UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber II Pre-Fight Press Conference VideoPosted on June 30, 2011, 04:14 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 132 Pre-Fight Press Conference. For the first time in the promotion's history, the stacked card will be headlined by a Bantamweight title clash between division Champion Dominick Cruz and challenger Urijah Faber. Heavy-handed Middleweights Wanderlei Silva and Chris Leben will slug it out in the co-main event, while former Light Heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz goes head to head with Ryan Bader. Also featured will be a Welterweight showdown between top contenders Carlos Condit and Dong Hyun Kim and a Lightweight bout pitting Dennis Siver against Matt Wiman.
UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber II Pre-Fight Press Conference Highlights (via MMAMania.com):
• Urijah's done a lot for the sport and the lighter weight classes. I can't deny that. Jealousy is just his big head talking again. I'm getting questions about losing to Urijah Faber and not how I won and defended my title. I'm ready for those questions to stop come Saturday night.
• I think we've both changed a lot. It's apparent I've improved a lot in my hands and Muay Thai which I attribute to my coach Master Tong. I've submitted countless guys who are black belts that have never been submitted and never been stopped. It's one thing to see Dominick against different people and one other thing to see Dominick against me at my best.
• I never want to be out for so long like that and I can't believe how much the sport changes in just that time since my last fight. More pressure, more promotion. I love the pressure, I fight better with the pressure. I know I'm gonna have a great show on Saturday and I'll make my fans happy around the world.
• Some guys come in with ring rust and others come in with a fire underneath them. I'm training like thsi guy needs to come in and destroy me to prove he's still Wanderlei Silva. I train for the worst and hope for the best. I see a three round battle and neither of us goes down.
• I'm coming off the first loss of my career and it made me reevaluate everything. It put me back to the drawing board and start over. I'm rejuvenated and want to get better. I put a lot of pressure on myself for every fight. You don't want to let anybody down. Going in and having a loss now, I don't want to have another one so there's still a lot of pressure. I just want to get back to winning.
• I've fought in some of the biggest fights in UFC history. I defended my title more than anyone in the UFC. All the pressure is on Bader. He knows what it feels like to lose. My speed is better now. I've put everything together like a Rubik's cube and I'm excited and focused. I'm supposed to lose as the betting people say and all the pressure is on Bader.