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UFC 95 Conference Call Recap: Stevenson and Sanchez Meet the Press

The Ultimate Fighting Championship held a conference call for reporters on Thursday afternoon in advance of UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson.

The event features The Ultimate Fighter champions Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez (Season 1) making his debut in the lightweight division, and Joe “Daddy” Stevenson (Season 2).

The event will air on SPIKE TV and will emanate live from the O2 Arena in London, England on Saturday, February 21. live blogged the conference call. Below is our minute-by-minute recap.

12:54 p.m. — We’re on hold and listening to some great elevator music. Feel free to chat away in the comment thread while we wait to get started.

12:58 p.m. — Leave a comment and let me know that you’re out there!

1:01 p.m. — The operator came on and said we’re waiting for additional participants.

1:09 p.m. — Still on hold. Conference calls starting late is nothing abnormal though.

1:13 p.m. — We’re starting without Diego (possible cell phone issues). But Joe Daddy is in the house!

1:15 p.m. — Joe says he feels great coming into this fight. Said that he’s hit a turning point in his camp where he’s excelling emotionally and spiritually. He said he was upset at all the comments on the Internet with his last fight and in a bad mood heading into the bout but that he’s avoided the Internet this time around.

1:16 p.m. — Joe says that Diego is a true professional and he doesn’t think his first cut to lightweight will be a factor.

1:17 p.m. — Diego is now in the house.

1:18 p.m. — Diego apologizes for being late. He said he was late because he’s working on his cut. Said he was 193 lbs. on Christmas Eve and has dropped about 30 pounds. Said he wanted to make the cut because it’s a challenge and that losing the last few pounds has been tough.

1:19 p.m. — Diego said cutting carbs out of his diet has been tough but that he hasn’t had to cut water out and as such, he’s feeling strong.

1:20 p.m. — Diego says he’s been training in the high altitudes of Lake Tahoe since January 4. Brought his jiu-jitsu coaches out for the camp and said that Jake Shields also helped him. He mentioned that Joey Gilbert and Jacare also helped him out.

1:21 p.m. — Diego doesn’t think he’s going to be a lightweight permanently. Believes that since he’s young that now is the time to make the cut because when he gets older, it might not be an option. Says he’s been told once he hit his 30s that cutting weight gets much tougher.

1:22 p.m. — Diego said he’s not looking past Joe but that he’d like a fight vs. B.J. Penn. He believes it will be a huge fight and that it’s something the fans will get excited about.

1:24 p.m. — Joe says he rooted for Diego while watching TUF 1. Says he knows Diego from King of the Cage. Also said the two know each other from doing press appearances together. Joe also said that some people get him confused with Diego Sanchez.

1:25 p.m. — Diego’s phone is dying and he is calling in on another phone.

1:26 p.m. — Diego said he watched Joe on season two and that he’s a fan. He said he knew Joe was going to win season two. Said he really likes Joe and it’s not really a fight he wanted. Said he’d rather hit someone in the face that he doesn’t like.

1:28 p.m. — Diego is talking about traveling overseas for a fight for the first time. Said he doesn’t want to over-analyze things and just wants to focus on the fight. He mentioned that he heard the food sucks in the U.K. and Joe laughed. From personal experience, I can tell you the food has gotten a lot better over the years. The Indian and Japanese food is especially good since both countries were former British Commonwealths.

1:30 p.m. — Joe has said he’s moved away from Vegas since the lost to Penn. Wanted to get away from temptations. Says he no longer drinks. Said that his 8-year old son asked him for Christmas to stop chewing (Tobacco) and that he granted his son’s wish.

1:32 p.m. — Joe is asked about pre-fight nutrition. Says he’s at about 2,200-2,400 calories a day. No simple carbs. Complex carbs. Mainly proteins. Limited sugar intake. No more than 30 grams of fat a day. After the workout, he has a recovery drink. Says the day of a weight cut that he cuts 8-9 pounds of water but still eats breakfast that days.

