UFC 230: Post-fight Press Conference
07
August

By Stevie Adams / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /


>>>YOU MENTIONED HE WAS AMBITIOUS. THERE WAS SOMETHING ABOUT HIM POSSIBLY FIGHTING ROCKHOLD SOON. WOULD YOU LIKE HIM TO WORK HIS WAY UP THROUGH THE MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION?>>THAT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. WHO SHOULD HE FIGHT TYPE THING? IT’S NOT TRUE. WE HAVE AN OPPONENT IN MIND FOR HIM.>>DOES HIS RISE REMIND YOU AT ALL OF CONOR’S RISE OF TALKING SMACK AND BEATING OPPONENTS FAVORED AGAINST HIM?>>I THINK HE’S A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PERSON THAN CONOR. A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PERSONALITY THAN CONOR. OBVIOUSLY A VERY DIFFERENT FIGHTING STYLE THAN CONOR. I WOULDN’T COMPARE THOSE TWO AT ALL.>>GENTLEMAN WAS SAYING ISRAEL WANTS TO BE THE BACK UP ON THAT CARD. SO WE’LL SEE.>>HAVE YOU TALKED TO DIAZ?>>NO.>>DO YOU THINK THAT — WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HIM IN THE FUTURE STILL HAPPEN?>>I’M NOT INTERESTED. WE CALL THOSE GUYS AND WE OFTEN FIGHT.>>THE CARD STILL DOMINATED. STILL CRUSHED WITHOUT HIM. ACTUAL FORGOT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ON THE CARD.>>IT’S A BIT OF A CHANGE OF PACE. ANIMOSITY IN THE PREVIOUS FIGHT WEEK. HOW NICE AND RELAXING IS IT FOR YOU TO HAVE A CALM SMOOTH SAILING AND ALMOST JOVIAL FIGHT WEEK.>>I’M DE. TALK A LITTLE LOUDER.>>THERE WAS A LOT OF ANIMOSITY. THIS IS COMPLETE OPPOSITE. HOW NICE IS IT TO HAVE A NICE, JOVIAL FIGHT WEEK?>>IT IS WHAT IT IS. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE PEOPLE DON’T LIKE EACH OTHER. ISRAEL AND BRUNSON WEREN’T VERY FRIENDLY. THERE WAS ANIMOSITY BETWEEN THOSE TWO BUT THAT’S NORMAL. PEOPLE FIGHT FOR A LIVING AND YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE THE GUYS THAT DON’T LIKE EACH OTHER THE GUYS THAT TOTALLY RESPECT EACH OTHER AND HAVE NO PROBLEMS. IT’S ALL GOOD TO ME. WE WERE READY FOR ALL THE STUFF THAT HAPPENED AND IB WAS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT NOT TO LET FANS COME TO THAT THING. AND CUBEEB GOT OVER THAT FENCE AND WE EHAD THE WHOLE THING WRAPPED UP IN LESS THAN 40 SECONDS. I DIDN’T PUT THE BELT ON HIM. ALL GOOD.>>YOU TOUCHED ON THE LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION. HAVE YOU HAD ANY THOUGHTS ON HOW YOU’RE GOING TO PROCEED WITH THAT?>>PROCEED WITH THE DIVISION?>>YES.>>WE’RE ON THE NUMBER NFB STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION. WE’RE WAITING FOR NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER. WHEN THAT THING PLAYS OUT, THEN WE’LL KNOW WHERE WE SIT. THEN WE’LL KNOW WHAT’S NEXT.>>AND I CAN DON’T KNOW IF YOU SAW CONOR’SINATE POST.>>CONOR AND I TALKED FOR AN HOUR LAST WEEK AND TYPICAL CONOR. I WOULD LOVE AN IMMEDIATE REMATCH. BUT I’LL FIGHT WHOEVER I GOT TO FIGHT IF THAT’S NOT THE CASE.>>AND DO YOU BELIEVE THIS IS DO OR DIE FOR HIM?>>DO I THINK THAT WHAT?>>THIS IS HIS LAST CHANCE.>>IT’S JOHN JONES. HAD ANOTHER MISTAKE LEADING UP TO THIS FIGHT IT WOULD BE — YOU KNOW, IT WOULD BLOW HIS CAREER. YEAH.>>JUST SPEAKING OOF THE WELTERWEIGHT AND LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION, HAVE YOU HAD ANY CONTACT WITH SAINT PIERRE. IT’S BEEN — WOULD THAT AT ALL BE CONSIDERED WHEN THINKING ABOUT WHAT COULD BE THE FIRST FIGHT?>>HAVEN’T TALKED TO GSP AT ALL. NO.>>OBVIOUSLY HE WAS DRAWN TO GO BACK TO MIDDLEWEIGHT BECAUSE OF THIS RIVALRY WITH WIDEMAN. NOW THAT WIDEMAN’S LOST, WOULD YOU BE LOOKING AT POSSIBLY LETTING HIM GO UP TO LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT AND FIGHT A GUY LIKE AN ANTHONY SMITH OR SOMEONE LIKE THAT?>>I’VE ALWAYS BEEN COOL WITH THAT. HE’S HAVING PROBLEMS WITH HIS LEG. HE’S GOT BIGGER ISSUE THAN WHERE HE WANTS TO FIGHT. EVERY TIME HE GETS BETTER AND TRIES TO GET INTO CAMP TO GET IN SHAPE, HIS LEG KEEPS SPLITTING OPEN. SO HE’S GOT TO FIGURE THAT OUT BEFORE WE CAN THINK OF ANOTHER OPPONENT FOR HIM.>>JUST LAST ONE FROM ME. I KNOW WE HAVE TOBATE FOR THE COMMISSION TO UNFOLD. IF HE WAS TO FIGHT AGAIN, THEY WANT $50 MILLION PAY DAY. IS THAT REALISTIC FOR HIM FOR HIS NEXT FIGHT?>>SURE. COME ON.>>WHAT — WHAT IS REALISTIC FOR HIM?>>THEY KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION. IT’S FUN TO SAY THOUGH. ABOUT IT 50 MILLION. GO AHEAD.>>YOU WANT TASTAY IN THE BOXING WORLD TO DO SOME PROMOTIONS.>>I’M WORKING ON IT. I RR BEEN FLYING AROUND FOR THE LAST FEW WEEKS WORKING ON BOXING DEALS. SOON. SOON, MY FRIEND. I’M COMING.>>COULD IT BE ANDERSON SLOEFBAU?>>ANYBODY IS POSSIBLE RIGHT NOW FOR HIM.>>YOU DID SAY YOU HAVE AN OPPONENT IN MIND FOR HIM.>>YSHTS DO HAVE ONE. I’M NOT ANNOUNCING IT TONIGHT. BUT I HAVE ONE IN MIND. I HAVEN’T EVEN TALKED TO ISRAEL YET. HE TEXT ME AFTER THE FIGHT AND THAT’S IT. I HAVEN’T TALKED TO HIM, SEEN HIM, NOTHING. SO WHEN I SEE HIM, WE’LL TALK. WHAT’S UP, BUDDY? TER >>WHAT’S UP? YOU GUYS WANT HIM NEXT? WHO’S UP. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT EVERYBODY.>>CONGRATS ON THE WIN. YOU SAID YOU WERE GOING TO MAKE LIGHT WAKE OF BRUNSON THIS EVENING.>>PAUL GAVE ME AN A-PLUS BECAUSE THERE WAS SOME THINGS I WAS TRYING TO GET DONE THAT I WASN’T ABLE TO ESTABLISH, LIKE MY JAB. SO IT WAS LIGHT WORK. I HAD A STROLL IN THE GARDEN OR WALK IN THE GARDEN.>>PROBABLY THE BEST STRIKER. DO YOU FEEL THAT WAY?