BODOG LINE: GEORGES ST. PIERRE -5000 TO DEFEAT OSAMA BIN LADEN BY DECISION
"He's never faced a real top jiu-jitsu guy and I plan on showing people that he does have weaknesses." - Jake Shields, on UFC 129 opponent and welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. When his takedowns failed, Shields reverted to Plan B: the ol' poke in the eye. (SB Nation MMA)
"You need a crane, or a forklift or something to put this guy on his back." - Firas Zahabi, GSP's trainer on St. Pierre's takedown defense. (Pro MMA Radio)
"I can't see out of my left eye." - St. Pierre, between rounds three and four. Joe Rogan and an army of slobbering MMA fans ignored this bit of information when criticizing St. Pierre's performance in the final two frames. (UFC 129 telecast)
"It doesn't matter. You've got one eye. It's fine." - Greg Jackson, who did not tell St. Pierre to hit Shields with it. GSP would go on to win a unanimous decision.
"I don't think anybody in the world can touch him at this weight. Nobody." - Zahabi, pumping me up to watch Nick Diaz spend 25 minutes on his back.
THE SUPERFIGHT EVERYONE WANTS TO SEE
"If that's the $25 million dollar question, I would say until it's finished, it's never done." - Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, on negotiations between Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko. I'm sure M-1 Global has nothing to do with this. (MMA Weekly)
"There have been no hang-ups from M-1 in any of these matters. ... No special terms have been requested for the fight." - M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan. (Sherdog)
"When you have a fight of that quality at that catchweight, it's like I said, the details are always the challenges in that." - Coker. Well, it's good to see that Strikeforce and M- Global have agreed on a catchweight since Henderson is on the smaller side of 205.
"Fedor and M-1 have previously agreed to the fight with Dan Henderson at heavyweight." - Kogan
EVERYBODY HAS A PRICE
"When I began there was that hierarchy in martial arts, money was secondary. Nowadays the youngsters want to be fighters only for money." - Anderson Silva, as he yelled at kids skateboarding on his street. (Fighters Only)
"I’m from the era when we fought for honor, because we liked to do it." - Silva
" Many youngsters ... get in the sport thinking they will make money because it is evolving but they forget not all the fighters are highly successful. Many talented fighters in Brazil can’t make a living from the sport and need another job. They work as bodyguards, security..." - Silva, real estate agent...
"[T]o sum it up, one out of twenty fighters is financially successful." - Silva
SPEAKING OF FORMER REAL ESTATE AGENTS TURNED CONVICTED FELONS
"He fights like a kicking chicken. I could take five of those (kicks) before breakfast. He comes in with Steven Seagal, I come in with my great celebrity heroes - the great Mel Gibson and the great Charlie Sheen." - Chael Sonnen, on Anderson Silva. (Bloody Elbow)
"Maybe I don't look at Chael as a bad guy, but sometimes Chael has a problem with the fight. He has no control. ... I fought Chael for five rounds. Chael no win." - Silva
TICK, TOCK, TICK, TOCK
"I guess in a little bit of a way, I feel my clock ticking. But I don't feel it ticking like it's going to be over real soon, but ticking like I want to accomplish a few more things." - B.J. Penn. During the course of the interview, Penn's clock stopped ticking due to lack of motivation. (MMA Fighting)
"I want to fight. I want to be active. I want to make money. I want to get better and have more of these life experiences, and that's it. I want to stay busy. I don't want to sit on the shelf." - Penn
"I had a thousand chances to go train with Jon Fitch, but I knew I'm probably going to fight this guy one day, so let's be friends when we're done fighting." - Penn, on teammates fighting each other. (MMA Fighting)
"The style that got him all those wins, all these years is kind of backfiring on him now. I don't think people have figured it out, but he lays back a little too much. I think he needs to be more aggressive and come forward. And he's definitely gonna have to be that way with Couture." - UFC President Dana White, on Lyoto Machida's recent "struggles." (Cagewriter)
"This is what I think happened: A guy goes through his entire career, he's got this incredible elusive style, nobody can figure him out, he's explosive, got knockout power, but then once you start making a lot of money, it starts messing with your head and you start doing things differently. I think if Machida comes out like the old Machida, I think he can beat anybody in the world." - UFC President Dana White, on why Lyoto Machida needs to go back to his passive, elusive style. Mmhm. (MMA Live)
"He thinks that his performance against Matt Hughes wasn't what it could have been, and thinks he can beat Matt Hughes. He wants that fight again. Who am I to say?" - White, on Royce Gracie's request to return the Octagon in Rio at the age of 44. White booked Hughes for a date with Diego Sanchez. (MMA Mania)
"I imagine I could do whatever I wanted (with Nick Diaz)." - Dana White, sounding as sinister as ever. (MMA Mania)
"I can do all things through Christ. Toronto, can I get an amen?" - Ben Henderson, or how to silence an arena full of 55,000 fans. (UFC 129 telecast)
"I've emailed [NSAC Executive Director] Keith [Kizer] and asked him to put the request on the next agenda. We believe these monitors will be another look to help with the judges." - UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner. If the request passes, UFC 130 will be the first equipped with video monitors for judges sitting cageside. (MMA Fighting)
"I think I won over a lot of fans with my heart, and determination and conditioning. All I can do is grow from this as a fighter." - Mark Hominick, making light of the gigantic hematoma over his right eye. (Metro News)
"Why retire? To hang on to a couple of extra brain cells? All the old people die and all the young people live. We’re just getting ready for the bone yard." - Gary Goodridge, a probable victim of CTE. (Toronto Star)