1:34 p.m. — Diego says he starting “supplementing” in high school. He said he’s experimented with all kinds of diets. Said on TUF 1 he would eat rice krispies treats every night and well done red meat because he was told to do that. Says he’s worked with Oscar De La Hoya’s nutritionist since then and eats better. Said the diet was fine for 170 but that he had to change to make 155 and cut even more fats out. Said he’s only eating small meals because he can only take in 1,100 calories a day. Eats a lot of fish and avoids eating a few hours before bed.

1:37 p.m. — Joe asked Diego if still he uses the “Magic Bullet” blender and Diego laughs and said he has a real blender now. Diego says he’s doing the whole “organic” thing now and that he just tries to eat clean.

1:38 p.m. — Joe is asked about a matchup between past opponents Kenny Florian and B.J. Penn and he said he believes Penn wins that. Said he had a facial cut leading up to the Florian fight and it limited his training and that he couldn’t work his wrestling or spar. Joe wants another shot at Kenny.

1:40 p.m. — Diego weighs in on Penn vs. Florian. He said before the St. Pierre fight that he would have picked B.J. but that after watching the fight, he thinks it’s a bad time for B.J. to be fighting. Said if B.J. couldn’t have better cardio for the biggest fight of the life, that there are issues there. Said it’s a bad time for B.J. to fight Florian and that if Florian can take the fight deep that he will win.

1:42 p.m. — Fighters are asked about their heroes in MMA and who they like to watch. Joe said Dan Henderson. Diego prefaces his response by apologizing to Dana White and said for him, it’s Fedor Emelianenko. Said he doesn’t even know if he’s human. Said he has no emotion in his fights and respects how he comes into fights wearing “the cross” and “honors the lord” after the fight. Said he also looks up to Anderson Silva but that he sees holes in Silva’s game.

1:44 p.m. — Joe also said he looks up to Fedor.

1:50 p.m. — Joe said he usually walks around at 174 lbs. Joe said he loves Vanilla wafers but can’t eat them until after he weighs in. Diego said he’s had to deprive himself from a lot of food but that he likes the kind of shape he’s in and said after the fight he plans to keep himself at check. Said he craves pizza the most when he’s cutting weight. Diego is asked about drinking and said he doesn’t drink too much these days. Said he used to party a lot and that it really set him back in his career.

1:52 p.m. — Diego said after the fight that he’s planning a trip to the Napa Valley and plans to do some wine tasting.

1:56 p.m. —Diego said he’s not worried about the big weight cut having a negative effect. Said he’s kept his strength up.

1:58 p.m. — Joe said he usually weighs 170 lbs. in the morning and then weighs 165 lbs. after his workout. Diego said right now he’s 167 in the morning and weighed 162.8 after last night’s workout. Diego said he believes he’s pretty close to striking distance for his final weight before the cut.

2:00 p.m. — The fighters are asked about the GSP “greasing” incident. Diego said he knows Greg Jackson and knows he would never intentionally cheat. However, he said they did it and even though it was by accident, they shouldn’t have put the Vaseline on his body. Joe mentioned that they should do a third fight and that maybe B.J. should focus on coming in lighter next time and try to be quicker and faster. Diego said he sees no reason for a third fight between B.J. and GSP because it’s going to be the same outcome.

2:01 p.m. — Joe says by fighting since such a young age that he feels like he’s 47 even though he’s only 26. Says it hurts when he wakes up sometimes but that with the right training and proper nutrition there’s no reason why he can’t get properly prepared for his fights. Asked about retirement and Joe said he’s going “to ride this car until the wheels come off.”

2:04 p.m. — Diego says that despite having competed since a young age as well that he feels his age (27) in spite of all the wear and tear.

2:05 p.m. — Joe told Diego “G-d Bless” and Diego also had nice sentiments for Joe as well. These two guys really respect and like each other. Joe also congratulated Diego on “the baby.” That concludes our call. Hope you enjoyed the blog.


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