>>YEAH. BUT I WANT TO PROVE I’M THE BEST FIGHTER. MY EGO IS WHAT DROVE ME HERE BECAUSE I KNOW I’M THE BEST STRIKER IN THE WORLD BUT I’VE SEEN TOO MANY STREET FIGHTS END UP ON THE GROUND AND I NEVER FEEL VULNERABLE IN ANY SITUATION. I NEVER WANT TO FEEL LIKE ANOTHER GUY CAN HAVE ME. SO YEAH, MY EGO IS WHAT DROVE ME HERE AND A LOT OF GUYS WON’T DARE STEP IN HERE. A GUY LIKE JAMES TONY HAD BALLS TO STEP IN HERE AND DO WORK. I HAVE TO TAKE TIME, LEARN THE CRAFT OF MMA, GRAPPLING, IMMERSE MYSELF IN IT. I FORGIVE YOU BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DO. THIS IS NOT STRIKING. THIS IS NOT BOXING, THIS IS MMA, THE UFC. I THINK THIS IS THE PINNACLE OF COMBAT SPORTS. NOT BEST KICKER. IF YOU WANT TO BE THE BEST FIGHTER IN THE WORLD, THIS IS WHERE YOU PROVE IT.>>AT THE BEGINNING YOU WERE YELLING OUT.>>IF YOU, ON YOUR FIRST EXCHANGE, WHEN YOU COME AT ME FIRST THING IT DOES IS GRAB MY SHORTS BLATANTLY. AND SECOND TIME WAS SO BLATANT I WAS LIKE WHAT THE — DUDE? IF HE’S DOING ETHAT EARLY ON, YOU KNOW HE WASN’T PREPARED. HE WAS CLUTCHING AT STRAWS IF YOU WILL. HE’S PANICKING FROM THE GET GO. ANYTIME YOU SAW ME OUTSIDE OF CAMERAS AND STUFF, I’M LIKE I’LL SEE YOU TOMORROW. BUT HE WAS ALREADY PANICKING SO I KNEW HE WAS GOING TO COME AT ME.>>YOU STOPPED A TON OF HIS TAKE DOWNS. >>I’VE BEEN STUFFING TAKE DOWNS BEHIND THE SCENES. I RR BEEN STUFFING TAKE DOWNS ALL MY YEARS IN THE UFC. PIZZA PS COMING UP. AND YEAH, I REALLY — EVEN THE FIRST ONE BECAUSE MY RESTING COACH IS A LOT SMARTER AND SHARPER. SO HE CAME AT ME IN A DIFFERENT FRAME RATE. DEREK CAME AT ME IN THE LOWEST FRAME RATE. I WAS SURPRISED. ALTHOUGH I WENT AT HIM WITH A DIFFERENT SPEED. HIS TAKE DOWN WAS SO SLOW AND I FELT HIM AGAINST THE CAGE. I TURNED HIM AWAY. I SPUN AROUND. SO I LET HIM TURN ME BACK AND YEAH, I JUST DID WHATEVER I WANT AFTER I BROKE AWAY.>>AND LAST THING FOR ME. HE SAYS THEY VAN IDEA. DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ON THE INSIDE?>>LET ME BRING UP MY CASE NOTES. SO YOU HAVE — BEFORE THE FIGHT, I DEADANT WANT TO SAY I — CHRIS WIDEMAN IS THE ONLY GUY I FELT IF HE WON SPECTACULAR FASHION, HE WOULD BE NEXT IN LINE. BUT NOW THAT THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN, YOU HAVE JACERY WHOSE HAS LOST TO BOTH ROBERT AND — YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE THAT. JARED DID WELL TONIGHT. I DIDN’T SEE THE FIGHT. BUT I KNOW HE DID WELL IN THE THIRD ROUND. BUT I GOT MINE DONE IN THE FIRST ROUND. SO I LEAP TOWARDS THAT. JO-EL, DIDN’T MAKE IT. UNRELIABLE AND HE DIDN’T MAKE WEIGHT. ROCKHOLD MAKES WEIGHT BUT UNRELIABLE. PULLOUT GAME STRONG. WHO ELSE DO WE HAVE? SOMETHING FRESH. LIKE SOMETHING THAT JUST MAKES SENSE LIKE A RIVALRY. IF HE WINS — SUP GUNS. IF HE WINS, ROBERT, IF HE WINS AGAINST CALVIN, WE STILL DO IT. AMERICANA AGAINST THE BLACK KIWI. HE SAID I WANT TO MAKE CRAZY MONEY. I WAS LIKE YEAH, LET’S MAKE CRAZY MONEY. SO IT MAKES SENSE. HE WAS ALL BUT THE RANKINGS. WHO MAKES THE RANKINGS? CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHO MAKES THE RANKINGS? HAVE YOU EVER FOUGHT BEFORE?>>YEAH.>>NO, HE DID IT. NO, HE DID. COME ON, MAN. [ BLEEP] RANKINGS. KILL YOU. TESTIFY. BUT WHAT MAKES SENSE IS WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT TO SEE AND THEY WANT TO SEE ME. THEY DON’T WANT TO SEE THE SAME HOLE GUYS WEAVELER CHANCES AFTER CHANCES AT TITLE SHOTS. I GOT TOLD TODAY I’M THE ONLY GUY. FOUR SHOTS IN 2018 WINNING, THE ONLY GUY IN UFC. AND COME ON. SO HE HAS HIS IDEAS. I KNOW DANA CAN BE PERSUADED. PEOPLE CAN SHIFT. THE PEOPLE WANT TO SEE ME — LET IT BE KNOWN AND THEY’LL BEND TO YOUR WILL.>>SO CONGRATULATIONS. EARLY IN THE EXCHANGE YOU THREW THE QUESTION MARK CAN KICK ON THE LEAD SIDE. LATER YOU THREW THE QUESTION MARK FROM THE REAR SIDE AND THAT’S STARTED THE DOWN FALL.>>THE SECOND ONE.>>WAS THAT I’LL SHOW YOU KIND OFF A THING?>>I DIDN’T SET TUP ENOUGH. FOR PEOPLE YOU HAVE TO SLOW COOK THEM. SO I DID WHAT I WANTED TO DO. SO I DID WHAT YAB WANTED TO DO TO SET THEM UP AND I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO MY COACH BECAUSE HE EVEN SAID CHILL, CHAMP, CHILL. AND THEN EVENTUALLY ON MY KNEE AND THE SECOND ONE WAS LIKE A 4 BY TWO. I HIT HIM WITH A QUESTION MARK KICK AND A PUNCH STRAIGHT AWAY. HE WASN’T REALLY ON JELLY LEGS. HE WAS ON THE DOUGIE DOUGIE THE WHOLE TIME. HE WAS DOING THE DOUGIE FOR A MINUTE AND A BIT. Y I’M NOT A BUM LIKE HIM. YOU SAW HOW HE FOUGHT WHITKER. HE BUM RUSHED HIM. AND THEY GAS OUT. I PICK MY SHOTS LIKE A SURGEON. I LOOK AND I WASN’T HITTING HIM HARD. ALL I WANT TO DO IS TOUCH HIM. I SHOULD SAY PAUSE BUT I’M GOING TO SAY PLAY. ALL I WANT TO DO IS TOUCH THEM AND EVENTUALLY THEY FALL. I TOLD THEM TOUCH THE CHIN AND I DID.>>THANK YOU.>>SO TO CLARIFY WITH THE RANKINGS, YOU CAN SEE ON UFC.COM THE LIST OFF MEDIA MEMBERS WHO DO COMPRISE THE RANKINGS. SO YOU CAN NAME AND SHAME >>I WILL GOOGLE THEM. SAY MAYBE RETIRED FIGHTERS OR PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN IMMERSED IN IT, WHO HAVE BEEN IN THERE IN SOME SENSE. IN ANY OTHER CAGE. BUT IF YOU’RE SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE SPORT AND YOU START DECIDING THIS GUY’S BETTER THAN THIS GUY. IT’S LIKE THE JUDGING IS GETTING BETTER. NOT REALIZING JUST BECAUSE HE’S ON TOP HE’S WINNING. IT’S EVOLVING. THIS IS A NEW SPORT. IT’S ONLY BEEN AROUND SINCE 1993. YEAH. I’LL LOOK THAT UP. I WILL. I APPRECIATE THAT.>>MY QUESTION WERE YOU ACTUALLY REALLY MAD ABOUT THE SHORT GRAB? YOU FLIPPED HIM OFF.