The UFC held a press conference today in promotion of the upcoming UFC 139: Shogun Vs. Henderson fight card, which will take place on November 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
On the dais were UFC president Dana White, main eventers Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua as well as co-main event fighters Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le.
Notes and Quotes
-“I’m very honored to be fighting for the UFC and I’m very excited to be fighting Wanderlei… I would have been just as excited for either (Silva or Vitor Belfort).” – Cung Le
-Dan and I get along just fine. We butt heads here and there, but I respect him a lot. … I can’t hate him for knocking Fedor out either. – Dana White
-“I guess it’s a little ironic that anytime I win a title somewhere, Dana has to buy the company to get me back.” – Henderson, who also says that the best match-ups for him are in the UFC.
-Hendo says he’d prefer to stay at light heavyweight, doesn’t want to cut weight anymore in his career. He would only want to make the cut to fight Anderson.
-Le says he learned his lesson about focusing on MMA when he came back from making movies to fight Scott Smith for the first time and won’t make that mistake again; “I’ll be ready to go here.”
-“I love fighting. I love this sport. I grew up inside the ring, inside the octagon and I’m gonna fight as long as I can.” – Silva
-Shogun says he wants to get back to the title and that fighting accomplished competitors like Dan Henderson is the only way to do it.
-Wanderlei is asked if he feels like his back is against the wall: “Some guys fight better in that position. I’m thinking I’m one of those guys.”
At this point, Dana turns it over to the fans.
-White says Josh Koscheck can fight on the card if he fights Jon Fitch.
-Shogun tells fans that he won’t be dropping to middleweight; he walks around at 225-230lbs.
-Dana says Silva vs. Hendo 2 isn’t off the table; if Hendo wins and wants to cut the weight, then they’ll talk about it.
-Henderson and Silva are interested in fighting in Japan, Shogun is focused only on Dan Henderson.
-Le says he’s focused only on this fight right now, not movies. “Right now it’s only about being an MMA fighter.”
-Shogun says it was cool that Rampage called him out, he’s a guy that he likes and respects a lot. He expects to face Rampage somewhere down the line.