Feb 12th, live on Showtime from East Rutherford, N.J.:
Fedor Emelianenko- "I am very happy to be fighting again and looking forward to a good fight. Losing a fight didn’t change anything for me. I have worked very hard.’’
Antonio Silva - "I am very, very excited and happy. I’ve wanted this fight a long time. Fedor is a great fighter and a great person. But if you want to rise to the top you have to be the best, and Fedor is definitely still one of the very best. The odds are all in Fedor’s favor but the odds do not reflect reality. The truth is, this fight could go either way. I am very confident and I’m here to win.’’
Andrei Arlovski - "These three last guys who kicked my (butt) have motivated me. I'm determined. This tournament is a great opportunity."
Sergei Kharitonov - "I don't think I'm getting Arlovski at a good time because of his losses. (His opponents) were some of the best fighters in the world. It's probably worse for me because he is hungry to win. Andrei took great shots from Silva. His fan-friendly style leaves him open. Anyone can get caught. His chin is not suspect."
Shane del Rosario - "Getting on this show is a reward for five years of hard work. This is a huge opportunity and a huge step up. We are both at similar stages in our careers and both are ready to accept the challenge. This is going to be a very good, hard-fought, exciting fight for sure.’’
Lavar Johnson - "I think Shane is a great fighter. This fight is very important, obviously. The winner maintains his status in the division. Conditioning could be a very big part of it. Shane’s quick and recovers very well. It’s an honor to be on this card. I’m a huge fan of all the fighters in the tournament and I cannot wait to see how it unfolds. It should be very exciting.’’
Chad Griggs - "The win over Bobby Lashley was a good win and got me recognition because of his name. This should be a good fight, too. My only thoughts going in are to win and put on a good show. I know the guy I’m fighting is a good fighter who is hungry and well-conditioned and making his first appearance on the big stage. I know he’s tough and likes to start strong, so let’s see how he does once he gets a little pressure put on him.’’
Gian Villante - "This is all pretty awesome for a guy who has been fighting on mostly much smaller shows in New Jerseys. Fighting for STRIKEFORCE on SHOWTIME is definitely a major step up for me but I’m looking forward to the challenge. It should be fun. I have a lot of friends who’ll be rooting for me on Saturday. I know if they aren’t at the arena, they’ll be watching on SHOWTIME.’’
Valentijn Overeem - "I've had just a couple fights in America, but it's been a while. It's a good feeling to see how the sport has grown in the states. More people will know me and Ray Sefo on Sunday morning. The outcome of the fight will determine which one of us they'll know more. I don't have a favorite way to end a fight. But I don't love going the distance."
Ray Sefo - "I’m looking forward to fighting back for STRIKEFORCE again. The plan is to go out and do what I know how to do, and win by knockout. I’m not looking past Saturday, but I want to fight MMA more this year.’’
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