The UFC held the annual pre-fight press conference on Thursday for UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir, with all 10 heavyweights on the main card in attendance.
Stipe Miocic, Shane Del Rosario, Stefan Struve, Lavar Johnson, Roy Nelson, Dave Herman, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Antonio Silva, ex-UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir, and current UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos were all involved in the event.
Below you will find some more of the noteworthy quotes from those 10 fighters:
- Johnson feels like his biggest improvement has come in speed and footwork, with those two areas helping him deliver two first round knockouts in his UFC fights.
- Struve, just 24 years old and with 10 UFC fights to his credit, wants to finish his career with anywhere between 50 and 60 UFC bouts.
- After an auto accident seemed to derail the career of Del Rosario, the big man is planning on returning, saying, “All has come full circle. I am honored to be here.”
- Miocic just wants to remain in the UFC and has no plans to replace Mirko CroCop in terms of being a Croatian legend.
- “I still have the same expectations,” said Herman, who has no problems with last-minute opponent changes. He says one time his opponent was changed when he arrived to the arena.
- Nelson says, “In our sport, it’s definitely entertainment. There is an athlete part, but if we weren’t selling ratings, we wouldn’t be on TV.”
- Silva has worked with famed dietician Mike Dolce to cut weight in an effort to gain speed for his bout with Velasquez.
- Velasquez, “Can’t really dwell on the past, you just have to learn from it and move forward.”
- Anik lets it be known that the eight fighters competing Saturday have a combined MMA record of 156-20. Pretty impressive stat.
- Mir says, “Everybody I’ve faced is the best in the world. I beat them because I was a little bit better.” He feels the comments made by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, “were lost in translation.”
- When asked about his career being hall of fame worthy, Mir said, “A select group speak from emotion and don’t look at stats. Just because they speak the loudest, doesn’t mean they are the majority.”
- Dos Santos did in fact sleep with the UFC title the first night he won it from Velasquez, adding, “That was special for me. I just won it, it was my dream come true that day, so I sleep with my belt.”