I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING THAT BUILDS THE WILL TO WIN BETTER THAN COMPETITIVE SPORTS
"I was found not guilty on the substance issue." - Chael Sonnen, who had his suspension reduced by six months by the California State Athletic Commission at his appeal. He was never found guilty or not guilty on any issue. (Inside MMA transcribed by Fight Opinion)
"I walked straight up to the commissioner and told him, this is what I’m on. ... I disclosed to them in writing over a year ago, I disclosed to them with their previous commissioner who was actually an interim commissioner between Armando Garcia and the sitting director." - Sonnen, whose doctor prescribed Testosterone Replacement Therapy for hypogonadism, a condition that suppresses the production of testosterone. Sonnen's doctor showed up to the hearing in a black t-shirt, mumbled his answers, and avoided all eye contact while he chomped nervously on a piece of gum.
"I don’t know really anybody that thinks I was on steroids. Of they do, I wouldn’t offer an explanation or an apology. The facts were the facts and that’s it. That’s between me and the commission and we dealt with it." - Sonnen. TRT involves the injection of synthetic testosterone, a steroid.
"You used the term steroids which is a big catch-word and that’s really not fair. Now with that said, testosterone falls in the category of steroids. But that’s like saying that mouthwash falls in the category of alcohol or cough syrup is alcohol." - Sonnen. Actually, Chael, it's more like you used a painkiller like codeine or morphine, both of which fall under the category of narcotic. Narcotics, like steroids, have valid medical uses.
"I am not a victim here. I am not a martyr in any way and I appreciate the overwhelming support that’s coming in, but the rules are the rules and if I broke the rules then I should be punished." - Sonnen, who must have an interesting definition of "overwhelming support."
"They gave me a fair shake and that’s just the truth. I don’t like it and I don’t like it because I don’t understand it. I don’t have any better clarity today on what it is that they’re looking for than I had yesterday or several months ago." - Sonnen. Chael, maybe you do have hypogonadism. Maybe you didn't go through puberty as a kid. Maybe you did disclose all of this to the commission multiple times as you said. Your case certainly is convincing. But then you brought that quack of a doctor out in front of the commission. I'm surprised he didn't walk in wearing a trenchcoat with all sorts of steroids and painkillers for sale inside. Good god, man. If there's anyone who I would suspect of handing out false prescriptions for performance enhancing steroids - and, yes, testosterone is a steroid no matter how many times you say otherwise - it's that guy. Dude looked like Raymond Babbitt decided to get a medical degree.
I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GONNA TAKE THIS ANYMORE!
"You should be able to leave it in the hands of the judges. You should be able to just fight." - UFC color commentator Joe Rogan, following the atrocious split decision victory for Leonard Garcia over Nam Phan. Judges Adalaide Byrd and Tony Weeks scored the contest 29-28 for Garcia, while judge Junichiro Kamijo scored the fight for Phan (with obvious Asian bias). (Cage Writer)
"People keep saying, 'Oh, the UFC!' We have no say whatsoever. And Keith Kizer has denied that there's an issue." - Rogan. Just ask Chael Sonnen about Keith Kizer denying things.
"I think [Kizer] needs to clean house. There's a few very good judges surrounded by a bunch of incompetent morons, who know nothing about the sport." - Rogan, probably wrapping up his third consecutive Bloody Elbow reader award for commentator of the year with that rant.
REMEMBER WHEN TRUE BLOOD WAS KINDA GOOD? YEAH, ME EITHER.
"I’m looking forward to going out there and getting in his face, getting right on it, making this a really tough night on Robbie and making it the most miserable night he’s ever had." - Matt Lindland, who fought Robbie Lawler at Saturday night's "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu" event. (Sherdog)
"I expect Matt to come out and be in my face and [for] me to have a chance to hit him." - Robbie Lawler. Surely, Matt, after two disastrous results against southpaws in your career, you'll be looking for an early takedown? (Sherdog)
"I’m not just going to walk in there and just take the guy down. All fights have to start on the feet." - Lindland. Oh boy, that's not a very smart gameplan, is it?
"I think he is a smart fighter, so I don't think he is just going to go in there and wrestle from the start." - Lawler. Wait, what are you saying? No one thinks Lindland should strike with you, at any point. Have you glamored him, Robbie Lawler? Can the commission test for traces of V in the system?
"I’m going to have to navigate through the striking with him, close the distance." - Lindland, TKO'd at fifty seconds of round one.
