UFC 130 Pre-Fight Press Conference HighlightsPosted on May 25, 2011, 07:15 PM by Joey Santosus
UFC President Dana White, as well as the majority of Saturday's main card competitors, were in attendance today at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for the UFC 130 Pre-Fight Press Conference. The card will be headlined by a Light Heavyweight showdown between top contenders Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Matt Hamill, while former Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will go head to head with Roy "Big Country" Nelson in the co-main event. Rising Heavyweight contender Stefan "Skyscraper" Struve will take on Travis Browne and Jorge Santiago makes his octagon return against an always dangerous Brian Stann.
UFC 130 Press Conference Highlights:
• Dana White admits that it is rough to lose the title fight on the show but the card is stacked, so it's okay.
• Stann dismisses claims of Wanderlei Silva avoiding him and losing fans for it, saying, "for every one Stann fan there are 5,000 Silva fans."
• Jorge Santiago worked hard to get a second shot in the UFC and said that was always the goal. It's an honor to fight Stann on the main card of pay-per-view on Memorial Day weekend.
• Rampage Jackson says he doesn't know if there is any real pressure on him for this fight. He enjoys being the underdog usually but he just takes fights as they come. Says he gives Hamill the underdog status for this fight. "He can have it."
• Dana is questioned regarding what a win would mean for both Rampage and Hamill. White says a win for both would be huge and if Rampage gets through Saturday night he's "in the mix" for a title shot.
• What would a win mean for Roy Nelson? "Would mean a lot." Putting a UFC champion under his belt would be huge simply because he's a legend who's been around for over a decade.
• Mir says he has no problem with getting in the cage with friends. Says if his wife got in the cage with him, he would try to knock her out and choke her unconscious. Goes on to say all will be well with Roy as long as there are no nefarious activities. He'll also weigh in right around 265-pounds for this fight.
• Rampage is asked about his retirement and what he's planning over the next few years. He says he hasn't given a whole lot of thought into it recently. He doesn't plan on fighting past 35, though. Decided that years ago. He's got more he wants to do ... like finger-painting. Made a peacock the other day and it was "beautiful."
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