By Stevie Adams /


CANNOT SEE BY LOOKING IT UP. I HAVE WON FIGHTS FROM GROUND AND POUND IN GUARD. >>WHERE HE CAME UP TO YOU, IT IS HARD TO SEE WHAT HE WAS SAYING. WHAT WAS THAT? >>WE HUGGED, AND HE WAS LIKE, I HATE YOU. WE WERE PLAYING AROUND. IT WAS NOT SERIOUS. >>ONE MORE QUESTION? >>WE HAVE ONE FINAL QUESTION. ON MEDIA DAY, WE SPOKE. YOU SAID YOU ARE SERVING UNTIL YOU FIND MORE INCOME. WITH THIS BONUS, WILL YOU CONTINUE SERVING? >>TO BE HONEST, I LIKE TO SERVE. I COULD HAVE PROBABLY QUIT A LONG TIME AGO. I LIKE TO DO IT. I LIKE TO WORK HARD. I LIKE TO KEEP EXTRA MONEY COMING IN TO THE HOUSEHOLD. IT IS NOT THE USC MONEY THAT KEEPS ME FROM SERVING. IT IS A PERSONAL THING. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>ARE WE GOOD TO GO? AWESOME. >>>CAN YOU REFLECT ON HOW YOU FELT IN THERE, WHAT THINGS DID NOT FALL TO THE GAME PLAN? >>I DID THE BEST I CAN. I GIVE MY HATS OFF TO MAX, HE KEPT THE FIGHTS GOING. >>ONE JUDGE HAD HIM FOR ALL FIVE ROUNDS. DID YOU FEEL YOU TOOK A FEW ROUNDS OFF OF HIM? >>IT IS TOUGH TO SAY WHEN YOU ARE IN THERE. I HAVE TO WATCH THE FIGHT. MY TEAM WON A FEW AS WELL. >>I CAN TELL YOU ARE DISAPPOINTED. CAN YOU EXPLAIN YOUR EMOTION. I KNOW YOU WANT TO REGAIN THAT TITLE. OBVIOUSLY, DID NOT PAN OUT TONIGHT. >>I AM HEARTBROKEN. IT IS TOUGH. IT IS TOUGH WHEN YOU WANT SOMETHING THAT BAD AND YOU CANNOT GET IT. I HAVE BEEN CLOSE SO MANY TIMES BEFORE. >>DO YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU DO FROM HERE? >>NO, NOT YET. I AM NOT GOING ANYWHERE. >>NOT TO BEAT A DEAD HORSE, IS A HARD TO IMAGINE, TRAVELING THE ROAD BACK TO A FOURTH TITLE CHALLENGE? >>I AM NOT THINKING ABOUT THAT RIGHT NOW. >>YOU MADE SURE TO SAY IN THE OCTAGON THAT YOU HAVE PLENTY OF FIGHT LEFT IN YOU. DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAD TO SAY THAT? PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY, HOW MUCH LONGER WILL FRANKLIN FIGHT? >>I DON’T CARE WHAT ANYBODY THINKS. I GUESS THAT WAS FOR MYSELF. >>HONESTLY, YOU’RE NOT THINKING ABOUT ANYTHING IN THE FUTURE PAST TODAY. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT IS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND AT THIS TIME? >>I AM UPSET. I’M DISAPPOINTED. I AM PROUD OF MY PERFORMANCE. I AM DISAPPOINTED BY LETTING MY TEAM DOWN. I KNOW THEY ARE PROUD OF ME. YOU ALWAYS WANT TO DELIVER A VICTORY TO THEM. THEY SACRIFICE AS WELL. >>ONE MORE FOR YOU, FRANKIE. OBVIOUSLY, YOUR SON IS BACK THERE. I SAY WALK OUT OF THE CAGE WITH HIM. WHAT LESSONS YOU TEACH HIM TONIGHT, STEMMING FROM THIS? HE WITNESSED EVERYTHING AND WENT DOWN. >>YOU WILL LOSE IN LIFE. YOU CANNOT LET IT KEEP YOU DOWN. I HAVE LOST BEFORE, IT IS WHAT IT IS. IT HAS NEVER HELD ME BACK. >>YOU AND MAX SPOKE IN THE OCTAGON, I SAW HIM TALKING TO YOUR COACH BEFORE HE LEFT THE OCTAGON. WHAT DID YOU SAY? DO YOU KNOW WHAT MAX SAID YOUR COACH? >>I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE SAID TO MARK. I SAID HE REPRESENTS WELL. I HAVE TREMENDOUS RESPECT FOR MAX. I DID BEFORE THE FIGHT, AND EVEN MORE SO NOW. THANK YOU. THE GATE WAS US$1.4 MILLION. ATTENDANCE WAS 144. THE BONUSES TONIGHT WENT TO THE WINNERS. THEY ALL WON $50,000. CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM. THE 50-50 RAFFLE THAT WE DID FOR THE FOUNDATION AND $75,000. YOU DID A HUGE NUMBER. THAT IS VERY COOL. THAT WENT TO CHARITY. WHO HAS THE FIRST QUESTION? >>HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FIRST OF ALL. >>THANK YOU. >>THOUGHTS ON THE MAIN EVENT? MAX HAD AN OUTRAGEOUS NUMBER OF STRIKES. WHAT YOU MAKE OF WHAT HE DID TONIGHT? >>HE DID LOOK GOOD, ESPECIALLY AS ACTIVE AS HE HAS BEEN LATELY. HE WAS COMING OFF OF A 155 POUND SHOT AT THE TITLE. I THOUGHT FRANKIE DID A GOOD JOB. MAX HAS THIS THING WHERE HE HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING PEOPLE AND WALKING THEM DOWN AND DESTROYING THEM. I THINK FRANKIE DID A GOOD JOB OF USING HIS SPEED AND MOVEMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT MAX DID NOT DO THAT TO HIM TONIGHT. HE TOOK IT TO A DECISION. MAKE YOU DID MENTION MAXES ACTIVITY. PEOPLE THINK, MAYBE THE STADIUM SHOW, BE NICE TO HAVE A SECOND TITLE FIGHT. IS THAT SOMETHING YOU ARE FEELING WOULD BE THE NEXT STEP, OR IS THAT TOO MUCH TOO SOON? >>I DON’T KNOW IF HE IS HURT OR IF HE HAS NAGGING INJURIES. HE NEEDS TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH HIS FAMILY AND TAKE SOME TIME OFF. WILL FIGURE OUT WHAT IS NEXT. IN THE SCRUM I HAVE DONE OUT THERE, HE IS ASKING TO FIGHT AGAIN. I HAVE NOT TALKED TO HIM, BUT I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE. HE WILL BE HERE IN A MINUTE. HE SOUNDS LIKE HE WANTS TO FIGHT. I WILL NOT DO ANYTHING