Eschewing their normal Tuesday slot, the UFC is hosting a media conference call at 2 p.m. ET to promote UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage. Scheduled to participate on the call are UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson, UFC Hall of Famer and former welterweight champion Matt Hughes, and Ultimate Fighter 1 alum Josh Koscheck. UFC President Dana White will also be present.
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Jon Jones is making his first defense of the title after beating Mauricio Rua for the belt at UFC 128. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is 2-1 in UFC title fights. He defeated Chuck Liddell at UFC 71 in 2007 to win the light heavyweight title.
Matt Hughes last fought last November at UFC 123. B.J. Penn knocked him out at the 21-second mark of the first round. Josh Koscheck has been recovering from a broken orbital bone that he suffered in his loss against UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre back in December.
Go back to my interviews with Eastman, Liddell, Henderson. I react the way people act toward me.
When I first met Jon at a press conference, he acted really cocky toward me.
Rampage (on Jones knocking him out): I'm not even gonna answer your question, homie.
I want to be the first person to beat Jon. I've looked at his fights, and he hasn't fought anyone like me.
After I relieve him of his first loss, he can go on to be the great fighter I know he can be.
Jon says I started talking trash, but he started at the first press conference.
You're mistaken. I can't remember specifics, but you were talking at the press conference sitting next to me.
I'm not even looking forward to fight Rashad. I don't like guys who fight that way.
Rashad talked a whole lot and failed to back it up.
You can tell Jon puts on his act in front of the camera. But when he got the belt, it got to his head a little bit.
In interviews he seems humble, but when you meet him he's real cocky.
If I had it my way, I would do very, very little media if possible.
I'll let him talk and have fun and let me look like the scared one.
The only thing that bothered me was the 'SpyGate' situation. It wasn't exactly the situation, but that people believed I would do it.
I'll have opponents that talk big in the future. This is just educating me.
I don't think this is the most pressure I've had to deal with.
I definitely have respect for Rampage. I think that's why I'm excited to fight him.
I looked up to Shogun because he was a Pride champ at 23, 24. It's different with Rampage. It's still an honor, though.
No, [I don't see it that way]. I've been waiting for an example for Rampage. I don't remember saying things at the press conference.
I haven't insulted him one bit, outside of saying I'll beat him in this fight.
People that insult me make me prepare better, make me fight better.
I don't have any anger heading into ths fight.
As far as any recollection of what was going on in the UFC when they were last in December, I have none.
Problem with the gym I opened was that it was an hour away from my house. I was sick of that more than anything else.
I knew what got me to where I am today, and it's not running businesses.
DW originally told me Fitch, then called me back later and said Koscheck.
I did 4 weeks of my camp in Salt Lake City [to prepare for altitude].
The fact that it's just me and another guy competing, that's the drive.
Ten months off is fine for me.
I picked up a lot from BJ. He's got a lot to offer. He's a very intelligent fighter and submission grappler.
BJ was able to recognize the mistakes from our fight and correct them. Mostly footwork.
Boxing footwork is very different from wrestling footwork, so it's been hard for me to adjust.
This is the last fight on my contract. After the fight, I'll talk to the UFC. My wife wanted me to retire after the BJ fight.
I've been back in training for 4-5 months.
Fighting Matt Hughes is a good comeback fight for me. I think the fans deserved this fight a long time ago.
Nothing against Canadians, but I want to fight closer to home.
Bob Cook called me and said I could fight Matt Hughes in 19 days. I said, 'Yep, let's go.'
Good thing about AKA Fresno is that I don't have to do anything. I have a partner that runs the thing.
Everyone at 170 was tied up, so I told the UFC I'd love to go up to 185. Do a rematch against Leben, or fight Wanderlei.
Not gunshy. I got right back in [to training]. I could have fought awhile ago, but I wanted to take some personal time.
I was only out with the injury for 3 months, then I was back in training. I'm always 2-3 weeks away from being ready for a fight.
I'm always in shape, and I've fought in that area before. I'll be ready.
I cut my toe off with a hatchet as a kid. The eye injury compares to that.
I always knew I was coming back from the injury.