Well, I’m going out tonight, but I’m gonna go home Monday. We’ll talk about it Monday and Tuesday, but this could have been the last time…I’m gonna go out and drink tonight, have a good time. And then that’s probably safe to say, but I’m not going to make any decisions ‘till I go home and talk to everybody, talk to all my people and my friends…
I know the media likes to portray me like I’m this tyrant that terrorizes people or whatever my title is, but I care about these guys. I don’t want to see anybody stick around too long. I don’t want to see anybody get hurt. In the almost 20 year history of the UFC there’s never been a death or serious injury, and you’re never gonna see Chuck Liddell on the canvas again. It’s done. Tonight was the end of an era. One of the greatest guys in the sport fought his last fight tonight.
Next up, addressing the Silva vs Leites fight (or whatever you want to call it). Anderson Silva:
Not every fight is going to be a knockout. Not every fight is going to be some spectacular finish. But what I trained to do, I felt I executed in there. He wasn’t able to execute his game and I was able to do mine. And I walked away with the victory and the belt still.
I apologize. I personally apologize for what happened tonight. You guys know, this isn’t what the UFC was built on and this isn’t the way the fights usually go. Listen, any night you can have an off-night. When a guy is that talented and can literally end a fight whenever he wants to, wow…I honestly think that Anderson Silva needs to challenge himself a little more. Maybe we need to do another fight at 205…. Maybe we do a fight at 205 with somebody who poses a serious threat to him.
Shogun on his performance:
When I fought Coleman, my knee was 100 percent. But I still needed to adapt to the space of the octagon. I was in much better shape because of the constant training…I dedicated myself to this match. I left Curitiba [Brazil, his hometown, where he has trained his entire career] and went 300 miles away [to Sao Paolo, Brazil]. I trained, ate and slept and did everything right so I could give a better performance.
Dana also had good things to say about Cheick Kongo, and proclaimed that he is a now a contender in the UFC heavyweight title picture.
Post-fight press conference video with Anderson Silva after the jump.
Update: Versus has additional footage of press conference after the jump.