UNTIL HE GOES HOME AND TAKES TIME OFF. >>ON THE WEBSITE, FRANKIE CAME UP SHORT OF THE TITLE AGAIN. HE IS 37 YEARS OLD, THE FIRST GUY IN YOU HAVE SAY — UFC HISTORY WITH HIS AMOUNT OF TIME IN THE RING. WHAT DOES HE GO FROM HERE? >>THAT IS UP TO FRANKIE. WHEN I LOOK AT PEOPLE LIKE HIM, I THINK, WHAT DOES HE HAVE LEFT TO PROVE? HE HAS DONE IT ALL. OTHER THAN MONEY, WHAT DOES HE NEED OR WANT? I KNOW HE IS A COMPETITOR AND HE WANTS TO WIN THAT TITLE AGAIN, HE IS PUSHING 40. I WAS TALKING ABOUT FAVOR. HE LOOKS GREAT AT 40. WE WILL SEE WHAT HE WANTS TO DO. >>WE DID TALK ABOUT CRIS CYBORG AND FELICIA IT WAS TOUGH AS NAILS AND TOOK SHOTS. SHE IS WALKING AROUND WITH CRIS CYBORG AND NUNEZ SEIZURES IN 2020. >>I LOVE IT. THAT IS THE FIGHT I WANT TO MAKE. WE WILL SEE WHAT WE CAN DO. >>ARE YOU CONFIDENT THAT YOU CAN REACH A DEAL WITH HER? >>YES, I HOPE SO. IF THAT IS TRUE, THAT IS A FIGHT SHE WANTS AND SHE REALLY WANTS IT, I DON’T SEE HOW WE DON’T MAKE A DEAL. IF YOU LOOK AT MY HISTORY, IN 20 YEARS, AND HOW MANY DEALS HAVE I NOT MADE FOR A FIGHT? I THINK IT WAS ONE. >>WHAT WAS THAT? >>WE NEVER GOT THE RUSSIAN. I WAS TRYING TO DO THAT FIGHT WITH BROCK. I DID NOT MAKE THAT FIGHT. MAKE ONE LAST THING FROM ME, YOU SAID YESTERDAY, YOU ARE GIVING DJ ANOTHER FIGHT. YOU SAID, 2013, YOU FELT HE HAD TAKEN TOO MUCH DAMAGE. HE SAID A FEW MONTHS AGO THAT YOU CANNOT DO THIS ANYMORE. WHY ARE YOU CHOOSING TO PROMOTE HIM? >>HE TERRORIZED ME FOR THREE DAYS STRAIGHT. HE TALKED ME INTO IT. WE HAVE A DEAL NOW, WIN, LOSE, OR DRAW, THIS IS HIS LAST FIGHT. HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT? >>I WILL NOT GIVE HIM ANOTHER FIGHT. IT IS CLEAR BETWEEN US NOW, THERE WILL NOT BE ANOTHER FIGHT, NO MATTER WHAT. >>WHY DID YOU GIVE INTO THAT? HE HAS TAKEN THE MOST AHEAD STRIKES, OVER 1300. PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HIM. >>ALL YOU PEOPLE THAT ARE CONCERNED ARE DOCTORS, GIVE ME A CALL, IF NOT, MIND YOUR BUSINESS. >>BACK HERE, ARE YOU CONCERNED, DO YOU HAVE AGREEMENT WITH EJ, >>THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO. I HAVE VOICED MY CONCERNS. I HAVE KNOWN BJ SINCE HE WAS 19 YEARS OLD. YOU KNOW, HE WILL DO WHAT HE WANTS TO DO. I HAVE HAD A VERY CRAZY RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM AND HIS FAMILY FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS. HE WALKED ME THROUGH 1 MILLION REASONS WHY HE NEEDS IS FIGHT, AND WHY HE HAS TO HAVE IT. HE TALKED ME INTO IT. YOU GUYS TO ME, WHEN I AM IN, I AM IN, I WILL DO WHAT I’M GOING TO DO. HE HAS PROMISED ME, THAT WIN, LOSE, OR DRAW, HE WILL RETIRE AFTER THIS FIGHT. WE WILL SEE IF HE KEEPS HIS PROMISE. WE WILL NOT BE SITTING HERE, DOING THIS AGAIN. THAT I DO PROMISE YOU. >>AFTER THE PERFORMANCE, DO YOU THINK MAX HAS SURPASSED HIM AS THE GREATEST HAWAIIAN FIGHTER OF ALL TIME? >>THAT IS TOUGH. SEVEN NEVER TOOK AS SERIOUS AS HE COULD HAVE OR SHOULD HAVE. WITHOUT A DOUBT, IF YOU LOOK AT HOW SMALL THAT ISLAND IS, IN THE TALENT THAT COMES OFF OF THAT ISLAND, IT IS INCREDIBLE. TO HAVE TWO OF THE GREATEST FIGHTERS EVER OUT OF HAWAII IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. >>I WANT TO ASK ABOUT CONNOR MacGREGOR. HE COMMENTED ON THE OFFICIATING, AND OTHER STUFF. I DON’T KNOW WHEN HE TALKED TO HIM. ARE YOU EXPECTING HIM TO COME BACK IN 2020? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT? >>I TALKED TO HIM LAST WEEK, AND HE WANTS TO COME BACK. WHAT HE IS DOING IS LOOKING TO SEE HOW EVERYTHING LAYS OUT IN SEPTEMBER. I WAS THING OUT THERE, AS OF RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE FIGHTING. YOU KNOW HOW THE BUSINESS WORKS. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN, AND USUALLY DOES. I THINK HE IS WAITING TO SEE HOW IT ALL PLAYS OUT. DOES HE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO JUMP IN AND MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN? >>DID HE GIVE YOU OUT-OF-THE- BOX OPTIONS? DID ANY OF THAT COME UP? >>YES, HE IS TOO BIG, AND CONNOR DISAGREES. CONNOR WAS NOT HAPPY THAT I SAID THAT HE WAS TOO BIG FOR HIM. >>THERE WAS AN ELITE LEVEL FIGHT ON THE PRELIMINARIES. WE TALKED ABOUT THE BACKSTAGE PLACEMENT. HE THOUGHT IT WAS BECAUSE [ INDISCERNIBLE ] WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THAT? >>ANDERSON IS A WORLD CHAMPION THAT COULD NOT SPEAK ENGLISH FOR A VERY LONG TIME. I DON’T CARE IF HE CAN SPEAK OR CANNOT SPEAK, YOUR FIGHTING SPEAKS FOR YOU. THIS IS A FIGHT COMPANY. OBVIOUSLY, THERE ARE SITUATIONS WHERE, IF YOU HAVE THE PERSONALITY OF CONNOR MacGREGOR , OR RHONDA ROUSEY, IT IS A HOME RUN AND IT IS INCREDIBLE. I DON’T CARE IF YOU CAN SPEAK AT ALL, IF YOU CAN FIGHT, THAT IS ALL I CARE ABOUT. >>THERE