Coming on slightly late to the UFC 155 press conference call. Here are my reactions to the stuff going on!
And that will do it! Back to Dave Sholler. Nothing really noteworthy, and my live blog jinx continues! Have a great afternoon folks!
JDS trolls the Reem again by predicting Bigfoot beats Reem in February. Unsurprisingly, Cain dodges the question.
Cain is confident Cormier can make it to 205 if needed. But I have to say: you are on a call with JDS and Cain, don’t ask about Daniel Cormier’s plans!!
Aaaaand he asks a question about Daniel Cormier.
Final question: Don’t Blow it!
Reporter asks if JDS and Cain are healthy coming into the fight. I’m glad they both say no, but for some reason I don’t think they would be telling us if that wasn’t the case. I can’t remember how many times Tito Ortiz said that he felt “better than ever” in the lead up to a fight only to reveal training injuries like a cracked skull and broken back afterwards.
Can we just bring Nick Diaz or Chael Sonnen onto the call just to make things more interesting? The only thing more vanilla than the answers has been the questions.
JDS again mentioning that he thinks Cain is going to focus on wrestling and pressure. Confirms once again that he, like the rest of us, saw what happened to Bigfoot Silva.
Reem question! JDS brings the heat answering that he prefers to fight “clean” and “professional” fighters. Ouch.
Both guys respect each other. Glad that was made clear.
I appreciate JDS talking about wanting to use his jiu jitsu in this fight, and pointing out his increased chops on the ground. Quite obvious his camp is trying to at least slightly preempt the inevitable Cain takedown and pummel strategy.
I love when MMA reporters try to keep asking the same question to fit into their obviously pre-prepared piece. This guy asks both what the burden was like being in the first Fox main event. Both guys crap on question saying there was no burden. So now he follows up asking what the pressure was like being in the first main event. Shocker! Both guys crap on that as well and say there was no added pressure. Way to waste two questions, my friend.
JDS shows why he’s so cute, saying he can’t answer whether the media attention before the first fight was a burden because he doesn’t know what the word “burden” means. Luckily, there is a translator on who translates the word “burden” in no less than 3 sentences.
Cain says there is less media hype this time around, now that the fight isn’t on Fox. Also says the attention in the first fight wasn’t a burden.
I take that back, JDS says that the second fight will likely go longer than the first. So much for using the exact same strategy.
JDS will be using the same strategy as he use in the first fight, which seemingly would involve knocking Cain out in under a minute.
Next question about Velasquez getting to fight his next fight in Mexico, and JDS getting to fight in Brazil. Very relevant, considering that this fight is taking place in Vegas.
John Morgan from MMA Junkie is first with some generic questions to the fighters. They were both hurt in the last fight, but neither would drop out. My favorite part is that Morgan (who I really like) follows every answer by saying “understandable.” So much understandability!