>>THAT’S CHEATING. ONLY TO THE ONES. HE DID TWICE. WATCH THE TAPE. LITERALLY WATCH THE TAPE. HE DID THE FIRST THING HE DID WHEN HE SHOT, HE GRABBED ON MY RIGHT SIDE AND I KIND OF GLANCED. AND THEN THE SECOND TIME WAS SO BLATANT BECAUSE HE’S PANICKING, HE WAS SCARED. I NEED TO TAKE THIS GUY DOWN AND THING IS I KIND OF HALF HOPE HE DID. I WANTED TO HALF HOPE. SO I CAN JUST SHOW HIM WHAT WAS UP AND WHENB I SWEEP HIM, SHOW HIM WHAT MY TOP GAME PS LIKE. A LOT OF PEOPLE KEEP THINKING HE’S JUST A KICK BOXER. ONLY THE SMARTEST COACHES WOULD SEE WHAT I’M DOING AND THIS GUY’S GAME BITTER. HE SAID ON SOMETHING A STORY OR SOMETHING. HE SAID I SEEN HIM BEAT BRAD. HE CAN FIGHT OKAY. WHO’S OKAY NOW? WHO’S SKINNY NOW? HUH? YOU GOT BUDDIED BY A SKINNY — WATCH ME.>>CONGRATS. WHAT’S UP, BABY. WE SPOKE EARLIER THIS WEEK. YOU WERE ALL ABOUT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN. DESCRIBE THE ATMOSPHERE AND DOMINATING IN MADISON SQUARE GARDEN. DESCRIBE HOW GOOD IT FEELS TO GET THAT VICTORY.>>YEAH, IT WAS DOPE. I PICK SOMETHING THAT I’VE BEEN VIBING ON LATELY AND NOTHING’S GROOVIER THAN “SMILE B –” WHAT? AND I JUST CAME OUT. I WAS FEELING MYSELF AND HIS TRACK WAS DOPE AS WELL BY LIL’ WAYNE. HE HELD ME OUT WITH THAT ONE. BUT I JUST FELT — AND EVEN IN THE CAGE I CAN COULD READ WHAT HE WAS DOING. HE CAME IN, RAN PAST ME, KIND OF GLANCED A LITTLE BIT AND HE’S LIKE OKAY I’M GOING TO LOOK AT HIM NOW. AND I LULLED HIM INTO A SOFT THING LIKE — I MADE HIM LOOK INTO MY EYE HYPNOTIZED HIM A LITTLE BIT. AND I DID MY THING. BUT I LOVED THE VIBE. I ALWAYS WAIT AND THILT SHAKU, SHAKU AND GIVE THEM A GALLOP. I CHASED THAT DRAGON. SINCE MY DEBUT OF MY FIRST FIGHT, YOU DO SOMETHING CRAZY PEOPLE ROAR AND IT JUST FILLS YOUR INARJ, FILLS YOUR SOUL. EVENTUALLY ALL THIS IS GOING TO GO AWAY AND I CAN GO COLD TURKEY ANYTIME. BUT I LOVE THAT. WHERE IT REALLY DAWNS ON ME IS IN THE SHOWER BECAUSE THAT’S WHEN YOU’RE ALONE WITH YOUR THOUGHTS AND YOU GET TO — AND NEXT TIME CAN YOU PUT ME IN A BETTER HOTEL? BECAUSE I WAS THAT MGM. I GOT THE BEST COACH ADJACENT TO MY COACHES AND THE SHOWER WAS LIKE YO, I COULD RUN AROUND AND DO LAPS. I LAY ON THE FLOOR AND THREAT WATER RUN OVER ME. THAT WAS NICE TO BREATHE AND SOAK IT ALL IN. I’M GOING TO DO THAT IN THE SHOWER ANYWAY. BUT I ENJOYED IT. I TLUB VIBE.>>FOUR WINS, EIGHT MONTHS. YOU’VE BEEN CRUSHING IT. YOUV RR BEEN BUSTING YOUR AS FOR YEARS. DIE HARDS KNOW THAT FOR SURE. YOU KICKED OFF THE PAY-PER-VIEW. DO YOU DESERVE A CO MAIN ESFLENT ARE YOU GOING TO WAIT OUT FIVE MONTH SNZ >>MAIN EVENT.>>JANUARY? JUNE? WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>SO THE LAST TWO CHRISTMASES AND IT’S SUMMER RIGHT NOW. THE LAST TWO CHRISTMASES I HAVEN’T ENJOYED IT LIKE I WOULD. I RRHAD A FIGHT IN JANUARY OR FEBRUARY. BUT [ BLEEP] THAT THIS TIME. BOTH MY FRIENDS ARE GETTING MARRIED IN DEB AND I’M GOING TO DO A LITTLE EUROPE TOUR. I CAN’T GET FAT. I TRY. BUT I’M GOING TO EAT THE GREAT FOOD. DON’T GET ME WRONG. ADALAY’S NOT FAR AWAY. I’LL BRING MY MOUTH PIECE JUST IN CASE. IT’S SMART TO TAKE MY FOOT OFF THE PEDAL BECAUSE BREAKING NEWS I ALMOST PULLED OUT OF THIS FIGHT. LITERALLY THREE DAYS, LIKE MAYBE E TWO DAYS FROM PULLING OUT THIS FIGHT. I WAS LIMPING. AND I POSTED A VIDEO. BUT MY KNEE WAS SO INFLAMED AND SHUT OUT TO MY DAD. HE KIND OF LIKE SAID TAKE SOME TIME OFF AND EUGENE AGREED AND SAID WE’LL SEE HOW WE EFEEL AND MAKE THE CALL AND WITHIN THREE DAYS KNEE WAS GETTING BETTER AND I HAD CORT ZONE SHOT. AND YEAH. THREE DAYS WAS FEELING SO MUCH BETTER AND I GOT BACK TO THE GYM AND STARTED KILLING IT. BUT I’M GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE SURGERY TO TAKE AWAY WHATEVER INJURY. HE SHOWED ME ON THE BONE THING AND SHOWED ME WHAT IT WAS. MENISCUS, THE THING, MUJIGGY. SOE SOAK IT ALL IN. ALL YOU MIDDLEWEIGHTS, STAY READY BECAUSE I’LL STAY READY.>>SO JUST QUICKLY YOU MENTIONED YOU WANT TO BE THE FILL IN — WITH THE SURGERY OBVIOUSLY THERE’S NO CHANCE YOU CAN BE THE BACK UP AND GET FIGHTING MELVIN?>>I FOUGHT INJURED SO MANY TIMES SO MANY YEARS. I’VE BEEN A LOT MORE PROACTB. PROACTIVE. NO HAPPY ENDING. JUST TO MAKE SURE MY WHOLE SYSTEM IS RUNNING. I’M JUST ABOUT TO HIT MY PRIME. WHEN I WAS YOUNGER — I’M GOOD AT THAT. HAVE TO BE SMARTER. YOU CAN’T COME IN — YOU AVOID ANY KIND OF INJURY AS YOU CAN. BUT YEAH I’LL SEE. I’LL SEE HOW I FEEL BECAUSE I GET ITCHY KNUCKLES AND FEET IF I SIT AROUND. WHEN I WAS POSTING SQUIDWARD, THAT WAS THAT WEEK BECAUSE I WAS SO BOARD. I WAS AT HOME — I GET REAL AGGRAVATE FD I DON’T TRAIN AND LET THAT TESTOSTERONE OUT. YEAH, I’LL SEE. SOMETIMES I GET ITCHY FEET, ITCH EY KNUCKLES.>>ANDERSON SILVA. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF A POTENTIAL FIGHT AGAINST HIM? HE’S A LEGEND IN THE GAME.>>REHE’S NORMAL. YEAH, ANDERSON GOT LIFTED. SO HE BACK. BUT I ALREADY CALLED HIM OUT. YOUR IDOLS BECOME YOUR RIVALS. I’VE ALREADY SEEN HIM ON THE DVD BUT UFC 90 WHEN HE DISMANTLED PATRICK ODAY WITH SO MANY DIFFERENT STYLES AND MOVES. HIS BRAIN — LIKE THAT WAS AMAZING. IF A SKINNY BLACK GUY CAN DO THIS AND HAVE THIS RUN, I’M A SKINNY BLACK GUY I CAN DO THAT. SO THAT FIGHT INTERESTED ME BUT WE DON’T HAVE TO. I DON’T HAVE TO IF I DON’T WANT TO BECAUSE LEAVE HIM ALONE. LET HIM BE GREAT.>>MEADTEORIC RISE IS WHAT’S COMING UP.>>I DO SOME DUMB SHUT THOUGH.>>AS LONG AS YOUR FIGHT IQ, WHAT DO YOU SEE YOUR MARKETING ABILITY IN REGARDS TO MOVING FORWARD WITH DEREK LOSING GETTING A POP EYES? SHOUT OUT. DO YOU SEE YOURSELF BRANCHING OFF INTO THAT WITH SPONSOR SNZ >>WE’RE IN NEW YORK. AND THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE SAY STYLES IS ALL THE WAY UP, ALL THE WAY UP. ALL THE PEOPLE THAT SAID NO — IS THAT RED ONE? A EVERYONE THAT SAID NO, EVERYONE THAT SAID MAYBE LATER, MAYBE — THE PRICE IS QUAD RUPLING, EVERY SINGLE FIGHT. SO PAY ME — [ BLEEP] YOU.