WERE A LOT OF TALKS OF MAX BEING THE FACE OF CANADIAN MMA. ONE FIGHTER TOOK EXCEPTION TO THAT. HE SAID HE IS NOT FROM CANADA. WHAT YOU SAY WHEN YOU SEE YOUNG FIGHTERS LIKE THAT THAT TAKE ISSUE WITH THAT AFTER THIS KNOCKOUT? >>I LOVE IT. SPEAK YOUR MIND, PAL. TELL YOUR PEOPLE TO STOP FOLLOWING THE HAWAIIAN, AND FOLLOW YOU. I LOVE IT. >>HE DOESN’T LOOK LIKE HE IS HAPPY ABOUT ANYTHING THOUGH, RIGHT? HE LOOKS LIKE HE HAS BEEN UPSET SINCE BIRTH. >>HIS NICKNAME IS MEAN. WHAT OTHER CANADIAN FIGHTERS JUMPED OUT AT YOU? >>I THOUGHT CANADA LOOKED GOOD TONIGHT. YOU REPRESENTED AND LOOKS GOOD. >>I AM EXPANDING ON THAT, FELICIA SPENCER WROTE HER OFF, WHAT WAS YOUR THOUGHT ON HER PERFORMANCE TONIGHT? >>IMAGINE WHEN THIS WOMAN FEELS LIKE THIS IS REALLY HER HOUSE, THE U.S. HE IS HER HOUSE. THIS WAS HER FIRST FIGHT AGAINST CRIS CYBORG IN CANADA. WHEN SHE GETS A REAL, SOLID STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM, THERE ARE OBVIOUS THINGS, SHE ONLY HAS SEVEN FIGHTS COMING IN HERE TONIGHT, AND YOU SAW HER CHIN, AND HER HEART, AND HER DETERMINATION, AND HER ELBOWS. SHE IS IMPRESSIVE. ESPECIALLY, CONSIDERING WHO SHE WAS FACING. SHE HAD A MASSIVE ADRENALINE JUMP BEFORE SHE EVEN WALKED TO THE OCTAGON. I THINK SHE IS PRETTY SPECIAL, ACTUALLY. >>BUILDING ON THAT, THERE IS NOT A LOT OF COMPETITION FOR THE FEATHER WEIGHTS. ARE WE GOING TO SEE MORE COMMITMENT TO THE WOMEN’S 145, MOVING FORWARD? >>YES. I MANDATE NUNEZ IS THE GREATEST FEMALE FIGHTER EVER. SHE IS THE 135-145 CHAMPION, AND SHE WANTS TO DEFEND BOTH. >>ONE MORE FROM ME, WE TALKED ABOUT DAVIDSON EARLIER, WHEN HE WAS BACK THERE, HE SAYS I WANT BENEVIDES. WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR HENRY MOVING FORWARD? >>THAT IS A GOOD QUESTION. YES, I THINK SO. WE HAVE TO GET BACK TO WORK ON THAT AND FIGURE THAT WHOLE THING OUT. >>WHEN YOU LOOK AT STATURE AND PHYSICALITY, DO YOU THINK MAX COULD GO TO 155 FOR A LITTLE BIT? >>I THINK HIS LAST PERFORMANCE AT 55 ENDS THAT CONVERSATION. I USED TO THINK HE LOOKED BIG AT 45, AND I REALIZED HOW SMALL HE LOOKED AT 55. >>YOU MENTIONED CONNOR MacGREGOR WAS NOT HAPPY. WHAT DID HE SAY, EXACTLY? >>IT UPSETS ME THAT YOU SAID HE IS TOO BIG FOR ME. >>IS HE INTERESTED IN THAT FIGHT? >>I AM TELLING YOU GUYS, I HAVE SET 1 MILLION TIMES AND I WILL STATE AGAIN, THIS GUY WILL FIGHT ANYBODY. I DON’T CARE IF HE IS UPSET ABOUT IT OR NOT. HE IS TOO BIG FOR CONNOR. >>IS THIS THE FRESHEST OF THE WELTERWEIGHT’S HAVE LOOKED AT FOR A WHILE. THE WELTERWEIGHT IS RIDICULOUS. IS STACKED WITH UNBELIEVABLE FIGHTS. >>[ INDISCERNIBLE ] WOULD THAT BE LEON EDWARDS IN THAT FIGHT? >>YES, THAT IS A GOOD FIGHT TO MAKE. QUESTION IS, WHERE DO YOU DO THAT FIGHT, AND HOW MUCH SECURITY WILL WE HAVE? >>OVER TO YOUR LEFT, DON JONES TWEETED EARLIER THIS WEEK ABOUT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN IN NOVEMBER. DOES HE HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF A HEADLINE ROLE? HAVE YOU TALKED ABOUT THAT AT ALL? >>NO, I HAVEN’T. I HAVE NOT TALKED TO JOHN. I DON’T WANT TO GET INTO THAT WHOLE THING. I CAN TELL YOU THIS, I SAW SOME VIDEOS, AND JON JONES WILL BE FIGHTING AGAIN. >>YOU HAVE VIDEOS ON YOUR PHONE THEY WANT TO SHARE? >>IT IS SAD, IT’S SAD THAT SOMETHING LIKE THAT WOULD HAPPEN TO HIM. IT IS HARD TO GIVE JON JONES THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT UNTIL YOU SEE THE VIDEOS. I THINK JON JONES WILL BE FINE. >>HE WAS IN JERSEY. DID YOU SEE THAT TODAY? >>COREY ANDERSON AND HIS TEAM CONFRONTED JONES AT AN AUTOGRAPH SIGNING IN NEW JERSEY TODAY. IS THAT A POSSIBLE FIGHT FOR HIM? >>COREY ANDERSON HAS TURNED DOWN ABOUT 50 FIGHTS IN THE LAST MONTH. >>FAIR ENOUGH. HOW IMPRESSED WERE YOU WITH EDWARDS? >>I’VE SAID YOU GUYS MANY TIMES WHEN I THINK OF RDA. I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR THAT GUY. HE IS DURABLE. IT WAS A GOOD FIGHT. >>IF CUMMINGTON BEATS ROBBIE NEXT WEEK, IS IT A THREE-MAN RACE FOR THE TITLE SHOT? STING >>CUMMINGTON IS NEXT IN LINE. HE WILL GET THE FIGHT. >>YOU GO TO DIFFERENT COMPANIES LIKE AUSTRALIA AND OTHER MARKETS YOUR BUILDING? CANADA HAS BEEN A HOTBED FOR YEARS. WE COME UP HERE AND THE FANS ARE CREDIBLE. >>HOW MUCH CLOSER TO ME OR UFC HAWAII? >>NOT VERY CLOSE. BACK TO B.J. PENN , IS HE STILL IN HER CONTRACT? IS THIS THE LAST FIGHT ON HIS CONTRACT? >>YES, HE IS STILL ON CONTRACT. >>CRIS CYBORG’S PERFORMANCE TONIGHT , A YEAR OR TWO AGO, THAT FIGHT WOULD HAVE BEEN FINISHED. ISSUE PASSER PRIME? >>THAT IS WHAT I SAID, LEADING UP TO THE FIGHT, WHEN CRIS CYBORG THOUGHT I WAS TALKING CRAP ABOUT HER LIKE SHE IS SCARED OR THIS OR THAT, IT IS NOT ABOUT THAT, YOU GET TO A POINT IN YOUR CAREER WHERE YOU START