IT'S A SHOW ABOUT NOTHING
"It had to do with Dana (White) calling my managers and immediately saying, 'we need to get him to sign this contract' and 'it's a big favor to me.' Then we asked him, 'Why do you need this contract signed?'" - UFC Welterweight Jon Fitch, explaining how the Dana White/AKA battle started (MMA Weekly)
"Then we finally asked, after reading through the contract, why can't we negotiate for different terms? Because it asked me for a lifetime contract for the video games, so they would have exclusive rights to use our likeness for these video games and we couldn't go and do any other video games ever again in our lifetime." - Fitch
"So basically we said we weren't cool with that deal and why can't we do it for five or 10 years? Why does it have to be a lifetime deal? Their next response was, 'either you guys are in or you're out' and 'sign this or you're going to get dropped from the UFC.'" - Fitch
"Within two phone calls, it got to 'sign this or you guys are out.'" - Fitch
"It’s over a lot of different things." - UFC President Dana White, giving his side of the story (Fiveouncesofpain.com)
"It’s not one specific fighter or one specific thing. It’s about a lot of different things with a lot of these fighters." - White
"You come in, you do your job with your company and you get paid." - White
"I’m the perfect example of what a UFC fighter should be; someone who goes out there and lays it on the line (and) fights their ass off." - Fitch, who definitely has been one of the guys who "comes in and does his job."
"I am the UFC's bastard son." - Fitch, with one of the more interesting comments throughout this ordeal.
"Do you think tomorrow ... the Jon Fitch clothing line is going to come out, or the new swimwear by Jon Fitch, or the new Jon Fitch this or that? Do you think any of that's coming out tomorrow?" - White (USA Today)
"Are people not going to buy the video game because Cain Velasquez, Josh Koscheck or Jon Fitch aren't in the video game? No." - White
"Every guy, even big stars — there's no huge stars coming out of AKA — every huge star that is in the UFC has given us their video game rights." - White, doing a great job promoting his fighters.
"This is not an attack on Jon Fitch." - White, disregard the above quotes.
“It’s 100 percent personal." - Fitch
"A lot of these guys that he says he doesn’t have a problem with are guys that got special contracts along the way." - Fitch
"This is seriously how they're trying to treat fighters? Especially me?" - Fitch
"We have chosen not to do business with this camp called AKA. These guys have never, ever, ever treated us like partners." - White
"They are trying to break Zinkin Entertainment and get us to jump off a ship." - Fitch
"You've got morons — morons — that are running these fighters' lives." - White
"They're negotiating like they've got Mel Gibson and this thing is the biggest movie ever being made." - White
"The reality is, we're not even sanctioned in Massachusetts or New York ... (and) we're going into all these different countries trying to do these different things. And I've got these guys that basically don't want to be partners with me." - White, can someone explain to me what Dana's business with sanctioning has to do with negotiations with his fighters?
"But if Fitch called me today, if Fitch called me right now and said, "Dana, listen, I don't know what happened with my managers ... but I want to work this out with you," I'd work it out with Fitch in two seconds." - White, you know, if Fitch just entered into negotiations without any sort of legal knowledge, you know, so I could take advantage of him, we'd be cool.
"I've had a problem with DeWayne Zinkin since Day One. This guy is an absolute — Chuck Liddell basically had to tell him, 'Butt out of my business. You handle my sponsorships, I'll handle my business with the UFC.'" - White
“He tries to blame this and put this off on management but my management was telling me to sign this video game deal. But out of principle, I didn’t. It’s on me, not on my management.” - Fitch
"Do you know how much Jon Fitch made for the Georges St. Pierre fight? Where the hell else could Jon Fitch go right now and make the money he made? He made $169,000 for that night for that fight. Where’s he going to make that kind of money in one night?" - White, again, someone explain to me what this has to do with these negotiations?
"Shut up! Shut up. Every one of you shut your mouth. Mind your business." - White, on the media's role in all this.
"It was never even about the agreement or the contract. It was the approach we felt that Dana (White) was a little hot-headed and threatening us right off the bat. It didn't seem like a professional way to do things." - Fitch (MMA Rated)
HOME (AND A CAGE) IS WHERE THE HEART IS
"It feels good." - Pioneer referee John McCarthy, on returning to officiated duties at Strikeforce: "Destruction." (MMA Junkie)
"Two weeks after I was gone, I was like, 'Oh, God. I miss it.'" - McCarthy
"As long as the athletic commission gives it to me, I don't care where it is." - McCarthy, a subtle clue about a return to the UFC Octagon.
AFFLICTION, NOW OFFENDING SOCCER MOMS
"As a Catholic and a Christian, it was offensive all the way around. We consider her holy." - Judy Carbo, who complained about a shirt depicting baby Jesus with a skeleton which prompted Nordstrom to remove the shirts from their racks. (News Press)
"If you were Jewish, you wouldn't want to see a swastika on a shirt. If you were African-American, you wouldn't want to see anything that was derogatory towards you." - Carbo, really making an ass out of herself with the second sentence.