>>GREAT WIN. ON TWO OF THE JUDGE’S SCORE CARDS THEY HAD WIDEMAN WINNING. DID YOU FEEL A SENSE OURNLANCY GOING INTO THE THIRD ROUND?>>Translator: I KNEW THAT WHEN I CONNECT MY HANDS THE FIGHT COULD BE OVER. I COULD SEE HE WAS LOSING HIS POWER THROUGH THE ROUNDS. SO THAT WAS MY GAME PLAN.>>DID THE NOSE BLEED AT ALL EFFECT YOUR BREATHING THROUGHOUT THE FIGHT?>>Translator: I TASTE THE BLOOD AND I FEEL LIKE YEAH, LET’S DO THIS.>>SO WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU? BIG WIN OBVIOUSLY ON A TOP FIVE CONTENDER. DO YOU FEEL YOU WANT TO GET A TITLE SHOT NEXT? OR DO YOU WANT TO DO ANOTHER FIGHT AGAINST ANOTHER TOP FIVE?>>I DESERVE THIS CHANCE.>>Translator: I BELIEVE I GOT TO GO FORWARD AND FIGHT FOR THE TITLE SHOT. BUT NOW IT’S CLEAR THE CHANCE IS IN FRONT OF ME. TO FIGHT THE WINNER.>>SO TO CONTINUE WITH WHAT THE GENTLEMAN SAID AS YOU HEARD YOU WERE LOSING ON SCORE CARDS. IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT BEFORE, DOES THIS IMPACT YOU AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST COMEBACK WINS OF YOUR YEAR PERHAPS. HOW DOES THIS RANK UP WITH SOME OF YOUR WINS?>>Translator: I’M A BIG FAN OF HIM AND IN MY OPINION A GREAT VICTORY OF MY CAREER.>>AND LAST QUESTION. YOU MADE CONCERTED EFFORT TO GO ETO THE BODY MORE SO THAN I THINK MOST OF US CAN REMEMBER IN YOUR PREVIOUS FIGHTS. IS THAT A STRATEGY GOING FORWARD OR SOMETHING THAT’S OPEN FOR YOU?>>Translator: YOU’RE GOING TO SEE IT FAILED MY PUNCH BEFORE ON THE BODY AND I STRETCHED MY HAND AND KEPT IT PUSHING.>>THE ENDS OF THE FIGHT WHEN HE WAS KNOCKED OUT, IT SEEMED LIKE THE REFEREE DIDN’T WANT TO STOP THE FIGHT BUT YOU DID. CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENED THERE?>>I KNEW THE WAY HE FELL THE FIGHT WAS OVER. CONTINUE PUNCHING HIM. BUT I CAN KNEW THE FIGHT WAS OVER. KIND OF VERY PUSS WOULD THE JUDGES ABOUT THAT.>>DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT YOU SAID TO HIM?>>Translator: I KNEW I COULD NOT TALK TO THE JUDGE AND I TOLD HIM IT’S DONE.>>A FAMILY THAT LIKES VICE VERSA. IS THAT TRUE YOUR WIFE CALLED AFTER THE FIGHT?>>WE HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS, WE BOTH HAVE FAMILY. I LIKE HIS FAMILY, MY FAMILY LIKES HIS FAMILY. I KNOW THAT HE LIKES THE FAMILY VICE VERSA. FOR ME REALLY MAKES SURE THAT HE WAS ALL RIGHT AND MY WIFE TOLD ME TO MAKE SURE IT’S ALL RIGHT. WE LIKE EACH OTHER AS A FAMILY AND A PEOPLE AND A PERSON AS WELL.>>IF YOU DO GET THE TITLE SHOT, WHO WOULD YOU RATHER FIGHT? IT IT. >>Translator: WINNER. THE WINNER.>>YOU DON’T HAVE A PREFERENCE? WHO DO YOU THINK WINS?>>Translator: I DON’T THINK WHO IS GOING TO WIN. I JUST WANT TO GET THERE WINNER AND SMASH. I WANT TO RUN TO THE WINNER AND I NEVER LOSE A REMATCH AND I NEVER LOST A REMATCH.>>SPEAKING OF TODAY, WHAT DID YOU THINK OF HIS PERFORMANCE?>>IMPRESSIVE. HE’S AN IMPRESSIVE FIGHTER. BUT WHAT HE DID TODAY, SO YOU GOT TO GO TO MORE FIGHTS TO GET HIS CHANCE FOR A TITLE SHOT AS WELL. AND I DID IT BETTER THAN HIM TWICE.>>HOW DO YOU THINK A FIGHT BETWEEN YOU TWO WOULD PLAY OUT IF YOU FOUGHT HIM RIGHT NOW?>>GOING TO FIGHT FOR THE TITLE SHOT. DOES NOT MAKE SENSE.>>MAKES NO SENSE. NAPKINS, NAPKINS. WE GOT PIZZA EHERE.>>AT THE END OF THE SECOND ROUND, WAS GIVEN A SCORE AT THE MOMENT. YOU WON A SECOND ROUND PRETTY CLOSE. YOU GOT TO KEEP THE BODY AND THE HAT, KEEP PRESSURE ON IT.>>Translator: SO THIS TIME WHEN I LOOK THAT SCORE CARD, TWO JUDGES GAVE TWO ROUNDS. YOU THING THAT WOULD HAPPEN AGAIN?>>IT’S HORRIBLE. I NEVER WON A CLOSE FIGHT. THEY NEVER GIVE TO ME. I COME TO THE OCTAGON AND PUT THE GUYS SOME HEADS OUT.>>THANK YOU, GUYS.>>CAN YOU TELL US HOW YOU THOUGHT THINGS UNFOLDED TONIGHT.>>I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW YOU’RE ASKING ME QUESTIONS AFTER I LOST?>>DO YOU NOT FEEL LIKE SPEAKING TO US TONIGHT?>>NAH.>>IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADDRESS AT ALL?>>HE DID WHAT WE THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO DO. HE WRESTLED. POINT BLANK. I WAS FEELING GOOD IN THE SECOND ROUND. HAD GOOD MOVEMENT GOING AND CHANGES WENT FOR THE TAKE DOWN. WE THOUGHT WE COULD REALLY FINISH THE FIGHT IN THE THIRD. EVERYTHING WAS GOOD. WE JUST HAD TO WAIT UNTIL THE THIRD ROUND TO REALLY TURN IT AROUND.>>WHAT DID DANIEL SAY TO YOU?>>HE SAID KEEP MY HEAD UP, BASICALLY AND KEEP GOING.>>WHAT DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR FUTURE? YOU’VE BEEN THE MOST ACTIVE HEAVYWEIGHT ROSTER. YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO TIME OFF NOW?>>HOPEFULLY I WON’T HAVE TO FIGHT ANYMORE THIS YEAR, GET SOME TIME OFF. >>OBVIOUSLY YOU TOOK THE FIGHT VERY SHORT NOTICE. YOU SAID ALL THE RIGHT THINGS LEADING UP TO IT. ARE YOU IN THE SHAPE THAT YOU SAID YOU WERE IN? ARE YOU AS HEALTHY AS YOU WERE SAYING PREFIGHT?>>WHEN YOU LOOK BACK, YOU THINK MAYBE WISH YOU HAD TIME PREPARE EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE HAVING THE FIGHT THREE WEEKS AGO.>>I WAS FEELING THIS. I’VE BEEN WRESTLING AND LEARN HOW TO DO WRESTLING DEFENSE. SO NOTHING NEW.>>YOU SAID IN THE POST FIGHT THAT YOU DID CATCH HIM WITH ONE COMING IN. YOU RECALL THAT ONE AND WAS THERE ANYTHING TO BUILD ON FROM THERE DO YOU THING FROM YOU?>>NOT REALLY. I DIDN’T FEEL ANYTHING. IF I DID HIT HIM I DIDN’T FEEL IT.>>THERE WERE SOME GAINS, FINANCIAL SPONSORSHIP WISE. A GOOD EXPERIENCE OVERALL, DO YOU THINK?>>OF COURSE.>>A LOT OF GOOD WRESTLING GET UPS. WERE YOU EXPECTING THAT LOW SINGLE WITH THE ANKLE PICK AND GETTING REAL LOW ON YOU. WAS THAT IN THE CAMP THAT YOU’VE BEEN WORKING ON OR THAT NOT COME UP?