BY MY COUNT, THIS WAS A SLOW WEEK FOR QUOTES
"I personally don’t believe that it is what it looks like." - Team Black House manage Ed Soares, on Chael Sonnen's positive steroid test following UFC 117. (MMA Weekly)
"I don’t know Chael [Sonnen] great, but I do like Chael. I consider him a friend. He’s cool." - Soares
"I just don’t see him doing that." - Soares. And I didn't think Elisabeth Moss would be into Scientology, but there you go.
"[Chael Sonnen] stayed in the same position during all fight. If he couldn't win in 30 minutes with me injured, could he win in a rematch?" - UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva. And if he's taking steroids in his campaign office on a Sunday evening, could he sell a house in downtown Portland on Monday morning? (Sherdog)
"It was carelessness on my part; my doctor gave me a earful for fighting with an injured rib." - Silva. I hope that was an earful of words.
COCKY OR HUMBLE? YOU BE THE JUDGE.
"I'm actually really sick of fighting this type of style. Matt Hamill, Matyushenko, Jake O'Brien...they all have that similar kind of style. Their main focus is that double leg dive and [they have] sub-par boxing." - Jon Jones fighting double leg diver and sub-par boxer Ryan Bader at UFC 127. (Fight Line)
"I’ve bathed myself in Anderson Silva." - Jones (Yahoo!)
"I think I'd have an advantage going into a fight with him because I've studied him so much." - Jones
"You can't really say you know Anderson Silva, because, like me, he can pull off pretty much anything he wants to pull off, whatever he trained for that specific fight." - Jones, sounding like Billy Idol during his scene in the Wedding Singer.
NO MONEY, MO' PROBLEMS
"People need to understand that I don't make a lot of money. I don't have any money; I spent it all on food." - Nick Diaz. Food and? Food and? Food and...smoking the reefer. (Shoot Media)
"I just want to fight and get paid. I'll act nice, if I'm paid to do that. Just let me know that's what I need to do to play the game." - Diaz
"I thought I'm a fighter, so I just kept it real like I always did." - Diaz, who kept it real with 600,000 strikes attempted according to CompuStrike in his fight against K.J. Noons on Saturday night.D
DAN HARDY IS LIKE MIKE BISPING WITH A BETTER SENSE OF HUMOR
"I've read I'll be grapple-[expletive]ed." - Dan Hardy. Mad lib the expletive. (ESPN UK)
"Skinny guy, tall, pale, screws his face up before a fight." - Dan Hardy, on Barry Pepper look-a-like Carlos Condit. (Telegraph UK)
STRIKEFORCE'S HEAVYWEIGHT CIRCUS
"Alistair, Fedor, Fabricio, Josh Barnett, ‘Bigfoot', Kharitonov, Andrei Arlovski, Brett Rogers, all those guys are all going to fight each other in 2011. We’re not going to hold anything back." - Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, who hopes to be as successful as Showtime's Super Six experiment. (Sherdog)
"When I left the [Werdum] fight I understood the whole situation and said right away that my opponent will avoid me for as long as possible." - Fedor Emelianenko. In Russia, irony speaks you. (Bloody Elbow)
"They singlehandedly destroyed the legacy Fedor had with all their weird demands and strange comments during the year." - Alistair Overeem, on M-1 Global. (ValeTudo.ru)
"Are you [expletive] nuts? [Aldo is] potential future pound-for-pound king." - UFC President Dana White, who wants you to know that Jose Aldo is not the number one pound-for-pound fight under any circumstances. (CSN California)
"You guys have a guy named Ben Henderson ranked above this guy?" - Josh Thomson, reprimanding the MMA media for Henderson's spot over Gesias Cavalcante. Thomson then openly criticized a judge for giving him the third round in his victory over "JZ" on Saturday night. (MMA Fighting)
"I'm not superman, and I'm not unbeatable. I'm an ordinary human, with my own flaws." - Fedor Emelianenko. Excellency, fiddlesticks. My name's Fedor, and I'm a man, same as you.
"I think if he wants a rematch, that’s because he knows deep down inside his soul that I beat him." - Michael Bisping, still pining for a rematch with Wanderlei Silva. (MMA Mania)
"I think it's important that fighters know, before going to Japan, you should have a deal that either gives you your money up front or in some kind of escrow account, to make sure the money is available after the fight." - Ralek Gracie, shockingly still unpaid for his fight with Kazushi Sakuraba in Dream. (MMA Fighting)