A COUPLE OF DENIALS
"For the record....I didn't rape anyone." - Human Weapon host Jason Chambers (The Underground)
“I am disappointed that the Commission chose to bring this case based upon its Enforcement staff’s win-at-any-cost ambitions. The staff’s process was result-oriented, facts be damned. The government’s claims are false and they will be proven to be so.” - HDNet President Mark Cuban (Sherdog)
BROCK LESNAR ISN'T THE FIRST BIG PRO WRESTLING STAR IN MMA
"I don't like someone like him. There's nothing I like about him." - MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba, referring to Kiyoshi Tamura. The two share a storied past. (MMA Fighting)
"I actually wasn't expecting him to take the fight." - Sakuraba, Tamura has turned down the fight multiple times.
"I seriously want to fight without gloves because recent MMA fights are not as exciting as before and have resembled sports entertainment." - Sakuraba, if you didn't think he was badass before this, I think this changes your mind.
"I also requested to fight without a time limit. That was a joke." - Sakuraba, who I hope doesn't need more than 10 minutes to beat Tamura.
"I want to knock him out badly." - Sakuraba, please do.
THERE'S ONLY OOOONE RICKY HATTON, OOOONE RICKY HATTON
"Brock's a big bloke, isn't he? If you found him in bed with your girlfriend you'd tuck him in!" - Ricky Hatton, that or be forced to video tape it while crying in the corner (The Sun)
"The presentation really is first class." - Hatton, who was in attendance for UFC 91.
"I totally understand him wanting to fight GSP again. It's exactly how I feel wanting to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr again." - Hatton, who met up with B.J. Penn at the event.
"I've trained at the UFC gym for a couple of fights and the UFC have always been great to me." - Hatton
OK, MAYBE WE WERE JUST TEASING WITH THAT WHOLE "RETIREMENT" THING
"At the end of the day, man, when gets to 35, he could feel like he has a few more fights in him." - Anderson Silva's manager Ed Soares (MMA Junkie)
"Of course -- and for people to go buy those pay per views now." - Soares, not so jokingly.
"Anderson just wants to put on history-making fights." - Soares, it's a good thing Dana White got the big Patrick Cote fight out of the way.
WE ARE LIVE FROM THE SOLD OUT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
“It’s a historical thing." - UFC legend Randy Couture, on MMA's regulation in New York. (NY Post)
"To say I fought in the same place as Joe Louis or Muhammad Ali would be a dream come true.” - Couture
"We don't need help from anybody" - Dana White, on network television deals. (Yahoo)
"I'm happy as hell to be on SpikeTV, be there forever. I could care less." - White, who couldn't care less, for what it's worth.
"This fight should have been in Toronto or Hawaii." - White, discussing the big B.J. Penn/Georges St. Pierre fight at UFC 94.
"I’m attacking Canada. I’m going to spend so much time in Canada I’ll have to buy a house. I’m going to live here until it’s done. I’m going to be sitting on the porch every day they come to work." - White
"We finally get some regulations and they slap this huge tax on us that's out of control, so probably never." - White, on why the UFC won't bring the fight to Hawaii. (Star Bulletin)
"Gina Carano is a star, and I think she's talented." - White, finally coming around on the female MMA thing. (MMA Junkie)
"And if I did do it, I'd probably do it in the WEC." - White, well, at least he's willing to put it on somewhere.
"When they’re out there chasing (and) trying to start all of these different businesses and spin off all this stuff, it’s too much." - White, commenting on fighters who get into extra-curricular activities. He might want to take his own advice from time to time. (Fiveouncesofpain.com)
"It's coming close to the holidays. I've got a mortgage. I've got kids. I needed that payday before the end of the year." - Former UFC and EXC Middleweight Scott Smith, on taking a fight with Terry Martin on short notice. (MMA Junkie)
"Today I consider myself a free agent." - EliteXC Welterweight Champion Jake Shields, who's 30 day breach of contract challenge is up. (MMA Junkie)
"I'm taking all these crazy meetings in Los Angeles. I want to take advantage of these opportunities before -- it's not like I'm some spring chicken, you know." - Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Cung Le, right, so get in the fucking cage. (MMA Junkie)
"I'd love to see the rematch." - Kim Couture, who obviously has a death wish for her husband. (Yahoo)
"The only satisfaction I get is that both young men are alive and healthy. I don't need any praise. I simply did what anyone one would have done in that situation." - Goran Reljic, who saved two kids this week. (Fight Ticker)
"I was kind of hoping that his pride would make him stand up and I think that’s what did it." - WEC featherweight Leonard Garcia, on his first round KO of Jens Pulver (Fiveouncesofpain.com)
"I guess inexperience has gotten me this far." - New UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (MMA Junkie)
"If you're playing a video game, he's like the last dragon you have to beat, but like a really, really big dragon." - UFC color commentator Joe Rogan, hyping up Lesnar prior to his fight with Randy Couture (Yahoo)