YOUR OVERCONFIDENCE IS YOUR WEAKNESS
"I don't care where I fight, I really don't. I don't care who I fight, I don't care where I fight." - Josh Barnett, on his licensing issues with the California State Athletic Commission. Barnett will compete in the Strikeforce Heavyweight World Grand Prix tournament, and he is scheduled to fight Brett Rogers in the first round. (Inside MMA)
"There's 49 other states, there's a gazillion different countries in the world." - Barnett. By "gazillion," I think Josh meant "a couple hundred."
"You know what, if every country in the world outlawed MMA, I'd still be fighting." - Barnett. No word on whether or not he would pass any drug tests.
"I don't need anybody to tell me to do it or give me permission, I just want to fight." - Barnett
THE NICK DIAZ CONFERENCE CALL HOUR
"I'd like to get paid something extra. Double, triple, something crazy for me to do something extra that would screw up my weight to fight at that weight." - Nick Diaz, on moving up to take a fight at middleweight. (Strikeforce Conference Call)
"I never didn't want to sign for that fight with Miller. They were talking about making me move weights. I said tell his ass to get in f***ing shape and make weight like I do. It's f***ing hard enough for me to make 170 pounds." - Diaz, who has been embroiled in a feud with Jason "Mayhem" Miller over the last year.
"He acts like he wouldn't be able to do it, he doesn't want to work hard like me, that's the problem. He can work his ass off and make 170 pounds or 175 pounds or somebody can pay me a f***ing couple million dollars and I'll move up to 185 pounds and fight him." - Diaz
"Or he can quit getting f***ing slapped in public, I know somebody's got that s*** on video tape. That motherf***er doesn't want to fight me." - Diaz
YOU'RE TRYING TO TELL ME VITOR BELFORT IS A HEADCASE?
"Vitor has done this before. Vitor sometimes, he gets a little clouded in his head." - Shawn Tompkins, Vitor Belfort's former head trainer. You know who else gets clouded in the head? Nick Diaz. (The Fight Show)
"Vitor just wanders, you know, and he goes where, you know, what’s happening, what’s famous, what’s popular and he’ll go over there and Mike Tyson isn’t teaching him anything. Neither is the other eight gyms that he’s training at." - Tompkins. I once saw Tompkins wandering around the South Point Casino bowling alley. Yeah, that was cool.
"Just because he’s over at Couture’s and not with me doesn’t mean he’s with Couture’s. Vitor isn’t loyal to anybody. We’ve seen it before." - Tompkins. You know who Vitor is loyal to? Jesus.
"I hope for the best for him, but you know for a guy who told me about respect, loyalty, and God and all this stuff for so many years, he sure did prove the opposite. So, we’ll see. Best of luck to him." - Tompkins
"Best of luck to Anderson, as well." - Tompkins. Ouch. Burn.
PEOPLE ARE STRANGE
"Me against him (GSP)? I'd knock him out, before he puts me on my butt three times. I've trained with GSP, and he's a great guy and great for the sport." - Stann
"I think Brock Lesnar is done. I think Brock doing TUF is one way to basically take a situation and make it win-win for him." - Roy Nelson, on the announcement that Brock Lesnar will coach the Ultimate Fighter opposite Junior dos Santos. (Bloody Elbow)
"So the conspiracy basically comes down to the fact that Shane Carwin has no one to fight in June. I think Brock Lesnar will walk off the TUF set and then Carwin will take his spot or Frank Mir will come in to 'save the day' and fight JDS for title contention." - Nelson
BUT WILL YOU BE TESTING FOR HORSE MEAT?
"[T]hey have already caught two for doping - Josh Barnett and Antonio Silva. And surely someone else uses it, while they insist that it is all the same, to have equal strength." - Fedor Emelianenko's manager Vadim Finkelstein, lobbying for uniform drug testing in the Strikeforce Heavyweight World Grand Prix. (Sports.ru)
"We have never shied away from a particular battle, I just want for his fighter to be professional opponent, not a 'chemist.'" - Finkelstein
"Terms of the tournament are determined, the grid is painted. Although, if Fedor will be in the semi-finals, I plan to insist on a thorough verification of the opponent on drugs." - Finkelstein
"You know, I experienced a lot of problems when there was a struggle with Josh Barnett, and do not want this situation again." - Finkelstein
WHITE NOISE (IN THE MIX)
"‘Lil Nog’ is ranked in the top 10 in the world and a win puts Tito back in the mix." - UFC President Dana White (UFC.com)
"There's so many guys at 205, (but) Rampage is probably next in line. Rampage is still in the mix." - White (MMA Fighting)
"I'd love to see [Anderson Silva] go to 205. I'll tell you what, you want your challenge? You'll get challenged at 205 pounds from number one all the way down to number twelve." - White. No word on whether Silva is "in the mix." (MMA Digest)
"I'm not planning on getting donkey slammed and I'm not real vulnerable for body shots." - Urijah Faber, on the set of "Eeyorgasm: A Wild Burro in Tijuana."
"Actually, as a matter of fact, three days ago I had my eureka moment for Tim, where I finally understood exactly how to beat Tim." - Matt Mitrione, on fighting Tim Hague. Step 1? Show up. Step 2? There is no step 2. (Sherdog)
"He's more of a motivational speaker possibly, but as a true sense of the word 'coach,' he's not on the same page as great coaches of the world." - Cesar Gracie, on Greg Jackson. (MMA Fighting)