TO LOOK AT I AM GETTING OLDER, AND THOSE THINGS. BELIEVE ME, PEOPLE HAVE JUMPED SHIP FOR EASIER FIGHTS. I DON’T FROWN ON THAT. WHEN YOU KNOW YOU ARE AT THE POINT IN YOUR CAREER, THE BEST FIGHT IS RIGHT HERE. WE FIND THE BEST. THESE ARE ALL KILLERS THAT ARE HERE IN THE UFC. AS SOON AS IF I WAS OVER TONIGHT , THAT WAS IT. LET’S ALSO SAY, THE GIRL SHE FOUGHT TONIGHT HAS A RIDICULOUS CHIN, AND UNBELIEVABLE ELBOWS AND A TON OF HEART. SHE SHOWED UP. SHE DID NOT SHOW UP FOR A PAYCHECK, SHE TRIED UP TO WIN. THIS GIRL ONLY HAS SEVEN FIGHTS. SHE IS UNDEFEATED. SHE HAS NEVER BEEN EATEN. YOU CAN LOOK AT THAT BOTH WAYS. >>FINALLY, FROM ME, YOU MENTIONED EARLIER THAT BROCK WAS A FIGHT YOU WANT TO MAKE. WOULD YOU SAY THAT THE ESPN DEAL HAS GIVEN YOU ENOUGH LEVERAGE THAT IT IS NOT WORTH IT TO GIVE BROCK WHAT HE IS ASKING FOR? >>IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT. BROCK DECIDED HE DID NOT WANT TO DO IT ANYMORE. HE WANTED TO DO THIS ONE LAST FIGHT AND THAT WAS IT. >>PROMOTING THE NEXT PAPER VIEW, WITH THE TICKET SALES LOOKING GUN, IT IS LOOKING GOOD. >>THEY ARE TAKING TICKETS FOR ME TO SELL RIGHT NOW, IT IS SOLD OUT. I AM EXCITED. THAT CARD IS AWESOME. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. VANCOUVER IS SELLING VERY WELL. >>WHAT YOU EXPECT FROM THOSE TWO ON PAPER VIEW? >>THAT WILL BE A FUN FIGHT. THEY WANT THIS REMATCH. THEY ARE FINALLY GETTING IT. DANIEL IS CONVINCED HE CAN’T BE BEAT. IT WILL BE A FUN FIGHT. THAT CARD WILL BE RIDICULOUS. >>ONE MORE, DANA, WE WILL LET YOU CELEBRATE. >>THERE WILL BE NO CELEBRATING ON THIS BIRTHDAY. >>THAT FIGHT DID NOT HAVE THE LONGEST TRAINING CAMP. IT WAS ANNOUNCED SIX WEEKS OUT. DO YOU FEEL THAT IF MAX HAD SIX MONTHS TO ADD THE PROPER WEIGHT, THAT THAT WOULD BE THE BETTER WAY TO HAVE HIM FIGHT OUT OF LIGHT WEIGHT AND FIT INTO THE DIVISION? >>MAX LOOKS SMALL NO MATTER WHAT. NEXT TO HIS COMPETITORS, HE LOOKS SMALL. I AM NOT SAYING IT CANNOT HAPPEN AND HE COULD NOT GO BACK TO 55, I AM A BELIEVER THAT THIS IS HIS WEIGHT CLASS. >>THANK YOU. THANKS, HAVE A GOOD NIGHT. THANK YOU CANADA, YOU GUYS ARE ALWAYS AWESOME.>>>I WAS DRAINED. WITH RESPECT MY OPPONENT, HE IS TOUGH. WHEN I PUNCHED HER, I SAW HER FACE, IT CHANGED A LITTLE BIT. I CHANGE MY THOUGHTS ON WHAT TO DO. >>YOU GOT CUT IN THE FIGHT, AND YOU SAID THAT IS THE FIRST TIME. THAT IS IF YOU TAKE PRIDE IN, WHY DID YOU ENJOY THAT YOU HAD A CUT ON YOU? >>I AM NOT PROUD OF THIS CUT. IT IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE HAD A CUT. IN THE GYM, LITTLE BIT, BUT NOT IN THE FIGHT. THERE IS ALWAYS A FIRST TIME. >>IT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST MINUTE OF THE FIGHT. WHEN THAT HAPPENS, AND YOU WERE NOT USED TO IT, DID IT HAD A MENTAL EFFECT ON YOU? DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU NEEDED TO GO HARDER? >>[ INDISCERNIBLE ] THIS IS NOT A BAD CUT. AND THEN, IT WAS A REALLY BAD CUT. I JUST THOUGHT ABOUT THE FIGHT. >>WHERE IS THE AMANDA NUNEZ SHIRT WE SAW YOU WEARING? >>THEY MADE ME TAKE IT OFF. >>WHEN DID YOU HAVE THAT MADE? >>I THOUGHT ABOUT THE REMATCH IN THE END OF JANUARY. I ASKED FOR A REMATCH AFTER MY LAST FIGHT. I AM NOT A LIAR ABOUT THIS. IT IS TRUE. THEY TOLD ME I HAVE TO WAIT. [ INDISCERNIBLE ] >>DANA WAS JUST IN HERE, HE SAID HE WANTS A FIGHT TO HAPPEN. AMANDA SAYS LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN. IS THAT WHY YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE NEXT, WE USE SIGN A NEW UFC CONTRACT TO FIGHT AMANDA NUNEZ? >>I WON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT ANYTHING. IF PEOPLE AND THE MEDIA DON’T SEE ANYTHING, WE HAVE A LOT OF THINGS WE HAVE TO WORK THROUGH. EVERYBODY KNOWS I DON’T HAVE THE BEST RELATIONSHIP WITH UFC OR DANA WHITE. HE DOESN’T BULLY ME AROUND AND BULLIES ME ON THE INTERNET. I HAVE A DAUGHTER AND A FATHER, I DON’T HAVE PEOPLE FEELING SORRY FOR ME. THIS JUST CONTINUES. IT IS NOT FINISHED. IT IS SAYING THAT I AM SCARED OF AMANDA NUNEZ. THIS IS A LIE. I TEXT HIM AFTER THE FIGHT SAYING I WANT REMATCH. THEY SAY I HAVE DAMAGED MY BRAIN. I WANT TO GROW TOGETHER. IT WILL TAKE A LITTLE TIME TO SEE WHAT WILL BE BETTER FOR ME. >>THERE IS A VIDEO THAT CAME OUT OF YOU TALKING TO DANA AFTER THE FIGHT BACKSTAGE. WHAT DID YOU SAY TO EACH OTHER? >>WHERE? >>TO DO NOT SPEAK UP FOR THE FIGHT? WHY ARE YOU LYING THAT I DON’T WANT REMATCH? [ INDISCERNIBLE ] CONGRATULATIONS. FIRST OF ALL, WHERE DO YOU RANK FELICIA SPENCER WITH YOUR OPPONENTS IN THE PAST? SHE STOOD UP WITH YOU FOR THREE ROUNDS. NO ONE ELSE HAS DONE OTHER THAN AMANDA IN RECENT YEARS. WHERE DO YOU RINKER IN TERMS OF YOUR OPPONENTS? >>WE FIGHT EACH OTHER, AND WE WENT 50-50, AND I GOT