Audio from today’s UFC 126 conference call courtesy of The MMA Digest

Vitor Belfort

Vitor on his decision to leave Shawn Tompkins:

“Every fighter has his own mind (and) represents himself, of course, but you have people around you (who) help to make decisions,” he said. “I’ve been training four years, I think, at Xtreme Couture, and I feel good over there.

“When [Tompkins] was last there, we tried to work together. But he’s doing his thing. He was doing his team, and he wants to do it the way he wants. And I felt like I still wanted to work over there (at Xtreme Couture), but I just thought it wouldn’t have worked out. They had, like, personal issues and stuff, and I don’t take things personal. I take things professional, and I met with him and … I really talked to him, and I [said], ‘You’re going to this direction. I think for me what is better is that direction,’ and (it was) not just myself that made the decision.”

“I have people around me … that are really important to my life,” he said. “So it was a very easy decision. But the only thing that was hard, of course, (is that) you want things to work out. But you have to take life easy. You can’t make a big thing of things that happen.”

Forrest Griffin

Forrest Griffin on his long layoff:

“For me, being off for a year, that’s huge,” Griffin said in a Thursday teleconference. “It’s a weird feeling, I’m a little more nervous than usual. During this year I’ve had spurts of really good training when I thought I was going to fight. The big thing is going to be that first minute, and making that adjustment, getting back in there. This is the longest break I’ve had in fighting since 2000, so it’s weird.”

“It’s nice to get to do other things and not really worry about fighting. It’s mentally refreshing. But physically, a good break every now and then is great for your body. But it was too long. Too long without competing. I don’t know. This is the most ring rust I’ve ever had. I’m not excited about it. I’m definitely going to fight more.”

Rich Franklin

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