AS THE WORLD TURNS
"One thing to remember is Rashad is instrumental in this whole Jackson phenomenon starting." - Keith Jardine, teammate and BFF of Rashad Evans. Evans officially left Greg Jackson's camp after Jon Jones defeated Mauricio Rua at UFC 128. (ESPN)
"He was one of the first guys to come in from out of town and join the team. And he was a guy who, when the sport was growing, he was winning fights and everybody was looking at him as he was getting better. People were calling Rashad up and he was bringing people to town, and without him, who knows if any of that would have ever happened?" - Jardine
"The thing with Rashad is, he said he was okay with Jon coming on the team." - Greg Jackson, now on his second case of a prodigious talent pushing out an establish Team Jackson veteran. (MMA Fighting)
"The sides were chosen a ways back. I feel bad saying that, but I don't want to look like a bad guy and I don't want [the Greg Jackson team] to look like a bad guy." - Mike Winklejohn, Team Jackson's striking coach. (MMA Fighting)
"Rashad lost to Machida, and he basically left. I know he left me, so that's how I feel. ... He went on the 'Ultimate Fighter' show, he didn't call, and that was it. Then Jon Jones comes in." - Winklejohn. Take note, Team Jackson fighters: if you lose, make sure to call Mike Winklejohn afterward.
"I'm not choosing Rashad over Jon Jones or Jon Jones over Rashad; I'm staying out of the entire thing." - Jackson, doing his best King Solomon impression.
"I haven't thought about it too much, but no question I would be supporting Rashad. He's one of my closest friends in the world. I have a lot of loyalty and friendship with him." - Jardine
IN OTHER OLD NEWS...
"I was out of order. As a father, as a mixed martial artist, or possibly even as a role model, it’s not a way I should be behaving. It’s not how a mixed martial artist should be acting; not how any many should be acting." - Michael Bisping, on the infamous incident following his UFC 127 fight with Jorge Rivera where he got in Rivera's face and spit on Rivera's cornerman. (MMA Mania)
"I want to make it clear – I never spat on his cornerman. I spat on the floor to let him know what I thought of him." - Bisping. That makes it better.
"If it was to be him next, I’d look forward to the verbal sparring, but I’m sure he wouldn’t go to the depths of offence that this guy [Rivera] did." - Bisping, on...Chael Sonnen?
MIGHT BE TIME TO GO FISHING
"It is clear that in this sport without hunger, desire and ambition there is no success, and it is clear also that I don't have this in me any more." - Filipovic. Thousands of Pride fans still can't come to grips.
"I was surprised by the [knockout] blow. It was just the same as against Frank Mir." - Filipovic
...AND NOW SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE RECENT
"I like that people bring me up when Jon Jones comes up. You just have to make sure that you let people know that...I don't want to be walking in his shadow." - Phil Davis, who defeated Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in a one-sided decision in his ninth professional bout. (MMA Mania)
"You're talking to two guys that love to bang. All right, plain and simple. We don't - we don't like that, you know, lovey dovey stuff. You know what I'm saying? We wanted it keeping on your feet, give everybody what they want, what they paid their money for." - Anthony Johnson, who upset a small contingent of babies after wrestling with Dan Hardy for 2 rounds at UFC Fight Night 24. (Bloody Elbow)
"I knew I could do that, but I knew his weakness was his wrestling, and I know that's one of my strengths. I just took it to my advantage and used it." - Johnson, who is not Jorge Gurgel. (MMA Fighting)
"I constantly hear about, oh, you know, you got lots of fans and your fan base grew and people - people know who you are now and stuff like that. But I look at it from an athlete point of view. And an athlete needs to win fights." - Dan Hardy, prior to the fight with Johnson. And to win fights, an athlete might want to learn how to wrestle.
"His life is going to change in so many ways starting right now." - UFC President Dana White, on his new light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. (USA Today)
"There's cling-ons all over, I'm sure, waiting to just [expletive] barnacle right on to him." - White, not only using the word "barnacle," but using it as a verb.
"I'm telling you, you wait and see the people that start clinging on to Jon Jones - the dirtiest, nastiest, scuzziest, scummiest, most disgusting human beings on the face of the Earth will start to cling on to this guy and become barnacles and get in his ear and try to pull him in different directions." - White. A couple more uses and "barnacle" will be "in the mix."
"Scott was in it for the long haul. He probably had another five years, but time and business is everything. This was the UFC’s time to make a move and they did." - Frank Shamrock, who might be out of a job this time next year. (MMA Fighting)
"It's probably toward the end of July or mid-July, but we have fights with Fedor that we're gonna honor and continue forward. We're gonna do the co-branding exercise that we do with M-1 every time we do fights with them." - Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, counting down the days until he doesn't have to work with M-1 Global anymore. (Sherdog)