A CUT. I TRY TO MOVE AROUND WITH FELICIA. I WAITED FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THE PUNCH. IT WAS A DIFFERENT FIGHT. I HAD THREE ROUNDS TO FINISH THE FIGHT. I FIGURED THAT OUT JUST NOW. I WANTED TO FINISH THE FIGHT IN THE FIRST ROUND. I LEARN EVERY DAY. >>AS A FREE AGENT NOW, EVEN IF THE CONTRACT IS ON THE TABLE, WOULD YOU STILL WANT TO NEGOTIATE TO SEE WHAT YOU ARE WORTH IN THE DIFFERENT MARKETS? >>FOR ME, I AM HAPPY ABOUT MY VICTORY. I WANT TO THINK ABOUT THIS. IT’S NOT ONLY ABOUT MONEY, IT IS ABOUT RESPECT AND MY LIFE AND THE FIGHT. I WANT TO CONTINUE GROWING MY BRAIN. I DON’T WANT TO EMOTIONALLY DAMAGE MY BRAIN. I WANT TO LIVE AFTER I STOP FIGHTING. I HAVE A LOT OF THINGS GOING ON IN MY MIND NOW. THIS IS THE MAIN THING. >>THANK YOU. >>YOU HAVE HAD A COUPLE OF 140 POUND FIGHTS. DID THE EXTRA POUNDS WEIGHING IN, AND TWO LESS ROUNDS PLAY A FACTOR IN HOW YOU APPROACHED THE FIGHT? >>I WAS REALLY HAPPY ABOUT THIS FIGHT. I WAS 13 YEARS UNDEFEATED, AND 13 YEARS AS THE CHAMPION. I WAS HAPPY TO FIGHT TODAY. I WAS PATIENT AND HAPPY. I DID MY BEST. I HAD THREE ROUNDS TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT, AND I TRIED. SHE IS TOUGH. SHE MOVES AROUND, SHE IS TOUGH. >>YOU PUSH FOR THIS DIVISION A LOT. SHE WAS YOUR FIRST, LEGITIMATE FEATHERWEIGHT THAT YOU HAD FOUGHT IN UFC. HOW HAPPY WERE YOU TO SEE THEM SIGN ANOTHER FEATHERWEIGHT FOR YOUR DIVISION? >>FINALLY IS THE WORD, FINALLY. AT 145, THEY HAVE ME, ANDERSON, AND FELICIA. I THINK THERE ARE MAYBE THREE. IT IS NOT GOOD FOR OUR DIVISION TO GROW. I DID MY FIRST FIGHT IN 2016. I AM FIGHTING TO GROW OUR DIVISION FOR A LONG TIME. THEY NEED TO OPEN THIS UP FOR MORE GIRLS. >>YOU HAVE WON YOUR RECENT FIGHTS DUMBLY AND QUICKLY. MANY FANS WHO ONLY KNOW YOU IN THE UFC AND HAVE NOT SEEN YOUR ENTIRE SKILL SET, YOU SHOWED YOUR GRAPPLING AND WRESTLING, DEFENSE, AND STRIKING. WHERE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR ENTIRE PERFORMANCE TO SHOWCASE YOUR SKILL SET? >>I HAVE BEEN DOING MMA FOR 14 YEARS. I WORK EVERYTHING. I COMPETE IN GRAPPLING AND JUJITSU. I DO THE MAI TAI FIGHT. I KNOW A LOT ABOUT MIXED MARTIAL ARTS. I LIKE TO FINISH THE FIGHT WITH A PUNCH. THAT CHANGES A BIT MENTALLY. I DO WHAT I ALWAYS DO. WE SHOWED MORE FOR THE PEOPLE. >>CONGRATULATIONS ON THE VICTORY. JUST TO PICK UP ON THE IDEA THAT THE UFC MAY SIGN MORE FEATHERWEIGHT’S YOU HAVE BEEN VOCAL ABOUT THEM NOT HAVING A DIVISION IN THE PAST. IS THAT A BIG FACTOR ON IF YOU WILL RETURN? >>WHAT YOU ASK AGAIN, SORRY? >>IF THE UFC SIGNS MORE FEATHERWEIGHT’S COMING UP, IS THAT A BIG PART OF THE REASON WHY YOU WILL RETURN? IF THEY DON’T, MAYBE YOU WON’T? >>THAT IS NOT JUST THE REASON. I WOULD LIKE TO FIGHT MORE THAN ONE TIME DURING THE YEAR. I WAIT NINE MONTHS TO FIGHT AMANDA NUNEZ. THIS IS NOT GOOD FOR THE FIGHTER. IT IS BETTER TO BE ACTIVE. >>ONE MORE FROM ME. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF BACK AND FORTH WITH DANA. NOT EVERYBODY LOVES THEIR BOSS. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE MOVING FORWARD, EVEN IF THINGS ARE NOT GREAT BETWEEN YOU? IS THERE SOMETHING HE COULD DO TO MAKE THIS BETTER AS FAR AS YOUR RELATIONSHIP IS CONCERNED? >>IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE RESPECT BETWEEN BOTH TO MAKE EVERYTHING WORK TOGETHER. >>THANK YOU. YOU ONLY LOST TWICE IN YOUR CAREER. YOU HAVE NOT HAD A CHANCE TO SHOW YOU CAN BOUNCE BACK OFTEN. HOW DOES TONIGHT’S VICTORY COMING BACK FROM THE AMANDA LOSS COMPARED TO YOUR LAST VICTORIES? >>I LOST MY FIRST FIGHT IN A LONG TIME AND WENT BACK TO THE CAGE ONCE. FOR ME, IT IS A BIG CHALLENGE. I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE FIGHT SOON. WHEN YOU HAVE ONE WIN, YOU HAVE ANOTHER LOSS. YOUR FANS REMEMBER YOUR LOSS AND THEY FORGET ABOUT YOUR WINS. I AM HAPPY THAT I AM IMPROVING TO GET THE WIN. I WORKED HARD FOR THAT. I FEEL VERY BLESSED, HAPPY, AND THANKFUL FOR MY TEAM FOR HELPING ME. THEY WENT THROUGH EVERYTHING TO OVERCOME. WE SHOWED THE PEOPLE, IF YOU LOSE IN A SPORT, YOU CAN WIN. YOU CAN OVERCOME AND WIN AGAIN. YOU CANNOT QUIT. >>YOU HAVE BEEN HONEST ABOUT THE STUFF WITH THE UFC. YOU SAID THERE WAS SOME BULLYING. HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO SET A GOOD EXAMPLE, ESPECIALLY NOW THAT YOU ARE A MOTHER? >>MY DAUGHTER ALMOST FIGHTS IN SCHOOL. ONE KID SAID THINGS ABOUT ME. I TOLD HER, YOU CANNOT FIGHT A KID. IF THEY WANT TO SAY THINGS FOR YOU, YOU HAVE TO LET IT GO. IT IS NO GOOD. WHAT KIDS LISTEN TO NOW, IT IS EVERYBODY ON THE MEDIA. THEY SAY, YOUR MOM IS A LOT OF THINGS. IT MADE HER MAD. THE KIDS SAY THINGS TO HER. IT IS HARD. I TELL HER, YOU CAN LET THEM ANNOY YOU. THEY DO