Eight fighters joined UFC® President Dana White at the UFC on FX 5: Browne vs. Bigfoot post-fight press conference – Travis Browne, Antonio Silva, Jacob Volkmann, Michael Johnson, John Dodson, Justin Edwards, Jake Ellenberger, and Marcus LeVesseur.
Johnson took home Knockout of the Night for his come-from-behind stoppage of Danny Castillo. After weathering an early storm from Castillo, Johnson landed a left hook in the second round that sent his opponent crashing to the canvas.
Edwards was awarded Submission of the Night for his quick submission of veteran Josh Neer. Edwards blitzed Neer early, then locked in a guillotine choke that put “The Dentist” to sleep early in the first round.
Fight of the Night went to preliminary card fighters Diego Nunes and Bart Palaszewski. The featherweights engaged in a fast-paced battle in which both fighters were wobbled by punches. After three exciting rounds, Nunes received the nod on all three judges’ scorecards.
All bonused fighters received $40,000 for their efforts.
LOS ANGELES, CA – The following quotes are from today’s UFC Postfight Show on FUEL TV sponsored by Kawasaki, hosted by Jay Glazer. UFC stars Chael Sonnen and Joseph Benavidez offered analysis. Two-time MMA Journalist of the Year Ariel Helwani conducted fighter interviews.
UFC Postfight Show on FUEL TV Analyst Chael Sonnen on Travis Browne looking hurt in the fight: “I never want to kick a guy when he’s down. Travis Browne is definitely down. It looks like he’s hurt his knee, but he didn’t go out and fight like he should. His hands are down. He’s doing stuff that he didn’t do in other fights. It’s like a right-handed quarterback going out and throwing a ball with his left hand. He just didn’t look right out there.”
Sonnen on Travis Browne not fighting like he’s fought in the past: “This is no secret. He’s got great coaches. They’re going to tell him who won and they didn’t see Travis fight. But they didn’t see him fight. That guy wasn’t Travis. If you lose like you usually fight, fine, but he didn’t. That wasn’t Travis fighting.”
UFC Postfight Show on FUEL TV Analyst Joseph Benavidez on Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva’s composure during the fight: “You have to give Silva credit. Silva kept his composure. He kept his hands up. He kept his eyes on the prize and landed the big punch. If one of those big paws lands, you’re going to go down.”
Sonnen on Browne looking flat in the fight: “You love to see a guy evolve. But don’t throw all the things out that got you here. He looked like a new fighter out there tonight. He threw it all out and you have to be critical. Silva looked nervous. Travis looked totally relaxed. But this is like a playground fight. The most important thing you can have is fear.”
Benavidez on Travis Browne losing: “Everyone loses. You learn from your loss. He’s young and he’ll bounce back.”
Silva on if this win was bigger than beating Fedor Emelianenko: “I think both are important for me. But this is my first win in the UFC.”
Silva on if he felt pressure trying to get his first win: “I felt a lot of pressure. My fans, my coach, everyone pushed me hard for this fight.”
Silva on if he thought he hurt Browne’s leg in the fight: “No, I gave only one kick on his leg. I don’t know what happened to it.”
Silva on if he knew he landed a knockout punch: “Yeah, I trained for this. I have a lot of power in my right hand.”
Silva on who he wants to fight next: “I don’t want to choose an opponent, I’ll fight who the UFC chooses, but I’d like an opportunity to fight Cain Velasquez again.”
Kenny Florian on Travis Browne vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva: “It was a huge right hand that caught Travis up against the cage. You could see when Travis went to throw the overhand right he just stepped wrong and it was some kind of knee injury. I guess he said he hurt his hamstring. In this sport it’s hard to fight on one leg. And it was that right hand that got the job done for Silva. What a way to take advantage of a huge opportunity by ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. We really could have seen a great fight. Both these guys made a lot of huge improvements and were really looking forward to going out there and doing work. But, this is how the sport works sometimes. Murphy gets involved and Murphy’s Law definitely had a toll in this fight.”
Sonnen on the next fight for “Bigfoot” Silva: “With ‘Bigfoot’ winning now, the timeline is perfect. Struve versus Bigfoot is a great matchup.”
Benavidez on Stefan Struve vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva: “These are the two most impressive specimens in the UFC and this would be a tremendous matchup.”
UFC President Dana White on if Travis Browne was injured in his fight: “I’m hearing he blew his hamstring out. It was pretty obvious in the fight. But Silva won the fight. These kinds of things happen in there. I’ve seen guys have bad knees and finish a fight.”
White on if Silva will move up to the top of the heavyweight rankings: “I was getting a little crazy there. Silva was seventh or eighth. It was a big night for him. He’s moving up.”
Sonnen on Jay Hieron vs. Jake Ellenberger: “This was a great fight and they came out here and mixed it up. Frankly, it looked a lot like watching the first fight if anyone saw it six years ago. That is a compliment to Jay Hieron. That means he didn’t miss a step. I think Ellenberger helped to win the third round with his takedown. When this fight was over, I thought it was really close. I didn’t know who won. The judges gave it a unanimous decision to Ellenberger.”
Sonnen on Ellenberger fighting tentatively tonight: “Jake Ellenberger always pulls the trigger. He seemed tentative tonight. I think he’s performed better in the past.”