JUST A PROMOTER, JUST BEING HONEST
"I have a lot of respect for Greg Jackson. It's not like I don't like him or I'm trying to say something bad about him, but there's a pattern there. The game plans they come up with and a lot of the corner work is very weird." - UFC President Dana White, saying something bad about Greg Jackson. (Bloody Elbow)
"Here's a quick stat for you. So there's been 22 [UFC events] this year? We had 12 bonuses so far this year. So one out of every two, one of my fighters got 'Submission of the Night,' 'Knockout of the Night,' or 'Fight of the Night.'" - Jackson (MMA Fighting)
"You'll see guys who are traditionally exciting fighters, but when they go to the Greg Jackson camp they become safety first fighters." - White. Yeah, like, uh, Carlos Condit!
"Let's look at Carlos Condit, who had Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night." - Jackson. Ahhhhhhh...
"At the end of the day, my opinion means nothing. I'm not their corner man. I'm not the trainer. I'm just the promoter. I'm just being honest. There's obviously some consistency there with the Jackson camp with the safety first." - White. Yeah, consistency! Consistently boring fights!
"[Dana] wants to say there's a consistency? Okay, let's look at statistical consistencies. Let's look at Jon Jones, who has finished every fight with me in the first round, except for that Matt Hamill one, which would have been a first-round stoppage anyway if he hadn't thrown that illegal elbow." - Jackson. Ahhhhh....
"It didn't bug me until Dana said it. Fans are fans, but Dana said that and, you know, I've worked really hard in his organization. If you look at my stats, they're insane." - Jackson
MICHAEL BISPING HAS A MESSAGE FOR THE FANS (AND JORGE RIVERA)
"I live in a tiny town in the northwest of England. I don't bump into anyone." - Bisping
"I'm not going around to all the fights and bigwigging it and going to parties and getting in everyone's face and talking [expletive]. I'm looking after my three kids and keeping a low profile." - Bisping
"These [expletive] jump on the bandwagon [and think] it's cool to hate Bisping, and they all talk [expletive] trying to score points." - Bisping, summing up the Sherdog.net scene.
PLEASE REFRAIN FROM FEELINGS OF TREPIDATION, MY GENTLEMANLY FRIEND
"[Nick Diaz] says don't be scared homey all the time. That's his tag line. I stole it, it's mine now." - Jason Miller, taking a break from pitting
stunt men bullies in fights against trained fighters. (Joe Rogan's Podcast)
"He's fought so many times at 183, he always fights there. But then when it's me, somebody he's talked [expletive] about for years, his manager says fight at 178." - Miller. Then fight him at 178. Neither of you is big enough on the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao Scale of Awesomeness to justify this inane weight-haggling.
"Ok cool, I'll fight Alistair Overeem, he just has to make 190. That's it. I'll fight that [expletive] this weekend at 190." - Miller. Watch it, "Mayhem."
"[Strikeforce] wants to do it in January. There's no way. I was a goddamn skeleton (at 170 in the UFC), it was the dumbest thing I ever did." - Miller. Uh, Nashville? "Oh, right."
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
"Now that it's looking likely that the extension will get done - and we tried as hard as we possibly could to make it happen - it's realistic that Fedor will come back early next year." - M-1 Global's Director of Operations Evegni Kogan, on Fedor Emelianenko's return to Strikeforce. I'm sure there are no ancillary benefits for M-1 Global in this negotiation. Just a simple contract extension. (The Fight Nerd)
"So if that deal gets done, then we have four M-1 Challenge events in 2011 on Showtime in the U.S." - Kogan. Goddamnit.
"I think we're moving in the right direction." - Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, M-1 Global's personal babushka doll. (MMA Junkie)
"I went into that fight with an undercard mentality or a local-show mentality. You have to say, 'Man, I'm in the UFC. I'm on the biggest stage of my life. I have to step my game up.' I didn't do that." - Gerald Harris, hopefully ending the tired debate on his release from the UFC. (MMA Junkie)
"The fight that makes the most sense to me is Wanderlei Silva." - Nate Marquardt, because there's nothing classier than half of the middleweight division trying to build their career on the tail-end of an old star's career. (Fighters Only)
"I think that realistically the end of me making runs at the title was a while ago." - Randy Couture. Also, good movies and efficient exercise equipment. (MMA Fighting)
"Koscheck, he jumps in from far away. I told him to not pull away from that and beat that on the counter. I told him, 'I think you'll knock him out with the left hook in that fight." - Freddie Roach, on what GSP can do to beat Josh Koscheck. Roach added that there's nothing Koscheck can do to stop it, it's too ingrained of a habit. (Fight Hub TV)
"[Tavares is] still wet behind the ears, and when you’re a young kid and you’re undefeated, you just think you’re unbeatable. ... In a fight with a guy like that, you have to make him realize right off the bat, ‘Hey, buddy, you’re not unbeatable and you’re going to lose right now.’" - Phil Baroni, who knows a thing or two about being beatable. (Sherdog)