>>NO SHS HE DID PRETTY GOOD ON THAT. I GUESS THAT’S PART OF THE CHAIN WRESTLING.>>DO YOU THINK HE COULD BE ONE OF THE GREATEST HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHTERS OF ALL TIME WHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE FOR HIM?>>I DON’T KNOW SHS MAN. SHUT. THIS IS THE SECOND HE HEAVYWEIG FIGHT. I DON’T KNOW.>>>DANIEL, HERE TO YOUR LEFT. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOUR HISTORIC VICTORY. FIRST FIGHTER TO DEFEND TWO WEIGHT CLASSES.>>I TOLD YOU FOR A LONG TIME I WANTED TO BE REMEMBERED WHEN I LEFT THIS SPORT AND I THINK WHEN YOU GET INTO DOING THINGS THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE, THAT INSURES THAT I WILL ALWAYS BE THOUGHT OFF WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE GREATEST FIGHTERS OF ALL TIME. IT’S A TRULY, TRULY AMAZING AND THEN TO DO IT IN MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, IT WAS INSANE.>>AND IT SEEMS YOU HAD A BIT OF AN ACCIDENT THIS MORNING, CORRECT?>>I HURT MYSELF THIS MORNING BAD. AND SOMETIMES I GO INTO THE OCTAGON AND I HEAR IN THE BUILD UP WHEN IS THIS GUY GOING TO GET OLD? IT CAN HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. AND I SLIPPED MY BACK OUT. I WAS HURTING BAD. WE GOT SOME PICTURES WE MAY RELEASE LATER IN THE WEEK AND BECAUSE I SNEEZE MY BACK SLIPPED OUT. I WANTED TO TRY TO DO MY MORNING RUN AND IT WASN’T HAPPENING. I WENT BACK IN THE UFC. THEY HAVE THE PERFORMANCES. THEY TRAVEL WITH US NOW. SO HEATHER LINDEN AND CLINT CAME OVER WITH THE MASSAGE TABLE W THE STEM MACHINE WITH ALL KINDS OF STUFF TO TRY HELP ME RELEASE MY BACK AND AT AROUND 12:00/1:00, IT WAS TO THE POINT I WAS STILL LEANING. BOB COOK WAS ALL IF YOU DON’T GET BETTER THEN WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION. I SAID IF YOU LET ME TAKE A NAP, I’LL SEE IF I FEEL BETTER AND I WOKE UP AND WENT FOR A WALK AND WHEN I WENT FOR A WALK AND GOT ACTIVE, MY BACK STARTED TO RELEASE A LITTLE BIT. I REALLY HAD NO IDEA HOW WE WERE GOING TO EXPLAIN THAT ONE. I SNEEZED AND HURT MY BACK. THAT’S GETTING OLD. THAT’S WHAT THAT IS.>>RIGHT. AND SOYOUR PERFORMANCE WOULDN’T HAVE SHOWN IT. DID YOU FEEL AS GOOD AS YOU COULD HAVE IN THE OCTAGON?>>ONCE I STARTED FEELING BETTER I KIND OF TURNED UP THE FEELING BETTER. SOMETIMES YOU CAN ALMOST MENTALLY MAKE YOURSELF FEEL BETTER. AGAIN THIS IS THREE-WEEK TRAINING CAMP AND AT ABOUT THREE WEEKS MY BACK DOES GO BAD AND I HAVE TO TAKE A FEW DAYS TOUGH TO RECOVER BUT I USUALLY HAVE FIVE WEEKS LEFT OF TRAINING. ONCE I GOT INTO THE OCTAGON, WE HAD A FOCUS OF BEING VERY BUNDLED UP AND JUST HOT. ONCE I GOT WARM — MY LOCKERROOM WAS THE TEMPERATURE WAS AT ABOUT 25 DEGREES. ONCE I GOT WARM I NEEDED TO STAY WARM. I WAS WEARING AN OKLAHOMA STATE WRESTLING SWEAT TOP BECAUSE I NEEDED TO MAKE SURE ONCE I GOT HOT AND SWEATY I DIDN’T COOL DOWN BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE — WHEN YOUR BACK IS BOTHERING YOU, WHEN YOU COOL DOWN, IT’S OVER. LIKE YOU ARE DONE FOR THE REST OOF THE AFTERNOON. UNFORTUNATE IF I WAS DONE FOR THE NIGHT.>>GOING FORWARD FROM HERE, IT SEEMS LIKE THE BROCK FIGHT IS NEXT. UFC 235, TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOUR BIRTHDAY. DANA SAYS HE WANTS YOU TO TAKE OFF AFTER TAKING THIS FIGHT. DOES THAT SEEM LIKE THE FAREWELL FIGHT?>>YEAH, THE RETIREMENT FIGHT. T THAT’S CRAZY WHEN YOU START TO THINK ABOUT IT. FRRS TALK ABOUT GOING OUT ON AN ALL-TIME HIGH, VEGAS, HEADLINING. TWO WEEKS BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY HAVE MY BIGGEST FIGHT. YEAH. IT’S CRAZY. BUT I’M GLAD THAT HE WANTS ME TO TAKE SOME TIME BECAUSE I STEPPED UP ON SHORT NOTICE AND HONESTLY I’VE FOUGHT THREE TIMES WITH THREE FINISHES. THREE CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS, THREE FINISHES. PROBABLY ONE OOF MY MORE ACTIVE YEARS IN A LONG TIME AND IT LOOKS LIKE MARCH THIRD — IS IT 3rd? 4th? MARCH 2nd. SO MARCH 2nd, 2019, COULD BE THE LAST TIME YOU SEE ME FIGHT IN THE OCTAGON.>>THAT’S SAD TO HEAR BUT IN TERMS OF THE ACTUAL FIGHT AGAINST BROCK HIMSELF, HOW DO YOU SEE THIS THING GOING? IS THIS A GUY WHO CAN TEST YOU OR DO YOU SEE BEING DOMINATE?>>HE’S A BIG, STRONG GUY AND HIS WRESTLING KIND OF CANCELS OUT MY BIGGEST ADVANTAGE. FOUR-TIME ALL AMERICAN, SECOND AS A JUNIOR. TWO-TIME JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPION. I KNOW I TALK A LOT OF TRASH ABOUT HIM BUT HE’S A REAL-LIFE BEAST AND HE’S GOING TO REALLY PUSH ME AND I’M EXCITED ABOUT IT. COULD YOU MADGE AN VISUAL EME ACROSS FROM BROCK AND IT’S GOING TO BE FUN AND IT’S ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR EME TO TEST MYSELF. IN THE OCTAGON BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT I’M DOING. RIGHT NOW IT’S ABOUT TESTING, FIGHTING THESE BIGGER GUYS IS ALWAYS A TEST.>>IN THE POST FIGHT INTERVIEW YOU TALKED ABOUT GETTING CAUGHT AND THAT YOU WERE BLINKING FOR 30 SECONDS.