UFC 144 Pre-Fight Press Conference Video

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Join us at Bloody Elbow for tonight's UFC 144 pre-fight press conference from the Ritz Carlton in Tokyo, Japan. We're expecting Dana White, UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, Ben Henderson, Quinton Jackson, Ryan Bader, Jake Shields, and Yoshihiro Akiyama to be in attendance for tonight's presser.

You can catch the action on the Youtube stream below the jump, but if that doesn't work for some reason you can always check it out over at MMA Fighting.

We'll update the post with highlights from the press conference as they happen.

Join us at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT to share your thoughts as the press conference unfolds.

[Update by Anton Tabuena] - Here's the video:


UPDATE - According to MMA Fighting, the press conference isn't going to be streamed now. But we'll do our best to provide live updates either way.

UPDATE 2 - Dave Farra (@DaveFarra) is providing live updates of the press conference. His tweets are below the jump if you'd like to know what he said. BE will post video of the event as soon as it pops up.

Main Card

Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson
Ryan Bader vs. Quinton Jackson
Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields
Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami
Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski
Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis

Preliminary Card

Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Vaughan Lee vs. Norifumi Yamamoto
Steve Cantwell vs. Riki Fukuda
Chris Cariaso vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Issei Tamura vs. Tiequan Zhang

SBN coverage of UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson

@DaveFarra updates:

Presser starts for : Dana says the card starts at 930a Japanese time. Dana says he loves Japan, it's great to be back.

Dana: Get ready Japan. This will be the most exciting live sporting event you've ever seen.

Dana: If I get booed (for not being very popular over here).... I can take some boos, but we didn't kill Pride. I respected Pride.

Rampage: I'm here relaxed. I don't get nervous until the day of the fight. I'm just glad to be in Japan.

Akiyama: I feel that Japan is in trouble now (due to earthquake). We want to put on good fights to cheer up Japanese people.

Rampage: In Japan I'm "incog-negro." The fans only recognize me when I'm wearing camo here. I blend in with all the other black folks here..

Jake Shields: This is my 7th time in Japan. I'm familiar, and I'm well prepared for Akiyama

Frankie: the more I keep winning, the more respect I will get. Ben is a solid contender, I will have my hands full.

Bader: this is kinda surreal being here, but Rampage is just another name. Another guy across the cage from me.

Dana: This is a great card, 7 fights on pay per view. Probably the most stacked card of the year.

Dana: Okami has been one of my favorite fighters for a long time. He deserves to be on the main card. He's one of the best.

Frankie: I wasn't surprised to see the WEC guys doing well in the UFC. I am excited to be fighting a new opponent, finally (after rematches)

Dana: Frankie is the ONLY fighter in UFC history to come back from 3 knock downs (against Maynard) and knock his opponent out

Dana: I don't know what happens to Akiyama and Gomi if they lose. It's a good question.

Akiyama on fighting at 170: I was a little worried at beginning of cut but I have no worries now.

Frankie: I want to stop being in such knock down battles, I don't like getting hit so much. Makes the after party suck.

Benson: The Japanese fans do a great job appreciating MMA. The subtle techniques. (everyone else: ditto)

Dana: we may use a Japanese ring girl this weekend.

Bader on first fight in Japan: this is cool, but it's business. I'll soak it in after the fight.

Dana: Japanese ring girl we are thinkin about hiring is Miss Japan. I think we're going to make that happen.

Rampage: I really respect how Japanese fans treat the fighters, but I have no idea why the fans are quiet when we fight, but I like it.

Rampage: I've lost a lot of fights because I wanted to put on a great fight for the fans. I'm doing that again, fighting like I'm 25 again.

Dana: Im curious if the event will be quiet here (like it has been for past MMA) or if it will be loud like everywhere else in world for UFC

Dana: I didn't kill Pride. Not true. They are the only other organization I have ever respected.

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