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“UFC 140: Jones Vs. Machida” Pre-Fight Presser Notes And Quotes

UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida goes down this Saturday night from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and will feature a light heavyweight title bout between champ Jon Jones and former champ Lyoto Machida, a heavyweight rematch between veterans Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, as well as a light heavyweight tilt between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Tito Ortiz. All of those fighters and UFC president Dana White filled the dais today to promote the bout.

-Pretty standard stuff to start out. Jon Jones talks about slowly getting respect, Dana White assures that Lyoto Machida is a credible challenger and then most everyone weighs in on the growth of MMA in Canada and Brazil.

-Mir thinks that Big Nog underestimated him last time around and that he caught him off guard, so Nogueira will be coming to fight more inspired and sharp this time.

-Ortiz is satisfied to be able to fight three times in a year coming off of two serious surgeries.

-Ortiz calls himself the People’s Champ now because he’s always given back to his fans and because it marks a change toward the positive in his life.

-Jones explains that when he walks into the cage, he’s thinking that there’s no other place in the world he should be. He feels he’s found his calling in life and that boosts his performances in the cage.

-Dana White shuts down some booing fans over his assertion that GSP is the most popular Canadian athlete. Says Wayne Gretzky isn’t popular in the Philippines, GSP is.

-Ortiz and Jones speak on the danger of head injuries and brain damage in MMA, comparing it to boxing and football. Mir jumps in as well, piggy-backing on the standing eight count argument and how secondary and tertiary concussions are far worse than the initial one.

-White admits that he didn’t like the idea of Ortiz changing his nickname, but believe that it does signify a change in his personality that was worth acknowledging.

-“I love to fight with Rogerio, because we can train together.” – Big Nog. Says that they’re joint preparation worked great this time, as he’s facing a Southpaw and Lil Nog fights that way, and Lil Nog is facing an orthodox fighter, which is Big Nog’s stance. Says that helped out a lot and that the energy during camp was awesome.

-Jon Jones says he knows he isn’t invincible, but that he still doesn’t ever want to lose so he works very hard to prevent it. Credits the team under Greg Jackson for his success as well. Says he isn’t the best at anything on the team, just good at combining it all.

-White says that he’s looking forward to kicking off the Fox deal officially, but dreading the “brutal” schedule for next year. “The next two years are more important than the last ten. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”