>>I THINK WHEN I PICKED THIS LEG UP HE PUNCHED ME. I DID THAT WITH RUMBLE AND RUMBLE HIT HARD BUT NOT LIKE THIS DUDE. WHEN THIS DUDE HIT ME I WAS LIKE HOLY SMOKES. I DON’T KNOW IF HE JUST THREW IT AS HARD AS HE POSSIBLY COULD OR WHAT BUT IT WAS POWERFUL. I NEED TO STAY ON THIS DUDE’S LEGS. I KEPT WRESTLING. MY BOYS AT GILROY WOULD BE PROUD. ALL THE LITTLE WRESTLERS WOULD BE PROUD. FIRST TAKE DOWN I GOT HIM WITH THAT INSIDE TRIP. SECOND ONE WAS A SINGLE LEG RAN THE PIPE. THIRD ONE WAS I SHELVED HIS LEG UP AND THREW HIM DOWN. THE LAG ONE I GOT A A FRONT LEG LOG TO AN ANKLE PICK. HE EHAD KIND OF GOTTEN LOST. YOU GIVE THEM SO MANY THINGS THAT THEY CAN’T KEEP UP. BECAUSE IN FIGHTING A LOT OF GUYS HAVE GOOD BASELINE DEFENSE. SO YOU KEEP THROWING THINGS AT THEM. THAT ANKLE PICK KNOCKED HIM BACK AND HE LOOKED LIKE AGAIN. I’M ON MY BACK AGAIN. AND THEN COACH SAID KC CONTROL. AND WHEN HE DID I COVERED THE LEGS AND HE EPUT IT INTO HIS NECK. HE’S THE FIRST GUY THAT WHEN I’VE GOT HIM I START TO PUNCH HIM AND HE TURNS TO HIS KNEES AND I CATCH THE INSIDE WRIST. THAT’S LIKE MY FAVORITE POSITION. HE’S STILL GOT TO — THAT’S HOW STRONG THIS DUDE WAS AND I WAS HOLDING HIS WRIST. IT WAS CRAZY. I THOUGHT OF TRYING TO LET HIM GO AND KICK HIM IN THE HEAD BUT THE DANGER WAS I WOULD HAVE TO STAND UP WITH HIM AGAIN. I’D RATHER GRAB HIS LEG >>DID ANYTHING SURPRISE YOU IN HOW HE APPROPED IT? I KNOEHE THREW A COUPLE SWITCH KICKS, FEW FRONT LEG KICKS. WAS THAT IN THE GAME PLAN?>>IT’S WHAT WE EXPECTED. IT’S NOT LIKE LIKE YOU WATCH A GUY THROWING EVERYTHING BUT NOT WITH 100% POWER. I DON’T. I THROW THINGS TO GET TO THE SHOT I THINK IS GOING TO BE SUPER MEANINGFUL BUT DEREK DOESN’T DO THAT. THOSE BIG HUGE ACTIONS HE DOES IS JUST HIM. SO I EXPECTED IT. I DIDN’T GET MY SHIN ALL THE WAY FORWARD. MY LEG’S A BIT SWOLLEN FROM ONE KICK. IT’S CRAZY. WHERE DO YOU RATE DEREK AS OOPPOSED TO SOME OF YOUR OTHER OPPONENTS?>>STIPE IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP WE’VE EVER HAD. A TREMENDOUS FIGHTER AND HE’S REALLY GOOD. A LOT OF TIME THEY REALLY STRUGGLE WITH GUYS THAT CAN DO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING. THE REALITY OF THE SITUATION IS IF I WAS FORCED TO STAND WITH HIM I WOULD HAVE. BUT HE DID NOT HAVE THE SAME ACTION AS BHEE IT CAME TO THE GRAPPLING. I COULD HAVE STOOD WITH HIM IF I NEEDED TO BUT I DIDN’T BECAUSE OF THE WRESTLING. HE CAN’T GRAPPLE WITH ME. HE DOES NOT HAVE THAT ABILITY AND SPECIALISTS TEND TO STRUGGLE LIKE THAT. SO DO THE JUJITSU GUYS.>>AND SECOND AND FINAL QUESTION FROM ME. SECOND HIGH PAY-PER-VIEW FOR YOU TONIGHT THAT GARDEN. YOU’VE GOT THAT FIGHT COMING UP AGAINST BROCK POSSIBLY. HE JUST WON THE WWE TITLE LAST NIGHT? WHERE DO YOU SEE THAT PUT YOU IN TERMS OF NEGOTIATING YOUR FINAL FIGHT? DO YOU THINK THAT KIND OF PUT YOU OVER THE TOP COMPARED TO THAT FIGHT TONIGHT?>>I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU JUST SAID.>>GATE OF THE YEAR.>>THE GATE. YEAH, SO HERE’S THE DEAL WITH THE GATE. WHEN WE GOT ANNOUNCED FOR THE FIGHT, IT WAS STILL PRETTY EMPTY. AND THEY HAD SOME GOOD FIGHTS ON THIS CARD. SO I THINK THAT IS A TESTAMENT TO MAYBE WHAT DEREK HAS GAINED IN TERMS OF HIS FOLLOWING. I’VE ALWAYS HAD FULL ARENAS. WHICH IS A REALLY GOOD THING. BUFFALO LAST YEAR WAS FILLED TO THE BRIM WHEN I FOUGHT AGAINST ANTHONY JOHNSON. OBVIOUSLY WHEN JONES AND I FIGHT IT’S ALWAYS FULL. EVERY TIME I FIGHT IT’S FULL. THE NEXT FIGHT, I GOT TO EBE HONEST WHEN IT CAN COMES TO NEGOTIATING, I ASK AND THEY DO IT. BECAUSE REALLY NOT LIKE ME GOING I WANT $3 MILLION AND I GO NO. OKAY. KIND OF DESERVE IT. IT’S LIKE WHEN YOU DO THINGS THE RIGHT WAY, THEY KIND OF — THEY REESPECT THAT AND DANA WHITE IS THAT KIND OF GUY. HE DOES TAKE CARE OME ENA LOT OF DIRANT WAYS. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. THAT MEANS I’LL GET A CHECK. IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE THE SUPER FIGHT. I’M NOT TAKING NO FALLS. SO IT’S 205 POUNDS NOW.>>SO HERE’S THE THING.>>YOU KNOW MY ACTUAL NAME.>>YES, I DO KNOW YOUR NAME BUT ONE TIME HE DID A PREFIGHT SHOW AND YOU MIGHT HAVE PICKED ME TO LOSE SO I’VE BEEN CALLING HIM. >>THAT WAS FOUR YEARS AGO.>>WE HAVE SQUASHED OUR BEEF. WHAT WAS THE QUESTION?>>LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT. YESTERDAY I WEIGHED 251. MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE NOT HAD BREAKFAST. BUT I CUT FROM THIS WEIGHT TO 205. THERE’S NO DIFFERENCE WHAT I WEIGH TODAY AS TO WHEN I FIGHT 205. AND I GOT THIS SCALE IN MY HOUSE AND I SWEAR IT’S HEAVY BUT I DON’T THINK IT IS. AND I GOT ALL MY CLOTHES. YOU KNOW WHEN YOU’RE LIKE I’M GOING TO WEAR MY CLOTHINGS TO LIE TO MYSELF AND SAY I GOT 10 POUNDS OF CLOTHES. AND IT SAID I WEIGH 260 POUNDS THE DAY AFTER THANKS GIVING AND I WEIGHED IN AT 205 JANUARY 15th. I’LL CUT THE WEIGHT IF I HAVE TO BUT THAT WON’T HAPPEN FOR ANYONE. THAT WILL ONLY HAPPEN IF I GET TO FIGHT JONES.>>I ASKED JONES ABOUT THIS AND HE DOESN’T SEEM TOO KEEN ON GIVING YOU A SHOT AT 205 OR HEAVYWEIGHT.>>GIVING ME A SHOT?>>THOSE WERE THE WORDS HE USED.>>HERE’S THE DEAL WHEN IT COMES TO JONES. IT’S HARD FOR ME TO — IT’S HARD FOR ME TO REALLY TAKE ANYTHING SERIOUSLY. BECAUSE YOU SAY I DON’T WANT TO GIVE YOU A SHOT AND YOU DON’T DESERVE IT, I BEAT YOU. AND HE ONCE PUT UP A VIDEO OF A LITTLE GIRL KICKING THE GIRL IN THE HEAD. BUT YOU WERE ON STAIR TOIDS. THE SAME THING. I’M SURE HE SAID WHATEVER. IT DOES NOT MATTER. YOU CAN’T BE ON STEROIDS IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM. THAT’S NOT FAIR. SO FOR ME TO SAY I’M NOT GOING TO GRANT HIM. I’M THE GUY THAT’S BEEN HERE THIS WHOLE TIME. THREE YEARS BEEN THE LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION BECAUSE THIS DUDE CAN’T STAY OUT OF TROUBLE. THAT DUDE ACTUALLY GOT IN SO MUCH SHUT THEY SAID HERE, YOU CAN HAVE IT BACK AFTER YOU KNOCKED ME OUT. HOW CRAZY WAS IT TO BE THE GUY FOR HIM TO GO YOU CAN HAVE THIS BACK. BECAUSE WE KNOW WITH YOU IT’S SAFE. IT’S SAFE IN SAN JOSE. WITH YOU IT’S SAFE. BUT WITH THIS DUDE, WE EDON’T KNOW WHAT HE’S GOING TO DO. SO THEY JUST GAVE IT BACK. HIM AND ALEXANDER. LISTEN TO THE DIFFERENCE. HIM AND ALEXANDER ARE FIGHTING FOR BELT? THIS ONE. WHAT’S IT CALLED? WHY WOULD WE APPLAUD FOR THE VACANT TITLE? GUY GOT STRIPPED JUST LIKE I’M GETTING STRIPPED. BECAUSE THEY KNOW WITH ME IT’S SAFE AND I’M NOT SURE IF HE WINDS IN DECEMBER AND THEY GO DO YOU WANT THIS THING BACK? SERIOUSLY. RI IT’S CRAZY >>I ASKED DANA EARLIER COULD HE BE THE PRESIDENT? HE COULD BE RESHARED VIDEO OF YOU TALKING ABOUT DEREK. DO YOU THINK THAT COULD BE YOUR FUTURE AT ANY POINT?