ANNOY ME. >>HELLO, YOU MENTIONED YOU WANT TO SEE MORE FEATHERWEIGHT. WHAT OTHER NAMES OUT THERE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BRING IN? WHO DO YOU PERCEIVE TO BE A THREAT IN THE DIVISION? >>[ INDISCERNIBLE ] I DON’T THINK THEY HAVE GIRLS FREE AT 145 TO SIGN. >>YOU TALKED ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH DANA WHITE TONIGHT. WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH AMANDA NUNEZ? THEY ARE SAYING THE SAME THING THAT DANE IS THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO FIGHT, AND TOUGH LIKE THAT. I KNOW THAT YOU ARE FRIENDLY BEFORE YOUR FIGHT, HAS THAT CHANGED? >>NO, LIKE PHYLICIA, EVERY TIME SHE SEES ME IN THE HOTEL, SHE WILL SHAKE MY HAND. AND THEN, WE’RE GOING TO FIGHT, YOU KNOW? WE HAVE TO SWITCH. I AM A REALLY GOOD PERSON. FIGHTING FOR ME IS HARD. I HAVE TO SWITCH TO BE CYBORG. TOMORROW WE CAN BE FRIENDS, WE CAN GO HANG OUT TOGETHER. >>YOU SAID YOU WANT TO FIGHT AMANDA IN JANUARY. YOU WILL HAVE TO THE TALK TO THE UFC ABOUT YOUR FUTURE WITH THEM. AT WHAT POINT YOU NEED THE NEGOTIATIONS TO BE FINISHED TO DECIDE WHETHER YOU STAY OR GO TO ANOTHER PROMOTION? >>I HAVE TO SEE MY OPPORTUNITIES. THEY WILL HAVE SIX MONTHS IN JANUARY. >>IS BOXING UP A POSSIBILITY? YOU HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT THAT IN THE PAST. >>MAYBE. >>YOU HAD STITCHES IN YOUR HEAD, AND THE CUT? >>I DON’T KNOW. >>I THINK I HAD SEVEN OR EIGHT.>>I’M LOOKING AT YOU, JASON CUMMINGS SAID EIGHT. YOUR NEXT CONTRACT, IS AN IMPORTANT TO YOU, BECAUSE YOU EXPRESSED INTEREST IN DOING BOXING AND PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING, WAS A IMPORTANT IN THE CONTRACT TO DO MULTIPLE THINGS? YOU WOULD HAVE MULTIPLE COMBAT SPORTS? >>I DON’T THINK YOU CAN DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT HOUSE OUT OF UFC. I HAVE ACCEPTED A LOT OF CHALLENGES. >>VELASQUEZ IS DOING PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING. >>THAT IS NICE. MAYBE THEY WILL HAVE AN OPEN MIND.>>>HOW ARE WE DOING, BABY? THAT WAS POETIC RIGHT THERE. I WANT MY CHIPS WITH THE DIP [ LAUGHTER ]. ALL OF MY CANADIANS KNOW WHAT’S UP. >>CONGRATULATIONS ON THE VICTORY TONIGHT. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE NEW BELT SITTING THERE IN FRONT OF YOU? >>I TOLD YOU GUYS, IT REMINDS ME OF A POWER RANGER. I HEARD THEY’RE DOING A REBOOT. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A GREEN RANGER, I AM READY TO TAKE OVER HOLLYWOOD AS WELL. LIKE I SAID, I HAVE A SOUL STONE. IT IS ON THERE, AND IT IS COOL. >>HEADED YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR PERFORMANCE TONIGHT? >>I FEEL GOOD, I FEEL GOOD, I FEEL REAL GOOD. I FOUND MYSELF EARLY IN THE FIGHT. I HEARD PEOPLE SAY THAT HE WOULD BE TOO MUCH. I HEARD PEOPLE SAY THAT HIS PRESSURE ON ME WOULD BE TOO MUCH. I WANTED TO GO FIVE ROUNDS AND REMIND EVERYBODY THAT WE ARE ON THE MOVE. >>I IMAGINE IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO FINISH FIVE ROUNDS, YOU WOULD HAVE. HE TOOK YOU DOWN AT THE END. WAS THAT THE BIGGEST OPPORTUNITIES ON TO FINISH THE FIGHT? >>I ALWAYS TRY TO FINISH THE FIGHT. FRANKIE IS A LEGEND YOU GUYS. HE HAS BEEN IN THERE WITH THE BEST OF THEM. HE IS ONE OF THE BEST. I COULD NOT FIND A SHOT. I COULD NOT LAND A SHOT. IT IS WHAT IT IS. >>WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU, YOU HAVE PRAISED HIM. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE HIS NAME ON YOUR RESUME? >>IT MEANS A LOT. WITHOUT GUYS LIKE FRANKIE, YOU WOULD NOT HAVE GUYS LIKE ME. FRANKIE WAS THE INSPIRATION. HE IS A BEAST. YOU CANNOT TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM FRANKIE. HE HAS BEEN TOP FIVE FOREVER IN TWO DIFFERENT WEIGHT CLASSES. ONE OF THE WAY CLASSES, HE WAS VERY UNDERSIZED. HE DID LOOK BIG TODAY. IT WAS SUPER FUN. LIKE I SAID, I AM TRYING TO BE THE BEST POUND FOR POUND FIGHTER, NOT THE BEST FEATHERWEIGHT IN THE WORLD. FRANKIE IS ONE OF THE GUYS THAT HELPS ME GET TO THE GOAL. >>YOU SPENT 14 ROUNDS IN THERE SINCE SEPTEMBER. THAT IS A LOT OF GAUGE TIME. THERE IS A LOT OF TALK ABOUT FIGHTING IN AUSTRALIA IN OCTOBER. DOES THAT FEEL TOO SOON FOR YOU, CONSIDERING HOW MUCH YOU HAVE FOUGHT LATELY? COULD YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING THAT? >>I LOOK FINE, I LOOK GREAT. I OWE IT TO MY TEAM AND MY COACHES, WE HAVE TO GET MEDICAL TESTING. I THOUGHT THREE TITLE FIGHTS IN SEVEN MONTHS. I WANT TO FIGHT ONE MORE TIME THIS YEAR. WE HAD TO TAKE THE RIGHT TESTS AND SEE. WE WILL GO FROM THERE. >>DANA WAS IN HERE, AND HE ASKED ABOUT YOU GOING TO 55 IN THE FUTURE. HE MORE OR LESS SAID, THE DOOR IS CLOSED. I ASKED HIM IF HE GOT MORE TIME, I KNOW WAS A SHORT TIME FOR