After a terrific evening’s entertainment at UFC 140 some of the stars of the show in Toronto assembled in front of the media for the post-fight press conference.
On the stage were all five main card winners, Jon Jones, Frank Mir, Lil Nog, Brian Ebersole and The Korean Zombie, plus the main event loser Lyoto Machida.
See our notes from the presser below.
– Attendance: 18,303 / Gate: $3.9 million.
– Jon Jones felt the fight turned when he started to use his wrestling. He got a big lift when he saw that Machida was bleeding.
– Mir had “a strong inclination” that Big Nog wouldn’t tap out.
– Dana believes that Mir’s finish was the best heavyweight submission of all-time.
– White denies a rumors sweeping the arena post-fight that Alistair Overeem has pulled out of his fight with Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 later this month.
– Despite his performance tonight Frank Mir won’t step ahead of the winner of Overeem Vs Lesnar to be the next No.1 contender in the heavyweight division.
– Jones is pleased that he was able to show he can take a punch and reveals that his coach Greg Jackson was most proud of the fact that he kept his composure and proved that he could fight through adversity.
– Lil Nog says that he was mentally prepared for the fact that his brother might lose tonight and points out it’s not the first time that either one of them has lost when they’ve fought on the same card.
– Dana predicts that Jones could be “the best ever” if he “stays on the right path” and can’t see anyone beating him in the near future.
He also believes that Jonse can become the UFC’s biggest star, pointing out that it takes time even for the likes of GSP and Anderson Silva to reach that level. He also disregards the boo’s the champion got, saying that it doesn’t matter.
– Machida felt like the fight was “going great” until he got cut on the forehead and that affected his vision.
He adds that he wants another chance to fight Jones again in the future. Beyond that he’s not sure who will be able to beat the champion.
– Jones said that with his walkout, coming out to a track called “Beautiful People” he wanted to show his fans that he appreciates them, and that he won’t let the boos shake him.
– According to Mir after the big shot he took he was still fine mentally, but it did wobble him physically.
– Dana won’t commit to whether Tito Ortiz has fought for the last time in the UFC or not – he’ll wait and see. Judging from the way he was talking I think he’s leaning more towards giving him one last fight though.
He adds that Ortiz is now in the hospital getting checked for a possible broken rib.
– The Korean Zombie declares that this is the biggest KO of his career. He says he feels bad for the Canadian fans because he upset the hometown hero in his own backyard.
– Jones wants to take as much as four or five months off now. Having said that he also wants to be “a company guy”, so he won’t put up too much of a fight if the UFC have plans for him.
He confirms he plans to go on holiday now, and says he wants to give back to his parents by giving them a “magical vacation.”
– Mir makes a bold statement, saying that if Alistair Overeem did happen to be out of his fight with Brock Lesnar then he would be happy to step in for him on three weeks notice.
– Dana amusingly describes the ‘UFC ON FOX 1’ show as “60 minutes of yapping, 60 seconds of fighting.”
– White says The Korean Zombie has become really popular with fans and he plans to have a quick turnaround and have him fight again soon.
– Big news from Dana: March 3rd will see the introduction of the 125lb flyweight division to the UFC. Ian McCall Vs Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez Vs Yasuhiro Urushitani. This will be a “tournament” with the two winners going on to fight for the flyweight title later in the year.
– Jones Vs Anderson Silva isn’t likely to happen any time soon according to White.
– Machida is taking his loss philosophically, stating that these things happen in MMA and that he just has to continue on.
– Brian Ebersole believes that he did enough to win his fight, pointing to his wrestling as being the key factor in his victory.
– Dennis Hallman’s future in the UFC isn’t in doubt despite missing weight for this fight says Dana.