Post-UFC 121 News - Velasquez, Ortiz, Shields & Dana Speak Out
Shields on cutting down to 170 pounds: "I don't want to make excuses, but that was my first time cutting to 170 (pounds) in a while. I do think I dropped too much weight. If that was a factor, I don't know, but I pulled out 20 pounds in a day. Will I do that again? No, never. I'll never drop that much weight again."
Dana White on the weight-cutting: "No matter how much weight he cut and whatever he did, that's his fault," White said. "That's his stupidity. He's been in the game for a long time, so I don't like to use any of that stuff, but the reality is I do know what he did, and I know he won't make those dumb mistakes next time. I know who he fought tonight. He fought a real guy tonight, and he overcame it. You don't even have to fight at this level to know that when you're looking at that clock, and there's still three minutes left on it, and you're in the second round, and you make it through the fight and you win it, it says something about you."
White on Shields' win: "It was a tough fight for Jake coming in, and no matter where Jake's fought and what he's done and who he's beat and what he's accomplished, it's tough coming into the UFC your first time. He beat a tough guy tonight, and he got his first win under his belt."
-- Tito Ortiz spoke last night following his loss to Matt Hamill. Check out the highlights:
On what he plans to do now: "I'm going to hop on the horse, I'm going to get back in the gym in about two weeks, and I'm going to get to a college and start wresting again because I'm healthy. That hunger is there. My heart hurts. My mind stays strong, but I'm going to get back. I'm going to continue on. It's a challenge."
On what happened in the fight: "The first round, I didn't pull the trigger. I hit him with some shots, and I should have continued on. I took a year off, and that really matters. Having neck surgery, that really matters. But I'm proud of myself for even getting in here and competing against a person like Matt Hamill and how tough he is."
On what the loss means for his career: "It's not even close to the end of my career. The decision might be in Dana's hands, but I've gone through some surgeries that people don't come back (from). I feel great. Besides my face being a little sore, I feel fine. I have no more neck problems, no more back problems. I need to get back to wrestling. I need to get back to my roots. ... I'm not a quitter. I'm going to continue on. It sucks to lose because I let down a lot of my fans. I let down the UFC. I let down Dana, but I want to prevail. It sucks having losses, but I'm a person to suck it up and carry on. I've been in this game for 13 years. I still feel like I have a lot more in me."
-- Diego Sanchez spoke last night about his win over Paulo Thiego. Check out the highlights:
On what weight he plans to fight in: "I think it all just comes down to preparation and the decisions that you make and what you do in your training camp. My motto is, 'Just earn it.' Just earn the 'W,' and that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to work and earn the 'W.' Whatever weight class I fight at, as long as I earn it, I think I'll be fine fight at 155 or 170 (pounds)."
On his past personal problems: "I cleaned my life up. I'm just focused on the things that matter, which is God, my family and my career. That's where I stand right now, and that's what got me to victory."