Quotes Round-Up: Dana White, Chuck Liddell, Batista and Alistair OvereemPosted on June 21, 2010, 04:47 PM by Daniel Cassidy
Despite UFC president Dana White last week promising we would never see Chuck Liddell fight again inside the Octagon, it seems Liddell has other ideas. While few can argue that the Chuck Liddell of UFC 115 was one of the best versions of The Iceman once again he was let down by his chin, being on the receiving end of his 3rd KO in 5 fights, and fourth straight loss.
But despite all this, Chuck himself wants to conttinue:
Speaking to Yahoo! Sports Kevin Iole: "I’m still working on evaluating. I thought I did great before I was caught. I have to look at it some more and think about it. I think I looked good and I definitely was in great shape. I could have kept that pace up for another four rounds, without a doubt. It’s hard to beat that [aggressiveness] out of me, because that’s who I am and that’s who I’ve been for a long, long time. People like watching me because of the way I fight, so it’s hard to get me not to fight that way.
There’s a lot still to think about. I felt pretty good and I think showed I can compete. I’m not going to rush and I’ll do what I think is best. I’m just not at a point to make that decision yet."
In other Dana White related news, it seems after years of trying, he has finally given up on landing the biggest fish in the mma pond, Fedor Emilianenko. Despite making no secret of his desire to bring The Last Emperor into UFC, he seems to have accepted defeat at last:
Speaking via sportsradiointerviews.com: "It will never happen in a million years. They are a minor league. Listen I have come to the realization and everyone else needs to too that Fedor (Emeliananko) doesn’t want to fight the best guys in the world. Believe me when I tell you guys I have done everything in my power, I have flown to crazy parts of the world, done all this stuff, been on the phone for hours, not hung out with my kids on weekends because I’m on the phone with these lunatics and just can’t make the deal. They don’t want to do it so we gotta get over it.”
In a more bizarre turn of events, it seems Strikeforce could be on the verge of signing former WWE Champion Dave Bautista. When Batista was cornered by paparazzi, he claimed to have signed for the UFC's biggest competition, however Strikeforce's official stance is that its not true, releasing a statement saying that the wrestler "definitely has not signed" (mmamania.com) for the California based promotion. Below is the video of Batista claiming to have signed for them:
And finally, speaking via MMABay.co.uk, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Allistair Overeem has made it crystal clear who he wants next, saying it will be madness if he does not fight Fedor next, should Emilianenko overcome Fabricio Werdum:
“My number one priority is to defend my belt at Strikeforce and keep fighting as much as I can. For me the fight with Fedor makes the most sense. If Strikeforce has the number one fighter in the world then it’s crazy that it’s belt holder (me) is not fighting him. I know the fans want it so therefore I want it. I would love to fight the man that’s considered by most people the best in the world. It would be a honor to fight him and see if I’m truly the Strikeforce champion.”
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