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UFC 137 Real Time Press Conference Highlights

Though Halloween is less than a week away, MMA fans will receive a handful of treats a few days early when UFC 137 unfolds live from Las Vegas on October 29. Headlined by former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz battling it out with UFC icon B.J. Penn, the fistic festivities also include a quartet of notable heavyweights and more than one fight with impact on the related division’s contendership picture.

Before the competitors take to the Octagon they’ll head to the stage later this afternoon for a press conference relating to Saturday night’s show. On hand will be Diaz, Penn, Cheick Kongo, Matt Mitrione, and Dana White who will all field questions from fans/media.

Five Ounces of Pain will be tuned in and delivering highlights back to readers as they unfold in real time when the presser starts at 4:00 PM EST.

Read below to check out all the interesting nuggets of information and scintillating soundbytes pulled from the proceedings:

Nick Diaz:

*Thinks he might be the underdog because now he’s in the UFC.

*Still thinks his style is a bad match up for GSP.

*Wanted the press to come to him. Says he enjoys the right kind of press.

B.J. Penn:

*Says both he and Nick are both in a must-win situation. Thinks they both have a lot of pressure on them.

*Still wants to fight GSP because he’s the champ.

Matt Mitrione:

*Worked with guys like Randy Couture, Rashad Evans, and Tyrone Spong leading up to this fight.

*”If I get my ass kicked then I know it wasn’t worth it, but if I can hang with him then I know where I stand.”

*Calls out a reporter for asking about taking days off and trying to start something.

*Tried not to hope from training camp to training camp so he could work on things.

*”I challenge anybody with a belt to a 40-yard dash.”

Cheick Kongo:

Mirko Cro Cop:

*”This could easily be my last fight in the UFC. Win or lose.”

*Says after he retires, he’s going to raise his kids.

Roy Nelson:

*”If you lose two fights, people want you to retire. So I guess I have to retire.”

Dana White:

*Announces the UFC has signed Jon Anik from ESPN to work for them on FOX.

*Says that UFC is lucky BJ Penn vs. Nick Diaz stayed together because he knew it could headline the card.

*Is impressed by Diaz’ winning streak.

*Had no problems with people wanting refunds even after Georges St. Pierre pulled out.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    For me this card (when it was gsp vs diaz) before all the drama was card of the year now its just a card. they should have a backup fight with decent names on deck in cases like this so fans like me dont feel so dissapointed. Still eager for sat dont get me wrong just a lil less eager.

  • Dufresne says:

    This card may have lost a lot of its luster with all the main event changes, but it still has a number of fights that have the potential of turning into absolute wars. Siver/Cerrone, Kongo/Mitrione, and Diaz/Penn are the obvious frontrunners for fight of the night, but Griffin/Palaszewski, Hioki/Roop, and Jorgense/Curran should all be very good fights too and might manage to sneak an end of night bonus or two away from the main attractions.

    This card seems lacking at first glance due to the absence of a title fight, but as far as entertaining, competitive fights go, this event is stuffed to the gills.

  • Kamakosmo says:

    Hey! Look at that….Diaz showed up to Presser! Good going man.

  • Rece Rock says:

    and he was a half hr early… nothing better then having to give kudos to a person for doing something they are supposed to do.

  • MCM says:

    Thumbs up Chris, I mean Rece, Rock.

  • Guthookd says:

    God damn it Kongo.

  • Rece Rock says:

    haha u caught that borrowed thought huh MCM…


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