The UFC held a press conference in Toronto, Canada today for December’s UFC 140: Jones Vs Machida event.
See below for notes from the presser and scroll down to watch the full video for yourself.
– Dana White jokes that if the weather wasn’t so bad he’d live in Toronto.
– White points out that he never officially stated that Jon Jones vs Rashad Evans would be the main event of this show.
– The UFC president feels it’s not to early to come back to Toronto after a huge event in April, and states that it’s the “biggest market on the planet” for the UFC. He admits they were a little hesitant to try to do another stadium fight quite so soon though.
– Jon Jones says that a war of words with the likes of Rashad Evans and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson didn’t bother him, and feels it was a good learning experience for him. He’s now getting more comfortable with that aspect of the game, but would still prefer just to be respectful with his opponents.
– Dana likes the Jones – Machida event stylistically and believes that if Jones can beat the Brazilian then there’s no doubting he’s one of the best fighters in the world.
– Lyoto Machida admits he was caught by surprise when he was offered this fight, but he didn’t feel at any stage prior to this that the UFC had anything against him and he always believed his time would come.
– Jones says that there’s definitely not an issue with him getting up for this fight, though he does go on to say that he does have a strong desire to fight Rashad Evans.
– Jones will combat Machida’s style by just being himself, noting that the karate expert hasn’t fought anyone like him before, and vice versa. He also emphasizes the importance of studying his opponent prior to the fight.
– Machida guarantees that he will be very well prepared and will “overcome his athleticism with my technique.”
– Dana believes Jones is “the whole package”, but he’s particularly impressed by how he’s this young and yet is running through many of the best and most experienced fighters in the division. He think’s he’s still several years from his physical prime which makes his accomplishments even more impressive. He also credits him for how he’s handling himself despite now becoming a big star.
– Regarding his experience in Toronto at UFC 129 he felt very welcomed by the fans and looks forward to fighting for them.
Jones says he hasn’t fought of the Toronto fans before but he points out that he’s used to coming here to train with GSP and he knows that they are the best fans in the world.
– White confirms they will do another stadium fight in Toronto at some stage, it’s just a matter of finding the right fight to do it with.
– Jones feels comfortable with his star status and says he feels like he’s where he’s suppose to be.
– Jones says the only negative that he’s had with his growing popularity is that he has to be more careful about what he says as people scrutinize him so much. Overall though he’s very happy with how things are going.
– Despite having trained with him before Jones won’t train with GSP prior to this fight since he’s currently preparing to fight another team-mate of his, Carlos Condit and he doesn’t want to feel like he’s choosing sides.
Meanwhile Lyoto reveals that Anderson Silva has called him and confirmed that he will helping him train for this fight.
– White won’t be drawn on what will happen to Tito Ortiz if he loses at UFC 140. “We’ll see what happens.”
– White says it’s possible that young Canadian fighter Rory MacDonald could “be the next big superstar”, though he doesn’t want to put pressure on him.
– Frank Mir has told White that he wants to fight more regularly.
– Will Jones ever fight Anderson Silva? White says you can’t overlook the fact that he still has to face Machida and Evans first, and Silva still has a lot on his plate too including his likely next fight, a rematch with Chael Sonnen.