DUSTIN TO BULK UP. HE SAID, DOESN’T MATTER HOW MUCH TIME HE GETS, HE’S NOT INTERESTED IN THAT. WHAT YOU MAKE OF THAT? >>DANA CHANGES HIS MIND EVERY DAY, TOMORROW, YOU MIGHT SAY HE NEEDS A HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT. I DON’T KNOW. HIS MIND IS ALL OVER THE PLACE. I DO RESPECT THE BOSS, BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS. IF THE OPPORTUNITY COMES UP AND THEY CALL, WE WILL TRY AWAY. >>THERE IS A NOTABLE PATTERN IN YOUR FIGHTS, THE FIRST ROUNDS ARE CLOSE, AND THAT THIRD ROUND IS WHEN YOU CLICK AND START TO PULL AWAY. WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOU THAT ALLOWS YOU TO DO THAT. >>I AM LIKE A TRAIN, I GET MY ENGINE ROLLING. ONCE IT IS ROLLING, IT IS HARD TO STOP. EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT. WE HAVE GUYS TO MIMIC FRANKIE, BUT IT IS NOT FRANKIE. I HAVE TO GET IN THERE AND FIGURE IT OUT. WENT TO SEE WHAT IS WORKING AND TRY IT OUT FROM THERE. >>YOU LET IT SOME BIG UPPERCUTS AND THERE WERE TWO REALLY BIG ONES IN THE THIRD ROUND THAT ALLOWED YOU TO PULL AWAY. ONE OF THEM WAS LIKE ORTEGA. DID YOU SEE ON FILM THAT HE WOULD BE VULNERABLE TO THAT?>>WE SAW A BUNCH OF THINGS. THE UPPERCUT WAS LANDED. IT WAS WORKING. WE HAVE THINGS WE PRACTICE MORE. THE UPPERCUT LANDED. I SAID, IF HE WON’T MOVE HIS HEAD, I WILL KEEP DOING IT. IT WAS WORKING. >>I KNOW YOU DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT BEING A BETTER FEATHERWEIGHT THAN JOE. YOU DO HAVE ONE RECORD THAT IS TIED WITH HIM, YOU HAVE 13 OTHER WEIGHT WINS IN A ROW. THAT IS THE MOST WINS IN A ROW IN A DIVISION. WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO THAT? >>I AM TRYING TO BE A LEGEND. I WANT TO BE THE BEST POUND FOR POUND FIGHTER IN THE WORLD. YET WE HAVE THE WITH RESPECT. ALL OF THIS GOAT TALK, DOESN’T AFFECT ME. WHEN I’M DONE, I CAN SIT BACK AND RELAX. HE HAS THE MOST TITLE DEFENSES, SO ON AND SO FORTH. UNTIL I BEAT THOSE RECORDS, THEN I CAN BE IN THAT COMPETITION. >>I HEARD YOU RAN INTO ALEX IN THE ELEVATOR AT THE HOTEL, WHAT WAS THAT CONVERSATION LIKE. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF HIM AS A FUTURE OPPONENT? YOU MAKE THAT IS COOL. WE’RE LIKE, THIS AIN’T AWKWARD. WE BOTH LAUGHED. HE IS A NICE GUY AND A FIGHTER. HE IS A RESPECTABLE GUY. HE DID NOT SAY ANYTHING. HE GOT OFF AND SAID, HAVE A NICE DAY. WE WENT ON OUR WAY. >>ARE YOU OKAY? ARE YOU GOOD? >>I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON. >>MAX, RIGHT HERE. IN FEBRUARY, WHEN ICE OAK WITH ISRAEL. HE SAID WHEN HE FOUGHT THIAGO SILVA. YOU WATCHED MAGGIE FOR A LONG TIME. WAS ANYTHING SIMILAR WHEN YOU ARE FIGHTING HIM? >>HE DID THROW STUFF OUT. WE SOUGHT THE RUNNING SINGLE. YOU CAN SEE MANY PEOPLE TAKING OUT WITH THAT. I SAW HIM DO THAT, FRANKIE IS TRYING IT ON ME. THAT WAS COOL. WE WATCHED A LOT OF TAPE. THERE MANY TIMES AND WE ARE IN THERE. IT’S LIKE, I REMEMBER HIM DOING THIS. IT IS PRETTY COOL. DID YOU CALL OUT DANIEL AGAIN? >>I WILL CALL HIM OUT RIGHT NOW. YOU HAVE TO HOPE THAT THEY CAN MAKE THAT WALK. WE NEED TO FIGHT THAT HAWAIIAN THAT IS 205 POUNDS, THAT IS READY TO TAKE YOUR BELT. I WANT TO BE THE BEST POUND FOR POUND FIGHTER IN THE WORLD. >>WHAT IS THE BEEF? >>DIDN’T YOU SEE THE TWITTER? EVERYBODY WAS SAYING, OH MY GOSH, MAX IS LIMPING. THEY WERE LIKE, THAT IS HIS SWAG. THERE LIKE HE’S NOT BEING COOL, HE IS A CLOWN TO ME. I DON’T LIKE THAT KIND OF BEEF. COME AND SEE ME. [ LAUGHTER ]I GOT NOTHING BUT LOVE FOR THE GUY. HE IS A LEGEND. >>CONGRATULATIONS. FIRST OF ALL, IT HAS BEEN OVER 3 YEARS SINCE YOU WENT TO A DECISION IN THE FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION. WHAT IS IT ABOUT FRANKIE THAT TOOK YOU THE DISTANCE?>>LIKE I SAID, HE IS A LEGEND AND HE IS A MAN. ALL I KEPT HEARING WAS, I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO HANDLE HIS PACE. I COULD NOT HANDLE HIS WRESTLING. I HAD A PLAN IN MY MIND, WANTED TO SHOW EVERYBODY WHY I WAS THE BEST IN THE WORLD. I WENT THAT I DON’T NEED TO BE WITH THE WARS AND STUFF. SOMETIMES IT IS FUN, BUT SOMETIMES I DON’T WANT TO LOOK LIKE THE GUY FROM GOONIES. WE HAVE BUSINESS STUFF TO DO AFTER THIS FIGHT. I COULD NOT BE TOO BEATEN UP. THE LAST FIGHT, I HAD A BIG SCAR ON MY FACE. HE WAS TEASING ME ALL THE TIME. IT WAS HORRIBLE. >>DANA WAS IN HERE, AND WE ARE ASKING ABOUT UFC HAWAII, AND HE SAID NOT AT ALL. DO YOU KNOW WHY HE SAID THAT? >>I DO KNOW, IT IS NOT A UFC THING, IT IS A HAWAII THING. THEY ARE BUILDING THE STADIUM FOR UFC TO COME. UFC HAWAII, THEY DON’T WANT IT THAT BAD. THEY WERE BUILDING THE STADIUM AS WE SPEAK FOR A FIGHT. WE HAVE A STADIUM THERE. HAWAII JUST DOESN’T WANTED THAT BAD. >>DO YOU TAKE EXCEPTION TO THAT SINCE YOU ARE FROM HAWAII? >>YOU THINK I DO? I WANT TO FIGHT AT HOME. EVERY GUYS DREAM IS TO FIGHT AT HOME IN FRONT OF HIS PEOPLE. THANK GOD THAT CANADA TOOK ME ON AS AN HONORARY CAPTAIN. NEXT TIME I GO TO A MAIN EVENT, I WILL TIE WITH HIM. IT IS FINE. HE HAD LINED FIVE CANADIAN CARDS. I MIGHT CATCH UP WITH HIM. >>FINALLY, FOR ME, IF IT IS OKAY FOR HIM, AND HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE RUSH? >>HOW DO THINK I DID TONIGHT? >>PRETTY GOOD. >>PRETTY GOOD? WHAT WAS PRETTY GOOD? >>YOUR PUNCHES. >>IT IS PRETTY GOOD. HE IS NOT GETTING CHOCOLATE WASTED TONIGHT, I AM. I AM TAKING ALL OF THE GOODIES. >>WHAT? I WILL JUST EAT THE FOUNTAIN.