>>I LOVE THE UFC. I WANT TO FIGHT WITH THE UFC FOR MY CAREER. I’VE GOT GREAT OPPORTUNITIES, BIG OPPORTUNITIES I CAN’T SHARE RIGHT NOW. BUT I’VE GOT REAL-LIFE OPPORTUNITIES AND I’LL MAKE MORE MONEY THAN I’VE EVER MADE. SO YOU DO THINGS THE RIGHT WAY AND TRY TO PRESENT YOURSELF IN THE RIGHT LIGHT. SO MANY THINGS ARE GOING TO COME YOUR WAY. SO I ARE RR GOT REAL-LIFE OPPORTUNITIES I CAN’T EVEN SHARE. I HAVE BIG THINGS COMING THAT I’LL HAVE TO FOCUS ON BUT I DON’T KNOW IF I CAN BE THE PRESIDENT. IT’S NOT MUBIES. MOVIES. I DON’T LIKE IT TOO MUCH. BUT IT’S GOING TO BE BIG TV STUFF AND YOU’LL BE EXCITED WHEN IT HAPPENS.>>FIRST THING. EWE ASKED DEREK WHAT DID YOU HIT HIM WITH AND HE SAID HE DIDN’T FEEL ANYTHING. ARE YOU SURE THAT WAS IN A CLINCH? WAS IT SOMEWHERE ELSE?>>HE PUNCHED ME. MAYBE HE DIDN’T FEEL ME PUNCHING HIM BUT HE PIRUNCHED ME AND KICD ME. I THINK HE RREACHED BACK AND PUD ME. I JUST SURVIVED.>>SEEMS LIKE ASIDE FROM THE STANDING EXCHANGE WHICH YOU COULD TRY AND TAKE YOUR HEAD OFF, YOU HAD MOST OF THE CONTROL ON THE GROUND. HE GOT UP A FEW TIMES. YOU KNEW WHERE IT WAS GOING TO PLAY OUT. WAS THAT ANY HARDER THAN THE STRUGGLE YOU HAD GETTING YOUR WARM UP SHIRT OFF BEFORE GETTING OFF OF THE RING.>>HE DID A GOOD JOB.>>HE TRIED TO KILL ME. I SAID ZIPPER. THEN HE TAKES OFF THE OVER SHIRT AND TRIES TO PULL IT OFF WITH THE ZIPPER AND I GO BOB, ZIPPER. I WAS IN THE BACK AND I’M THINKING MY BACK AND EVERYTHING ELSE. THIS IS A HORRIBLE WAY TO START THE DAY. WE’VE BEEN PRETTY SEAMLESS WITH THAT WHOLE DEAL. I JUST REACH OVER TO BOB NOLAN. HE’S GOING TO PULL MY SHIRT OFF AND GIVE ME MY MOUTH GUARD EVERY TIME. AND YOU SHOULD HAVE HEARD ME. I’M IN A SHIRT GOING ZIPPER. TRYING NOT TO SAY IT TOO LOUD. GOD DANG, BOB. HE WAS NERVOUS. HE WAS SCARED OFF THE BLACK BEAST.>>AND YOU SAID YOU’LL ONLY GO DOWN TO 205. WHAT HAPPENS IF GUSTERSON ENZ — IT’S NOT HAPPENING BUT JONES?>>2 O05? YEAH, FOR SURE. ONLY ONE. IT WILL BE STIPE. HE DESERVE AS REMATCH. I NEVER SAID HE DIDN’T. I JUST DIDN’T WANT TO FIGHT HIM ON THREE WEEKS NOTICE. YOU GOT TO UNDERSTAND THAT. I DIDN’T. WE WOULDN’T PUT OUR BEST PRODUCT THROUGHOUT IF IT WAS HIM AND I ON THREE WEEKS. BETTER TO HAVE A FULL CAMP IF WE DO IT AGAIN.>>TO YOUR RIGHT. SORT OF A BROADER QUESTION BUT IT’S REMARKABLE. WE LIVE IN AN AGE WHERE A LOT OF UFC STARS ARE TRYING TO GET AHEAD BY PUSHING BACK. YOU DON’T EVER STEAM DO THAT. YOU ACTUALLY SEEM TO WORK IN TANDEM. IS THERE A LESSON TO INFER FROM THAT? IT >>CONFLICT DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK. THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES I RR BEEN PISSED OFF. AND THEY TRIED TO CALL ME AND I WASN’T VERY NIENS CONVERSATION WE HAD. I MEAN THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WE HAVEN’T AGREED ON THINGS. IT’S JUST THAT AFTER I TALK WE HASH IT OUT. IT WORKS. I’M NOT A YOUNG GUY. I’M AN OLDER GUY WHO UNDERSTANDS THAT. IT’S USUALLY BETTER TO TRY TO RESOLVE THINGS THAN CONTINUE ON THE PATH OFF BEING IN CONFLICT. IT JUST WORKS AND HONESTLY IF YOU’RE LOOKING THAT GUYS THAT HAVE BENEFITTED FROM THE ISSUES WITH THE COMPANY AND YOU TWAUCH GUY THAT HAS NLT, IT SEEMS TO WORK. EVERY TIME I WORK I MAKE A TON OF MONEY AND WHEN I DON’T, I MAKE A TON OF MONEY CALLING FIGHTS. IT WORKS. THERE’S NO REASON TO — I MEAN IT JUST CLOSES SO MANY DOORS BECAUSE YOU BECOME HARD TO WORK WITH. IT’S LIKE ANY OTHER JOB. AND I’M NOT SITTING HERE SAYING I DON’T HAVE MY ISSUES. AND I DO. AS I DON’T TALK ABOUT THE ARGUMENTS I HAVE WITH MY WIFE, I DON’T NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES I HAVE WITH THE UFC. USADA WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT I WAS DOING. WHEN YOU SAY THINGS THAT IT DOES HAVE VALUE. SO WHEN YOU’RE DOING THIS, IT’S A PROBLEM. AND I SPOKE TO THEM AND EVERYBODY. AND WE KIND OF UNDERSTOOD. I MADE TWO PEOPLE THAT I LIKE A LOT, THE LADY THAT TEST ME IN SAN JOSE. I’VE BEEN TESTING MORE THAN ANYBODY. AND THEY WERE THAT GYM ONE DAY TO TEST ME AND THEY WERE NERVOUS. THEY’RE USUALLY SO WARM AND ENGAGING TO ME. THEY WERE BOTH SITTING IN THE CORNER ALMOST NOT SURE OF HOW I WOULD TREAT THEM BECAUSE I WAS SO OPENLY NEGATIVE TOWARDS THE COMPANY THAT THEY WORK FOR. I TOLD THEM I’M OVER THAT. I WAS MAD A FEW WEEKS AGO. I’M FINE. I GET OVER THINGS QUICK.>>HE EMENTIONED YOU TEXT HIM.>>I DON’T KNOW. I HAVEN’T CHECKED MY PHONE. WINNING FIGHTS IS GREAT BUT GOING THROUGH YOUR MESSAGES AFTERWARD SZ THE WORST. IT LITERALLY TAKES HOURS AND THEN THEY GET MAD LIKE, HEY, MAN, I CAN CALLED YOU. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO ANSWER THE PHONE FOR EVERY SINGLE PERSON. WHY DIDN’T YOU TEXT ME BACK? AND INITIALLY I DIDN’T TAKE THE SEEING THING OFF THE PHONE. HE TOLD ME HOW TO TAKE IT OFF, DANNY. AND THEY WOULD BE LIKE I KNOW YOU SAW IT. YOU SAW MY TEXT AND I’M DEAD SILENT BECAUSE IF YANSWER IT STARTS A CONVERSATION AND YOU HAVE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE. IF THERE IS A A TEXT FROM BROCK, I’LL PROBABLY RESPOND AND TELL HIM I’LL KICK HIS AS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I APPRECIATE IT.


