THE LAST OF THE LAST EMPEROR?
"Maybe it's the last time in the cage. Maybe it's high time. [I've] had a beautiful sporting life, maybe it's God's will." - Fedor Emelianenko (through his interpreter), following his second-round doctor's stoppage loss to Antonio Silva. Emelianenko previously discussed thoughts of retirement after his submission loss to Fabricio Werdum. (MMA Torch)
"We didn't ask for medical assistance. There's just a severe swelling, and no real damage to the eye." - Emelianenko's manager Vadim Finkelstein, who lives in a world where "severe swelling" isn't real damage. (Championat.ru)
"I think that the ring doctors made the right decision to stop the fight because Fedor couldn't see anything out of his right eye, and who knows what kind of consequences could hide behind the swelling." - Finkelstein
'Fedor didn't lose this fight. He won the first round, survived the second, and if not that eye swelling, who knows what could have happened in the third. Fedor was ready to continue the fight." - Finkelstein. Cocaine's a helluva drug.
"As far as a retirement, you know how that goes. People get very emotional during a fight and we’ll see." - Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, forgetting that while people get emotional during a fight, Fedor Emelianenko does not. (Sherdog)
"There's absolutely a possibility he could be a replacement. ... That's the beauty of the tournament. You don't know what could happen in the next leg of the tournament." - Coker. The other beauty of the tournament is that you can make it up as you go along. (MMA Junkie)
"My position is we have many more fights with Fedor, and he’ll honor his contract." - Coker, who should understand that "honor" and "renegotiate" do not mean the same thing.
"I don't care who the opponent is. I'm not taking a fight on four weeks' notice. It's not enough time to get ready for a five-round fight. Dana knows that. And 'Shogun,' he's a fighter, and he should know that." - Quinton Jackson, offering an explanation for turning down a title fight against Mauricio Rua at UFC 128. (MMA Junkie)
"He saw me at the fight this weekend. Everybody saw how big I am. ... I'm 250 pounds, and I would have to lose 45 pounds in, what, three or four weeks?" - Jackson
"I'm a natural fighter. I don't do any drugs, and I don't know any high-performance drugs, so I have a natural body. My body gains weight when I don't train and I don't eat like I'm in camp." - Jackson, who doesn't take any performance-enhancing drugs to get fat.
"Even if they offered me Forrest (Griffin) or Rashad (Evans) in four weeks, I can't take that fight because I'm too big." - Jackson, with a nice little backhanded dig at the former TUF winners.
WHEN KEEPING IT REAL GOES WRONG
"I'll fight 'Rampage' right now." - Rashad Evans, who is not fighting "Rampage" at UFC 130, despite rumors that he had been offered the bout. Reports indicate that Evans will wait until the result of the Rua-Jones fight to make his next career move. (MMA Mania)
"I seen him at XS. We got into each other's face for a little bit and then this fool had the nerve to hit me. I slapped him back and then the bouncers came. That was that." - Evans, who would have fought the bouncers if they hadn't trained for three days at Greg Jackson's.
"Sometimes people have different personalities and uh, he shouldn't be playing with me, touching my face." - Evans, who also doesn't like people playing on his phone.
THE WEEK IN CHAEL (SONNEN GOES FULL TROLL)
"Here's a little something for you 'pocket protector/number cruncher' types: I hit Anderson Silva with more unanswered, undefended strikes than any fighter has landed on an opponent in the history of combat sports. Go count 'em up, Poindexters." - Chael Sonnen, whose 320 strikes landed falls well short of the thirty-plus fighters CompuBox lists in their "400 Club." (PaulLazenby.com)
"I struck him more times than Quasimodo struck the church bell at Notre Dame. I hit him so many times that I stopped fighting because my fists bouncing off his melon were ringing so loudly that it sounded like a bell, and I thought that the round, and the fight, were over. Actually, that's not true -- I actually stopped out of mercy and boredom." - Sonnen
"God knows, if he hit me with a TENTH of the undefended shots I hit him with, the ref would have pulled him off me faster than a meth-head pulls the foil off a dozen shoplifted Dristan tablets. I hit him enough to have the fight stopped FIVE TIMES, in FIVE separate rounds." - Sonnen
"Therefore, I consider myself 5-1 against him, even allowing for his tainted triangle which only came after I thought the fight was over, and I had already turned the side of his head into a bowl of porridge with my fists." - Sonnen, finally jumping the shark in my eyes.
PERFORMANCE-ENHANCED BONGO DRUMMING?
"Injured? Me? I'm very healthy and looking forward to fighting Rampage. That's not true." - Thiago Silva. Evacuate? In our moment of triumph? (Tatame)
"Looks like (the NSAC) did two tests, one was positive and the other negative. My blood is clean, I'm calm, took nothing." - Silva, who was taken off the UFC 130 card following doubts about his urine samples from UFC 125. (Tatame)
"That’s not accurate. We have gotten only the first sample back. It could be weeks before we find out the results for the second test." - NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer (MMAFA.tv)
"We can do it, we could make a [non-title] main event a five-round fight and we're probably going to start doing that." - UFC President Dana White, a man after my own heart. (MMA Torch)
"'You’re doing great. You’re doing great. You won that round.’ I was just listening to it and thinking, ‘Are you kidding me?’" - White, on the advice Rich Franklin received from his corner. (MMA Mania)
"When [Rashad Evans] said he was going to sit out and wait for Shogun; I said you're insane. This guy is injured and has to sit out, has to overcome all these things, rust and you’re just going to sit out?" - White, on Rashad Evans' decision to sit out a year to wait for Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. (Heavy.com)
"If you truly believe that you're the best in the world, you should be ready to fight anybody because whoever you fight on the way up are guys, if you win the title, these are the guys that are coming at you anyway. You might as well stay active; you might as well make money. Fighters have a very small window of opportunity and this kid is just letting the window close." - White
"And now it's in this (Jon Jones) situation where this guy is my friend and that guy is my friend. Dude you have way too many friends." - White
"Now he's talking maybe I'll go to heavyweight, maybe I'll go to middleweight. Well if he goes to middleweight, Nate Marquardt is one of the top middleweights in the world, one of his friends. Shane Carwin is one of the best heavyweights in the world, that's one of his friends. He's got too many friends." - White
"If we did a (Yushin) Okami vs. Rashad Evans fight and winner fights (Anderson) Silva or Georges St. Pierre. Oh but he won't fight Georges St. Pierre because they're friends." - White
"I don't think it's going to happen but if Georges gets beat by Jake Shields...if he slips and falls on his way into the cage, hits his head and gets beat by him I'd still like to fight St. Pierre." - Chris Lytle, offering a path to victory for Jake Shields. (Bloody Elbow)
"Let's do it, brother." - Vitor Belfort (Tatame)