The UFC held a press conference today in promotion of the upcoming UFC 135: Jones vs. Jackson fight card, which will take place on September 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
The following are news, notes and quotes from the presser.
-Quinton Jackson: “I’m glad Jon Jones is underestimating me. He’ll be very surprised on Saturday.” Says this has been his best training camp in a long time.
-Jon Jones: “I’m not underestimating Rampage at all, that would be a very ignorant thing for me to do.”
-Josh Koscheck: “I’d like to thank Matt Hughes and the UFC for putting this fight together.”
-Rampage says he isn’t surprised by being counted as the underdog, but it doesn’t bother him, it makes him more motivated.
-Jones isn’t too concerned with how his chin will stand up to Jackson’s offense.
-Jones and Jackson go back and forth, with Jackson asserting that Jones hasn’t fought any big names aside from Rua, who was rusty at the time. Jones calls Jackson out for having lost to Forrest Griffin.
-Koscheck doesn’t feel like he took the fight on nineteen days notice, since he’s been in the gym constantly over the last few months helping his teammates prepare for their fights.
-Koscheck is still open to fighting at middleweight and Dana White is okay with it, but his mind is on Matt Hughes right now.
-Hughes: I was never offered a fight with Koscheck before, he’s just one of the guys that called me out.
-“I don’t want to be in my forties and fighting…I’m not gonna sign another four-fight deal.” – Matt Hughes, though he hasn’t made a decision on retirement yet.
-Jon Olav Einemo will be back in the UFC, Dana White not sure when. UFC eying possible show in Sweden.
-“I’m not trying to disrespect Matt Hughes, he’s been a good representative of the UFC and of this sport. And, plus in nineteen days, you can’t really stir up too much. As much as I’d like to, just for the fun of it. Matt’s a good guy and we have a lot in common. I think he’s a well-respected fighter around the sport and it’s gonna be a fun fight,” said Koscheck.
-After a fan insinuates that Strikeforce’s days are numbered, White says that the fate of Strikeforce depends on Showtime, not Zuffa.