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UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami Conference Call Live Updates

Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami are all smiles at the UFC 134 press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. <em>Photo by <a href="" target="new"></a></em>
Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami are all smiles at the UFC 134 press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by

The UFC has scheduled a conference call at noon ET to promote UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami. Middleweight champion Anderson Silva and  challenger Yushin Okami will participate, along with former light heavyweight champions Forrest Griffin and Mauricio Rua, plus UFC President Dana White.

Follow Mike Fagan on Twitter for live updates. Check back to the post for a full recap of the proceedings.

Dana White

-We're going back to Brazil for the first time in 13 years next Saturday.
-Brazil has exploded in popularity for MMA and the UFC.
-We have a 14,000-seat arena down there, and we had 350,000 people online looking for tickets.
-Yushin Okami is the best fighter to come out of Japan. He didn't come up fighting cans, putting together a mythical record.
-From what I hear, the fight between Vitor and Anderson was huge down there.
-We keep talking about coming down to Mexico and other Latin America countries. Brazil is the first step.
-We have the logjam broken up at 205. We got that division going again.
-Shogun's probably two fights away to be considered for a title shot.
-As you go into every market, it's different. Different governments, different business styles.
-Brazil will be a zillion times easier than the UK and Europe has been. Brazil's economy is the 5th largest in the world.
-Anderson Silva is fighting for his legacy. Yushin Okami is fighting for respect.

Anderson Silva

-I'm happy to fight in Brazil. It's great for MMA and the UFC.
-I train for the best fighters in the world. I'm ready; I'm very excited for this fight. Okami is a good fighter.
-I win, maybe. Okami win? I don't know.
-The first fight with Okami, I didn't have the big experience in the cage.
-It's 50/50 (regarding more pressure fighting in Brazil).

Forrest Griffin

-There's no pressure to prove anything in the rematch.
-Beating Shogun is below winning TUF and winning the belt, but it was huge for my career at the time.
-Look around at 205 and find me the easy fight. There's no easy fights in the top ten.
-I think I was fighting in front of three or four thousand people the last time I fought in Brazil.
-You look at the Shogun that fought Chuck Liddell, that's the guy you prepare for. Hopefully that guy doesn't show up.
-It was his first fight in the UFC, the first fight in the cage. It's different now.

Mauricio Rua

-I always followed MMA/Vale Tudo as a kid. I loved fighting movies like Van Damme and action movies like Rambo.
-It's both (pressure fighting in Brazil). It's important, though, to fight near my family, near where I was born and raised.


UFC 134, also being referred to as UFC Rio, takes place August 27 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is the first UFC event in the country since Ultimate Brazil in 1998, and the first UFC event in Brazil under the Zuffa banner.

Silva and Okami first met in tournament for the Rumble on the Rock promotion in Honolulu, Hawaii. The referee disqualified Silva for throwing an illegal upkick in the middle of the first round. Silva is perfect in thirteen UFC fights, and he looks to defend his middleweight belt for a ninth time.

"Shogun" and Griffin meet in a rematch of a bout from UFC 76, the former's debut in the UFC. Griffin shocked the world when he submitted the then-number-one light heavyweight in the world with fifteen seconds left in the fight.

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