THINGS GET UGLY AND ADRENALINE LEAKS IN THE GAS TANK
"He heard. He responded to my commands." - Referee Josh Rosenthal, explaining why he allowed the UFC 116 main event between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin to continue during Carwin's ground and pound assault in round one. (MMA Mania)
"Before the fight he comes into the locker room and he says, 'Listen fellas, if things get ugly out there I’m gonna give you three warnings before I stop the fight. I’m gonna be very verbal in this so you gotta show some movement and show you’re still in the fight.'" - UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar, who survived the first round and submitted Shane Carwin by arm triangle in round two to retain his title. (Sports Radio Interviews)
"I basically had an adrenaline dump towards the end of the first and I was unable to recover in between rounds." - Shane Carwin. You think I'm going to blast this? (Heavy.com)
"I think the biggest factor of the adrenaline dump was hearing Rosenthal say, `Brock I am going to stop it,' and then not stopping it." - Carwin. Wait for it...
"He said it at least three different points in the round, and each time I went for the finish and it never came. It sucked the wind and life out of me." - Carwin being Carwin. This is why I don't care for him. If you can't read between the lines, let me elaborate. I don't think Carwin blamed Josh Rosenthal for his adrenaline dump, but he still deflects any responsibility for losing. It wasn't a lack of cardio or not pacing himself while working for the finish or the boneheaded decision not to back off and make Brock stand with him after Lesnar proved he could cover up effectively on the floor. Nope. It was the mysterious "adrenaline dump". Shane Carwin can go 25 hard minutes in a championship fight...if it wasn't for that damn ADRENALINE DUMP. No, Shane, it wasn't your adrenaline that was the problem. You gassed. You didn't pace yourself. You didn't make Brock Lesnar stand back up and deal with your boxing. You lost.
OH GREAT, BOB REILLY'S BACK
"Violence begets violence. To us, we can't imagine putting people in a cage, sometimes literally fighting to the death." - New York Assemblyman Bob Reilly, using words responsibly like every other wholesome politician. (Cage Writer)
"Because a fighter was tragically killed a week ago in South Carolina. To put two men in a cage or two women in a cage and let them fight until one is dead, is not something for a civilized society." - Reilly, invoking the death of Michael Kirkham for his own political gain. Great success!
"What is omitted, by almost everyone, is that this is a brutal sport." - Reilly. I agree. MMA is a brutal sport, and that fact is often overlooked by fans and media. Other brutal sports (and legal in the state of New York): boxing and football.
"In the U.S., we are trying to combat brutality in our schools. We have a huge problem of domestic violence. We have a huge problem with inner city kids with guns and violence." - Reilly, who is really trying to suggest that inner city gangs run around and shoot each other because they just saw Rich Franklin knock out Chuck Liddell. C'mon buddy.
MISUNDERSTANDING IN JAPANESE NEGOTIATIONS? NAHHHHH.
"Towards the end of the negotiations, because of reasons that I am not able to tell you, although the two fighters agreed to fight, it happened that these fighters could not fight." - Dream Executive Producer Keiichi Sasahara, on the failed attempt to put together Alistair Overeem and Ricco Rodriguez at Dream.15. Since Sasahara-san is unable to fill us in, let's let Ricco and Alistair tell their stories! (MMA Fighting)
"Then, they offered me a fight against Andrei Arlovski for the Dream heavyweight title. " - Alistair Overeem (MMA Fighting)
"During my training I found out that Andrei Arlovski was not going to be my opponent, and they changed opponents numerous times. I've heard names like Tim Sylvia and Minowa." - Overeem. Good god, Minowa? Really? I hate you Japanese MMA.
"I then heard rumors that Dream had booked me in a fight against Ricco Rodriguez. I want to make it very clear that I never verbally agreed to fight him and I never signed a contract with Dream to fight him." - Overeem
"It was presented to Overeem a while ago and he accepted the offer." - Ricco Rodriguez. Did you see Overeem sign a contract, Ricco? Because if you're going by what Dream execs told you, I'm afraid you might have been misled. (Sherdog)
"The reality is that they felt that there was too much risk involved in this particular fight." - Rodriguez. I doubt that.
"I don’t want to knock Strikeforce because that’s not my style even though they did treat me like shit which was unnecessary because I never talked bad about them." - Jake Shields. Couldn't even get through a whole sentence without knocking Strikeforce, eh Jake? (BJPenn.com)
"Even though Strikeforce is a good show, everyone knows it’s the number two show." - Shields
"They don’t seem really interested in building top young fighters in their prime." - Shields, but he doesn't want to knock Strikeforce or anything.
IN SOVIET RUSSIA, COPROMOTION OWNS YOU
"We are ready to fight against anyone, but everyone agrees that the most interesting fight right now is the rematch against Fabricio Werdum." - M-1 President Vadim Finkelstein (Lowkick.com)
"We have one fight left on our contract, so if Strikeforce want to extend it – they should listen to our opinion." - Finkelstein, with an army of track-jacketed Russian youths behind him.
"I’ll repeat that again: the only thing fans want to see is Fedor vs Werdum II." - Finkelstein
"We've restructured. It has nothing to do with Fedor's loss." - M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan, on reports that M-1's office in Holland will be closed and/or downsized, and it just happens to follow Fedor Emelianenko's loss to Fabricio Werdum. (MMA Fighting)
SCOTT COKER SAYS DUMB THINGS
"We’re not the guys that are putting all the circus fights on. But in all fairness, look at Brock Lesnar. He made the crossover. Why not Batista?" - Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. Why not Batista? Well, he doesn't have a lengthy amateur wrestling background, for one. He's on the wrong side of 40, for another. And no on cares about Dave Bautista. (Sherdog)
"I think Kimbo’s had his run, so to speak. He’s kind of had his time in the MMA business whereas Batista hasn’t and Herschel hasn’t." - Coker, who's credibility is nearing LeBron James levels.
"We already know how Kimbo will do, so, to me, there’s a little curiosity factor [with Batista]." - Coker
"When people start going to jail, people will stop doing it." - UFC President Dana White. Just like murder and rape and stealing and drunk driving and internet gambling and insider trading and drug dealing. Put people in jail, and the behavior stops. (MMA Junkie)
"He has great genetics, so his recovery is going great." - Eduardo Alonso, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua's manager. It's unfortuate that Rua's genetics aren't so great with the whole knee ligament staying attached thing. (Sherdog)
"In Mir's mind, it's about martial arts versus this big gorilla who really is just a big gorilla." Frank Mir lead trainer Jimmy Gifford, who would be crucified if Brock Lesnar was Barack Lesnar, son of an African immigrant and South Dakotan farmer. (Las Vegas Sun)
"Honestly I didn't think of Brock going for a submission. I never imagined it." - Shane Carwin, swell preparation. (MMA Fighting)
"I already said that he better not fight anymore, but I didn’t say it to him." - Yoshizo Machida, on his son Lyoto Machida. (Sherdog)
"He will take a beating from Anderson, who will beat him like a child, will beat his ass and will shut his mouth." - Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. I recommend searching this site for Chael Sonnen's rebuttal, which was too chock full of goodness to reprint in TWIQ. (Sherdog)
"Those [submissions] were just kind of luck I guess. I'm not very good on the ground. I'm a boxer, pure and simple." - Chris Lytle, going through a bit of an identity crisis. (MMA Junkie)