[ LAUGHTER ]>>ALONG THE SAME LINES, I’M SURE AFTER THE LOSS TO JUSTIN, NOW YOU CAME BACK FROM THE LOSS , WHAT CAN YOU ADD ONTO THAT LESSON? >>LIKE I SAID, A TRUE CHAMPION WILL GET KNOCKED DOWN AND KEEP CHUGGING ALONG. YOU DON’T SEE SOMEONE’S CHARACTER UNTIL THEY GET TESTED. IF SOMEONE IS GREAT ALL THE TIME, AND THAT IS ALL THEY KNOW, AND THEY HAVE NEVER HAD FAILURE, YOU REALLY DON’T KNOW HOW GREAT THEY ARE. THEY HAVE TO RUN INTO THE PROBLEMS TO FIND OUT ABOUT THEMSELVES. IT IS ONE OF THOSE LESSONS. >>SHOULD THE AUSTRALIA CARD NOT HAPPEN, HOW DETERMINED ARE YOU TO GET IN ONE MORE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR? >>THAT SHOULD HAPPEN. LIKE I JUST SAID, I HAVE TO GO WITH MY TEAM AND TALK. I KNOW HOW BAD I WANT TO FIGHT AT HOME. I DON’T WANT TO TAKE THAT AWAY FROM THE GUYS. I HAVE TO GO SEE THE DOCTOR AND GET CHECKED UP. WE WILL GO FROM THERE, YOU KNOW? AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT IS COOL. I DEFINITELY WANT TO FIGHT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR FOR SURE. UFC HAS THE HABIT OF PUTTING ME THE FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER. HOPEFULLY IF I GET MEDICALLY CLEARED, AND EVERYTHING, I WILL BE GOOD TO GO BY DECEMBER, I CAN GET THAT FIRST WEEK. I HAVE BEEN THE LAST WEEK OF THE LAST 2 YEARS. DO NOT BE CHANGING ON ME NOW, YOU ONLY GET ONE CARD. WE GOTTA KEEP THAT SAME ENERGY, UFC.[ LAUGHTER ]>>FOLLOWING UP ON THAT, I KNOW YOU WANT TO BE ON AN INTERNATIONAL CARD OR THE NEW YEAR’S CARD. WE HAVE A STADIUM SHOW IN OCTOBER ON PAY-PER-VIEW. WILL YOU BE SATISFIED IF YOU ARE ON ONE OF THOSE? MAKE YES, WE WILL SEE. NEW YORK SOUNDS COOL. LIKE I SAID, ALL OF THESE SOUND COOL. I WILL CHECK WITH THE DOCTORS, AND GO FROM THERE. >>DO YOU HAVE YOUR PEANUT BUTTER COCO PUFFS. >>NO, WE HAVEN’T, BUT WE ARE ABOUT TO HAVE SOME. MY MANAGER SAYS, NO YOU ARE NOT. YES I AM, I WILL FIGHT YOU. >>HEY, MAX, YOU MENTIONED GOING TO SEE THE DOCTORS TO GET MEDICALLY TESTED. THAT IS SOMETHING WE DON’T HEAR FIGHTERS TALK ABOUT MUCH. IS THIS SOMETHING YOU HAVE ALWAYS DONE? IS THIS SOMETHING THAT STARTED OUT AFTER THE FIGHT WITH BRIAN? >>THAT IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO LEARN. IT IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS, WE GET BETTER AND BETTER, AND THINGS LIKE THAT HAPPEN. I HAVE THIS MINI ME RIGHT HERE. I WANT BE ABLE TO WALK, TALK, AND BE FINE. WE HAD TRAGEDIES IN COMBAT SPORTS THIS LAST WEEK THAT IS REALLY SAD. WE WANT TO STAY ON TOP OF IT, MY MANAGER AND TEAM, PUSH ME TO GO TO THE DOCTOR. I WILL TELL THEM, OH MY GOSH, MY HAND IS SORE, I WILL GET A TEXT MESSAGE. I TOLD ONE COACH MY HEAD HURTS, AND MY TEXT FOR MY MANAGER SAYS CHECK YOUR GOOGLE CALENDAR, YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE DOCTOR RIGHT NOW. I AM LIKE, WHAT? WHY? WHAT IS GOING ON? THESE GUYS LOOK OUT FOR ME. THAT IS WHY LOVE THEM. I WANT TO BE AROUND FOR A LONG TIME. I DON’T WANT TO BE AROUND FOR A GOOD TIME, WANT TO BE AROUND FOR A LONG TIME. >>WE HAD A TRAGEDY IN BOXING, CONNOR MacGREGOR SAYS WHEN HE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE TRAGEDY, THE WALK IT TAKES ON A DIFFERENT MEANING. OBVIOUSLY, YOU ARE WALKING INTO THE ARENA. YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT HE MEANS BY THAT, KNOWING WHAT HAPPENED IN BOXING RECENTLY? >>YES. I UNDERSTAND A LOT. THIS IS SOMETHING ONLY A FIGHTER KNOWS. THIS SPORT IS CRAZY. IT IS CRAZY. ME AND MY HEAD COACH JOKE AROUND ABOUT IT. THE LAST MEAL BEFORE I FIGHT, HE SAYS EAT WHAT YOU WANT, IT MIGHT BE YOUR LAST MEAL. THAT IS THE WAY WE APPROACH IT. WE DON’T WISH THAT, BUT THAT IS THE MINDSET. YOU NEVER KNOW. YOU REALLY NEVER KNOW. THIS WORLD IS CRAZY AND THIS SPORT IS CRAZY. IT IS INSANE. WE HAVE NOTHING BUT LOVE AND PRAYERS FOR THAT FAMILY. THERE ARE TWO FAMILIES. OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO THEM. ARE WE ALL GOOD? I HAVE MY CHIPS WITH MY DIP NOW. THANK YOU GUYS. [ APPLAUSE ]


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