After an amazing title fight to round of UFC 117 last night Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen both gave their thoughts on the fight at the post-fight press conference.
There was far less trash-talking and much more respect from both fighters now that the bout was over, but Sonnen still had plenty to say and entertained with his thoughts on what had almost been one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history.
Read some key quotes from both fighters below and scroll down to watch video highlights from the post-fight press conference courtesy of heavy.com.
“I’ve been training jiu-jitsu a long time and out of respect to Nogueira I wanted to finish this fight by a submission. You know what this is not an excuse but about a week and a half ago I was training with Ishi, he came to train with Lyoto and I had a bad injury to my rib. The doctor told me he didn’t want me to fight, but I believe the show must go on. Once again it’s not an excuse, but I just wanted to come here and put it all out on the line, and that’s what I did.”
“To be honest with you I don’t really have anything against Chael. You know, this is a sport, what happens inside of the ring it’s a fight, but outside of the ring, whatever it is it’s in the past. I respect Chael, I respect all of my opponents and basically I don’t hold any grudges.”
“The one thing I was thinking about, I was thinking about my home. I was thinking about my kids, my family, my wife. I haven’t seen them in three months. I was thinking about my grandmother who passed away three weeks ago. I was thinking about my family and I couldn’t wait to get back home to see them.”
“I’m devastated. I came in second. I worked hard and did all I could do and all that nice stuff, but at the end of the day you either get your hand raised or you don’t, and I didn’t. And that’s it, and I’ll live with it, but I’m devastated.”
“I don’t apologize for anything, I never did, and if I ever backed off from my stance I would send myself a pink slip and move on in life. I have one goal, it’s to be the world champion, and I’m not backing off that goal because of tonight’s decision. …I’m not Dog the Bounty Hunter. I don’t issue apologies and you’re not going to be the first to get one out of me.”
“He hit me real hard a couple times. He kicked me real hard a couple times. You’re just in the middle of a fistfight on a Saturday night. There’s not a lot of thinking. A lot of people like to talk about strategy and thinking and blah, blah, blah. It’s a fistfight in the middle of Oakland, California in a steel cage.”
“If the commission would sanction it and Dana would move, I would fight him right now.”