Jake Ellenberger on winning the fight: “I think there’re a lot of things I can improve on. Jay is a dangerous guy. He is well rounded, so it’s hard to get a game plan on him. He is a good fighter. He has had a lot of good fights. I had to fight smart and I got the win.”
Ellenberger on what he wants to improve on: “The adjustment to technique, to get better, but for me just to open it up and get more speed and get faster. For me personally, I have to get a little faster, get my timing a little better and be a little more aggressive.”
Ellenberger on feeling good after avenging his 2006 loss: “Yeah, he is a dangerous guy, so I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do to win. It may not be the most exciting fight, but he trains with some of the best guys and I had to do what I had to do to win.”
Ellenberger on his next fight: “I really don’t know. There are so many good guys in the division now. It’s up to Joe and Dana.”
Ellenberger on if he would fight Josh Koscheck: “Yeah, he is up there. He is dangerous and a veteran and I’m up for it.”
Benavidez on John Dodson beating Jussier Formiga: “Dodson came out, and started with kind of a feeling out process. It was a slow start, but a big finish and he got the knockout.”
John Dodson on if he felt pressure tonight: “I didn’t feel like I had pressure because of the fans. I wanted to knock him out. I didn’t want people to say that I didn’t go out there and deliver and that I could get the easy win.”
Dodson on his game plan: “I was trying to pick my shots. I wanted to make sure I could fight a smart fight and I could go out there and fight.”
Dodson on how he’ll challenge Demetrious Johnson: “I am going to challenge his speed and I’m going to see how fast he can go. I want to push him faster and harder than he can go and by the fifth round tire him out.”
Dodson on if he still wants to get the title in three classes: “I still want to do that. The goal is I want to get the 125, 135 and 145 class. That is what I want to do in the sport.”
Benavidez on who he picks in Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson: “I am going to have to go with my own selfish reasons and say Demetrious Johnson because I would love to get a rematch with him. I feel that I didn’t go out there and fight to my full capacity in my fight with him. Even if I had to bet, I would say Demetrious because he is fast and he really goes out there and pushes.”
White on boos during the John Dodson vs. Jussier Formiga fight: “This was another fight that was very important for these guys. The fans get seven beers in them and they start booing. Let these guys fight a little. It was a great fight and a great finish.”
Sonnen on Josh Neer vs. Justin Edwards: “Josh is a reliable fighter on the card tonight as far as going in and mixing it up. But he never had a chance to go out there and do anything. That reel you are watching is only 30 seconds. Justin locked on and didn’t lay back. He sat up nice and tight [and got the submission].”
Benavidez on Neer vs. Edwards: “Justin Edwards took advantage of the first fight of the night. Not only did he make him tap, but he made him go to sleep, which is always satisfying.”
White provides an update on Jeremy Stephens: “I get a call at 10:30 or 11:00 AM hearing that he was arrested. He had an assault charge in Iowa from 2011. So we were working on it in Iowa and I’m sure we’re going to get him out. They gave me the deal and I agreed to it, then they changed the deal. And I agreed to it. Then they changed it again. He’s been here since Monday, and they arrested him on Friday. Yves [Edwards] has been here all night [waiting for the fight]. He’s a true professional, Old School guy, up until 35 minutes before the fight, and then finally we couldn’t get it done. They wouldn’t let me talk to Jeremy. By the way, the Minnesota police have been great to work with, but not the Iowa police. What I understand is it’s an outstanding warrant for an assault charge. They really don’t like him down there and he’s going to have some problems when he gets extradited down to Des Moines.”
Yves Edwards on his timeline for the night: “I got to the arena and I saw that fight orders where changing and I didn’t know what happened. My corner knew what was going on, but they didn’t tell me anything. They just tried to keep my focused. Fast forward to the end of the night, Dana came over and told me that he appreciated me being ready all night, but that I was not going to get to fight today.”
Edwards on not getting to fight: “It is a big disappointment because it didn’t happen. Carlo Prater has been a great friend of mine and we always wanted to fight on the same card together and we didn’t get to do it.”
Edwards on if he got paid for showing up and not fighting: “Yeah, Dana said I would get my show money and I appreciate that. But I always said I would do this for free, but I wouldn’t be as good because I wouldn’t get to dedicate as much time to training. The money always helps. You have to be able to pay bills. But, I am a fighter and I want to fight.”
Edwards on when he will fight next: “Hopefully soon. I’m in good shape. I’m going to stay in shape. Rio is next week and I’m ready to fight, it doesn’t matter to me.”
White on why Dennis Hallman was cut: “Dennis Hallman didn’t make weight. He’s battling a lot of personal problems right now. I wish the best for him and his family. I paid him his show money and then released him.”
Sonnen on Anderson Silva versus Stephan Bonnar in UFC 153 and how Bonnar can beat Silva: “You go out there and fight. Be aggressive, be greedy, make him feel your weight and size. Bonnar has plenty of skill and style. He has to go out there and kick him and fight hard.”
Benavidez on Anderson Silva: “The only person who made Anderson Silva look human is Chael putting him on the mat. With Stephan Bonnar, he is going out there and has nothing to lose. That’s how you have to go out there. A guy with nothing to lose is always dangerous. It is a great main event.”
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