Woodley: I still believe I am the welterweight G.O.A.T.
"I still believe I’m the greatest welterweight of all time. Now, my path is getting back to the belt. Sometimes, everyone thinks proving that is that you were on a streak and you don’t lose or you were undefeated. But sometimes the greatest champions have to face adversity and bounce back and win. So I am looking to run that fight back.” Dana White wants a Lawler vs. Askren rematch, but 'Funky' passed so how about a Lawler vs. Woodley rematch? h/t MMA Mania
'Mighty'Johnson would love to box Floyd Mayweather
"Absolutely, I'll step in there and fight Floyd. Three rounds? Yah just boxing, I'll do that, it'll be fun! I feel like I would do fine. I think for Floyd Mayweather, if it makes money sense, I think he would do anything." Watch TMZ Sports Interview
Office of the President of Nigeria lauds Kamaru Usman
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa: “I congratulate you on this wonderful feat, for winning this fight not only for Nigeria but for the African continent. We are truly proud of you and urge you to continue to use your professional prowess to extol the virtues of Nigerian heritage. Your shining beacon serves as an inspiration to the Youths of Nigeria."
Dana White not impressed by Johnny Walker's injury inducing worm celebration
”This kid’s special, and I wish he would stop doing that $#!@ after. There’s no upside to celebrating like that after, doing the kick worm or whatever the hell that thing is that he was he was trying to do. It’s unnecessary. You don’t need to do it. What you did was impressive enough. I’m hearing that he’s OK. It’s all I’ve been terrorizing the medical staff about. They’re going to wait until Monday to get him an MRI, because he said he was fine. All the symptoms looked good after the fight. Hopefully, that’s true. This guy wants to fight every weekend, which I love. When you are a rising star and you have the talent that that guy does, staying active is the best thing for your career. We’re not looking to throw him in against anyone serious any time soon.” h/t MMA Mania • Watch White • Watch Worm
Smith: Jones didn't beat me, he nullified me
“I don’t know what happened. I did exactly what I told everyone I wasn’t going to do. I let Jon Jones sit back and be Jon Jones. I guess sometimes you go in there and it’s not your night. That’s just not good enough for me. I couldn’t pull the trigger and when I did, I didn’t combo up like I was supposed too. I didn’t do anything I was supposed to do except defend takedowns. I absolutely belong here and I think the fight alone proves that. I don’t know what other 205er is going to f@$% with me – I just don’t see that happening. I was in there and I don’t feel like I got ran through. I feel like I got shut down. I don’t think Jon Jones went in there and beat the $#!@ out of me – I just couldn’t get going. That’s Jon Jones, though, I guess. I said I needed to force Jon Jones to fight me and I didn’t do that. He didn’t fight me, he nullified me – and it’s going to haunt me for a long time. That’s a beatable man.” h/t MMAjunkie
Amir Albazi predicts Round 2 finish of Jose Torres in co-main of Brave 22 on 3/15
The Iraq-born Swedish representative and London Shootfighters protege says he feels at ease waiting for their fight in the background, while Torres gets all the attention: "I think he's a very experienced fighter and I'm looking forward to showcasing my skills against him. I don't think Jose can threaten me anywhere to be honest. I am confident in my abilities and I think I can get either a TKO or a submission against him in the second round. I do hope he's training hard for this because I'm bringing everything I've got into the cage. No excuses. I take pride in the work that I do. I'm always the first person in the gym and the last one to come out. I want to be recognized as the best Flyweight ever so to fight a guy like Torres now is just what I need."
Dana White would love to see Jones vs. Marreta
“I love the Thiago Santos fight. I love that fight. I would love to see him verse Jon Jones. Thiago looks unbelievable at that weight, he’s big, I like his fighting style, and when you put Jon Jones in those type of fights, Jones shines. Jones sort of is one of those guys who rises to the level of his opponent. .. I think Thiago Santos is going to be one of those guys who comes in aggressive, moves forward and gives you the kind of fight that you’re used to seeing Jon Jones in.” h/t MMAjunkie
Jon Jones discusses what's next
“Whoever it may be, I’m ready to take them all. I think all these younger fighters should get their opportunity at a world title. When you’re sitting in my position, it's like, who am I to deny people? I’m not going to talk ahead too much. I’m going to get with my coaches. We are a close, tight-knit family. This career is not mine, it’s all of ours. We’re going to talk about what we want next, who we want to fight next and just play it like that. At the end of the day, I feel like this is my time, my era, and I was meant to be here to be a great, great champion,” Jones said. “This belt here is supposed to be covered in red rubies. And I got a new challenge to get this thing covered in red rubies – and that means I got to beat a lot of ass, and I’m up for the challenge." h/t MMAjunkie • Watch post-fight press conference
Tyron Woodley wants rematch vs. Kamaru Usman, felt ‘hypnotized’
“I’ve been on the other side of the stick a lot. I’ve beat a lot of people up, knocked a lot of people out, won some close fights, that people may have thought they won so I just had to make sure he got his proper respect for winning tonight. ... It was just something real weird. He was dropping down and squatting all low and it was almost like I was hypnotized like I know you’re about to shoot, I’m trying to time what you do so I can hit you with those uppercuts, and then I think I got to the point I was just waiting on him to shoot. ... I was just flat and I don’t know why but when you’re on this stage you can’t have a bad night. ... Colby has been kind of sitting around trying to call the shots but if that’s what the organization wants to do, it’s their organization. We know what I’m capable of. I’m just looking to rematch and run it back, man. It’s my fifth title defense, and I feel I’m the champion and what I do for this organization, the performance may not have involved for a rematch but I think my resume does. ... People get injured, things happen. Colby might pull a couple more stunts and kick himself off the title fight, so I’m just going to be prepared." h/t MMA Fighting • Watch post-fight press conference
Dana White wants Askren vs. Lawler rematch
“Bad stoppage. We had a debate, me, the referee and the commission over being choked out. I’ve been choked out many times before, too, and one of the things you don’t do is jump right up and say ‘what the F@$% did you just do’. It never happens that way. That was a bad stoppage. It happens. What are you going to do? It sucks. It was a good fight. We want to do the fight again. We’ll figure it out.” h/t Yahoo Sports • Watch post-fight press conference