WELL, CONGRATS >>THANK YOU.>>STIPE OVER HERE.>>OH.>>SO OBVIOUSLY THERE’S A LOT OF TALK ABOUT WHAT WOULD BE NEXT FOR DANIEL. JOHN JONES TRILOGY, ETC., ETC. I KNOW YOU WANT TO FOCUS ON YOUR FIGHT BUT HOW MUCH DID IT FATHER YOU THAT EVERYONE WAS TALKLING ABOUT THAT AND THEY SEEM TO BE OVER LOOKING YOU?>>I’M USED TO IT. IT’S THE GAME WE’RE IN. PEOPLE WANT TO SEE THAT FIGHT. LOOK WHAT I GOT BACK.>>JUST ONE FOR ME. CAN CONGRATS ON THE WIN. DANIEL HAD THE REALLY SPECIAL PRIVILEGE OF SITTING DOWN WITH HIS KISDS AND WATCHING THAT SPECIAL ON HIM. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT LEGACY. WITH YOU INEVITABLY GET YOUR OWN, WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR DAUGHTER TO TAKE AWAY FROM IT?>>THERE’S A LOT OF REASONS I WANT THIS. I THINK ABOUT IT MORE AND MORE. NOT EVEN JUST ABOUT ME. I WANT TO SHOW MY DAUGHTER THAT SOMETIME TIMES GET TOUGH AND YOU JUST GOT TO GET BACK UP AND DUST YOURSELF OFF. ER WHEN I LOST, THEY CRIED. AND THAT REALLY BOTHERED ME. NOT IN A BAD WAY. LISTEN. AND THEN I WANT TO SHOW THEM — MY DAUGHTER, SOMETIMES IT DOES HAPPEN. MORE BECAUSE — AND FOR MY DAUGHTER. THINGS GET TOUGH. IT’S OKAY. YOU JUST GOT TO PUSH THROUGH. WHAT HAP SNNDPENED? IT’SER GOOD. YOU’RE FINE. GET THEM BACK.>>RIGHT. JUST QUICKLY. OVER HERE. YOU SAID BEFORE IT WASN’T ABOUT LEGACY BUT NOW IT IS. YOU GAVE ME AN EXAMPLE OF SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR THE KIDS IN THE FIRE STATION. BUT AS FAR AS YOU RUR SEEN AS ONE OF THE ALL-TIME GRATSZ, WHENNER DID THAT CHANGE?>>I THINK MY DAUGHTER. LISTEN, YOUR DATD DAD’S A TOUGH DUDE. AND YOU BEAT A COMAL OF GUYS UP. THAT’S WHAT HE DID. NO MATTER WHAT WE DID LITHE THAT SHUT UP. THANKS, GUYS.

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  1. I feel like there could easily be, deservefully, a third fight between Cormier and Miocic. Stipe waited and they gave it to him, and at this point there’s not much the ufc will not grant DC. I would love to see it, and a lot of people would agree the outcome is unpredictable. the rivalry is set at 1-1.

  2. I don't know about Adasaneya but Robert is tough he fought with Romero with a broken hand.i know you are tough but always respect your opponent.

  3. Fights that need to happen in the next 4 months
    Henry Cejudo vs Joseph Benavidez
    Max Holloway vs Alexander Volkanovski
    Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington
    Leon Edwards vs Jorge Masvidal and
    Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Claudia Gadelha 3

  4. I have tried, and I just can't be a fan of Diaz. Reminds me of every punk that I grew up with. Great fighter, but Dana doesn't' like him because he doesn't represent the sport well. He could have had a belt by now but he didn't want to be a pro. Maybe that works for him. Respect if it does, but that's why he hasn't had a title shot yet.

  5. The 2nd & 3rd rounds – @dc_mma was eye poking again. DC keeps his hands opened & fingers spread – then starts going towards your eyes & at the last second, closes them to punch … sometimes he had his jab hand open to poke & his power hand balled up in a fist to punch.

  6. Conor is promoting whiskey. Nates promoting medicinal CBD. In my book, Nates a fucking hero. Fighting those alcohol advertisement dollars and making his own mark.

  7. Seems being a dad has got rid of that little bit of arrogance that stipe used to carry around,polite, graceful champ,we need more of them

  8. I legitimately can not listen to nate talk. It's unbearable. He speaks like a 4 year old except add in some swearing. It makes me cringe how stupid he is

  9. There is just something about D.C. His composure, his analysis, his absolute honesty, the humble way he approaches answering media questions, and the way he speaks about how a fight plays out is exemplary. If only more of our heroes, more of our role models, more of the people our societies look up to resemble his poise, we would be a better people.

  10. “Poirier and Conor were probably watching me in the ufc while they were still in high school… I’m like, they better recognize”

  11. Nate Diaz, one of THE REALEST IN THE GAME !!!!!!!!! "I am looking for a badass fight" – That's the essence of this game !!!!!!!!!! A Real Oldschool dude ; Nate is not there for the money, he's there because he only wants to fight with the best and be THE BEST !!!!!!!! HUGE RESPECT for Nate from Europe !!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Costa was the clear winner against Romero (make no mistake about it, Dana). He couldn't knock Romero out, true, but he dominated him almost the entire fight. Romero's resilience, on the other hand, was admirable (he got pummeled, yet he made it to the final round). But you don't prove you're better than your opponent simply by not losing. You gotta win; you gotta win or prove that you've been the superior fighter. And Romero never really managed to do that (he did use every single trick in the book, though, to buy some extra time for himself, thus avoiding Costa's relentless pressure). Costa was the deserved winner in this fight.

  13. "Pffft…I've been a father for years, I been fathering all kinds of these little mother fuckers" LMAO 😂🤣 this is why people love Nate,he says whatever the fuck he wants. Plus he's a badass motherfucker!!!

  14. Miocic looked like an idiot with that fucking bow tie and purple fucking suit,with that stupid looking vest. Fuck man, I hate when they get all dressed up when they NEVER dress like that normally. Bring back Chuck Liddell

  15. The Diaz brother are an absolute class act in fighting parlance. Beyond that, they walk the talk, that is far more appealing than hyped-up, no-loss, armani suit-wearing cucks.

  16. Romero won and Stipe best heavyweight ever until someone else does what he did

    People starting mess with Colby???
    Colby talks shit to people. Sorry but he does. All this shit ain't necessary and now the guy can't go anywhere without possibly being beat up. Stop.
    This shit is annoying

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