The Week in Quotes: February 20th - 26th

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27: Michael Bisping of Great Britain celebrates his victory over Jorge Rivera of the USA in their middleweight bout part of at UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)


"I'm not a classless piece of s*** like he is." - Jorge Rivera, following his UFC 127 fight with Michael Bisping, who illegally kneed Rivera in the head in the first round and spit at (or on) his corner following the fight. (MMA Fighting)

"You know, I take my job very, very seriously and I try to be a good ambassador for the sport and a good role model for my children." - Bisping, father of a Watermelon Thump champion. (MMA Fighting)

"I promoted the hell out of this fight, I talked a lot of s*** about this fight, I talked a lot of s*** about him." - Rivera, adding, "I talked a lot of s***."

"And Jorge's saying it's just promotion, I'm like 'No, it wasn't promotion. Don't mock me on the Internet, you know. My son seen these, his friends at school, things like that, mocking me like that, you know.' That's not business to me, that's personal." - Bisping, and you don't want to see Mike Bisping gets personal. (He starts spitting.)

"I watch guys like Chael Sonnen, who was basically going through the same thing. He was a good fighter not getting the notoriety that he wanted. He starts talking a little bit, and the whole world starts watching." - Rivera. I think we found the Mexican dude that said that stuff about Lance Armstrong. (Sherdog)

"I’m a professional fighter; I’m not an idiot in the schoolyard, making up silly rhymes and jokes and making stupid videos." - Bisping. No word on whether he spit as he talked. (Bloody Elbow)


"There was a lot of points in that fight where my heart rate got up a little bit, so I could never agree that that fight was boring." - Rashad Evans, responding to Dana White's statements that his fight with Quinton Jackson was a "snoozefest." (MMA Fighting)

"Hamill has pretty much the same style that I have, so we'll see if Hamill's able to make it more exciting than I was. If he's saying it was boring because of me, I don't understand that. I watched the Machida and Rampage fight, and that fight was pretty boring to me." - Evans, maintaining a steady heart rate.

"The problem is, there's no governing body to the UFC to decide who gets the title shot. There's no ranking, so how do I know when I'll get a title shot again? What, when Dana White likes me enough?" - Evans. Just ask Jon Fitch, Rashad.

"If I get the opportunity to fight for a title because he says so, then I'm going to take it. If I have to wait to take it, I'll wait to take it." - Evans


"Sometimes you have to take a step back in order to take a leap forward." - Jon Fitch, who fought B.J. Penn to a draw at UFC 127. (MMA Fighting)

"I don't know right now [if I deserve a title shot]. I'm awfully disappointed with my performance." - Fitch, whose 149 strikes landed in round three is the second-most all-time in a single round in the UFC. (MMA Mania)

"It’s kind of like, if I kill him, I get his power." - Fitch. It's like "to be the man, you have to beat the man" for World of Warcraft nerds. (Bloody Elbow)


"Here's the deal: the extraordinary becomes ordinary really quickly." - Forrest Griffin, on becoming UFC champion, starring in hit CBS sitcoms, and the porn habits of the American male. (MMA Fighting)

"I guess for other people, I can equate it to having a kid. Before it, you can't fathom how different life can be, but once it happens, it's your new reality, and that becomes your normal life." - Griffin. Reports indicate that Mike Bisping has already taught the kid how to spit.

"And now I'm here, and there's lots of guys who want that belt, so you've got to move up that mountain. And there's plenty of good fights as we move up the mountain." - Griffin


"B.J. Penn is fighting Jon Fitch on Saturday ... [Charlie and Chuck] are more than welcome to be the co-main event. I have Charlie Sheen by brutal knockout." - Dana White, winning. (TMZ)

"It’s over, and as great as this guy was, it’s what I was saying, you know, all that was back in 2005. It’s not 2005 any more." - White, on recently released Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis. (MMA Fighting)

"The guy’s inactive, hasn’t fought anybody good in a long time, and he looks old and it’s over. It is what it is." - White, on Kirk Douglas.

"Why would you want to come in here and fight these heavyweights when you can go over there and make a couple million bucks getting beat up by guys that aren’t good?" - White, whose list of "good" fighters at 265 pounds is limited to Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos, and Brock Lesnar.


"[W]e had some playful days." - B.J. Penn, on training with Matt Hughes for his UFC 127 bout with Jon Fitch. (MMA Fighting)

"If (Dana) wants I can come pee in his mouth and he can tell me if he tastes any Dianabol or anything like that. ... He's so manly and hetero, maybe he wants to get real Spartan about things." - Josh Barnett, taking the winning route. (The Fight Nerd)

"That kick, a lot of people were saying it was luck, 'Oh, he'll never connect with that kick again.' But like you said, I did that against Dan Henderson, against Demian too." - Anderson Silva, on the gnarly front kick that knocked out Vitor Belfort. (

"He's a 38-year-old journeyman that has been around forever and never been the champion. That is the reality of the situation." - Michael Bisping, keeping it real. (MEN Media)

"I honestly believe that Fedor lost the fight because of ‘bad’ karma." - Alistair Overeem. Not him too. (Dream Fighters)

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