100 thoughts on “UFC 230: Post-fight Press Conference

  1. Anybody saying no to Yoel Romero for whatever reason sounds scared to me in my opinion 🤷‍♂️… Yoels a BEAST!

  2. that guy from canada was pretty good astud imo !! he fought in thsmallest arena with lowest population city …… hes a little guy wish to see him

  3. The most stupid predictable fight set up ever, giving DC the change to "make history". Derrick "the stupid" Lewis accepted two consecutive main event fights in a span of 30 days, the most stupid part being he gassed out during his fight with Volkov and still accepted the fight with DC. Stupid for UFC to give him the opportunity to LOST, even more stupid is that he accepted the fight. STUPID!!

  4. Tony Ferguson is the type of guy who loses his son in a crowded mall then goes home to his wife and screams "Where's your kid!!!???"

  5. There is this very sharp whistle in the background of the video I can’t stand it not even for five minutes yet alone an hour plus

  6. Next year… Israel vs jon jones, middleweight champ vs light heavyweight champ super fight at catch weight
    would be unreal

  7. As much as I like Derrick Lewis I think he needs to retire he doesn’t really take this sport to seriously eating foods like Popeyes when your a professional athlete you can’t be eating unhealthy like that especially being a fighter

  8. Bout scores:

    Wieczorek x Lima (0/10)

    Burgos x Kolobau (5/10)

    Frivola x Vannata (6/10)

    Good x Saunders (5/10)

    Arce x Moraes (5/10)

    Eubanks x Modaff (0/10)

    Knight x Rinaldi (2/10)

    Brunson x Adesanya (8/10)

    Roberson x Marshman (3/10)

    Branch x Cannon (5/10)

    Weidman x Souza (8/10)

    Fattier x Lewis (0/1000)

  9. Ufc became freak show…Can't go with this matchup for the UFC heavyweight championship. Stipe deserves rematch, Cain is comming back…Maybe there is some future in division…Hope so that Lesnar stays in WWE where he belongs 👊

  10. Israel might have done some coke before his interview. He was acting like a fool. Seems he needs to grow up a bit still in his "act". Too ghetto. Gotta be more " been there done that" of a professional.

  11. Why are WWE titles relevant? – They're acting out the scenario, not actually fighting. WWE belts mean nothing in combat MMA.

    Did anyone see Overeem destroy Brock? – Watch it again to remind yourself.

    MMA doesn't need Brock's clueless fans.

  12. Adesanya's last comment "fuk u pay me!!" mic drop, tied a neat bow on the most cringe worthy UFC post fight interview I've ever seen, jus keepin it 💯

  13. I'm not sure if the neurons in Derrick Lewis' brain fire fast enough for him to even become HW champ. I like the guy , but mentally he just seems kind of slow. Fighter IQ is so important, essential if you're going to beat a guy like DC.

  14. Just how Dana can justify 50,000 US dollars as a best fight bonus is frankly daylight robbery considering what can happen to fighters when in octagon for entertainment purposes only! Greedy small minded little shit of a man….fighters should be paid a percentage Just like DC and McGregor literally give their terms for each fight…. as an employer he's disgusting

  15. Lewis win or loose is way more likeable than missing thooth Popeye's loving Cormier. I am proud of him despite him taking this fight on short notice

  16. I love to listen to these press conferences at the evening when I have nothing to do. Its fun to hear fighter reflect on fights and the game instead of just listening to all the trash talk all the time

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