UFC 203: Pre-fight Press Conference


>>>FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION WERDUM RETURNS TO TAKE ON BROWNE. PLUS THE OCTAGON DEBUT OF FORMER PRO WRESTLING SUPERSTAR CM PUNK. UFC 203, THIS IS BIG. ♪>>>ALL RIGHT. HELLO AND WELCOME TO QUICKEN LOANS ARENA IN CLEVELAND, OHIO, HOME OF THE NBA CHAMPION CLEVELAND CAVALIERS AND THE SITE OF SATURDAY NIGHT’S UFC 203. AS HOMETOWN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION MIOCIC TAKES ON OVEREEM AND WE HAVE THE LONG AWAITED DEBUT OF CM PUNK TAKING ON MICKEY GALL.>>TELL US ABOUT STEPPING INTO THIS FIGHT, TRAVIS. ROUGH GO LAST TIME. TOUGH OPPONENT. WAS THERE A THOUGHT ABOUT HANGING BACK, REINVENTING OR CHANGING THINGS BEFORE YOU GOT IN THE CAGE?>>NO. I WANT TO ERASE THAT FIGHT FROM MY MEMORY. THE ONLY WAY I KNOW HOW TO DO IT IS GET BACK IN THERE. THE OPPORTUNITY PRESENTED ITSELF AND I JUMPED ALL OVER IT. FOUR WEEKS, THREE WEEKS, TWO WEEKS, A COUPLE DAYS, DOESN’T MATTER. I’M READY TO GET BACK IN THERE. >>HOW DO YOU THINK FABRICIO HAS CHANGED?>>HE’S CONTINUED TO ROUND OUT HIS GAME. HE’S ALWAYS MADE IMPROVEMENTS. YOU DON’T WAKE UP ONE MORNING AS THE UFC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION. HE MADE ADJUSTMENTS. HE’S CONTINUED TO EVOLVE HIS GAME. I MEAN, HE’S JUST AN ATHLETE. THAT’S WHAT WE DO. >>THANKS, TRAVIS. >>FOR FABRICIO, TALK ABOUT YOUR EMOTIONS, SEEING THE BELT, WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?>>AT THIS MOMENT I’M VERY HAPPY. I WANT TO FIGHT AGAIN. I WANT TO FIGHT SOON. THE LAST TIME I DIDN’T GO INSIDE THE FIGHT. HE GOT IN ONE NICE PUNCH. I DON’T HAVE AN EXCUSE. MY TRAINING IS GOING VERY GOOD. HE GOT IN A VERY GOOD PUNCH AND THAT’S IT. TONIGHT, TOMORROW, I WANT TO DO THE SAME THING AS LAST TIME BUT THIS TIME I WANT TO FINISH HIM. I DON’T KNOW. I JUST WANT THE BELT AGAIN, YOU KNOW? THAT’S IT. >>DO YOU HAVE REGRETS? BACK AT UFC 198 PEOPLE WERE WORRIED THAT YOU WERE HAVING TOO MUCH FUN, WORRIED ABOUT PUTTING ON A SHOW TOO MUCH. DO YOU HAVE REGRETS IN THE WAY YOU HANDLED FIGHT WEEK AND THE WAY YOU HANDLED THE FIGHT?>>THE LAST FIGHT IS OVER IT. YOU KNOW, THAT’S IT. I DON’T HAVE AN EXCUSE FOR THAT. THIS IS A HUGE EVENT. 45,000 PEOPLE THERE. VERY EXCITED FOR SURE. I DON’T FIGHT FOR A YEAR. I’M WAITING FOR A LONG TIME FOR A FIGHT AGAIN. HE GOT IN A NICE PUNCH. I HAVE A GOOD SHAPE. EVERYTHING IS OKAY. THE NEXT ONE AND AFTER I BEAT TRAVIS BROWN I WANT TO SEE IT CLOSE TO THE CAGE. I DON’T KNOW. OVEREEM. THAT’S IT. >>THANKS, FABRICIO. FOR PUNK, PLEASE, A LOT OF FOCUS ON GOING THROUGH THE FIRST WEIGHT CUT. CURIOUS IF WE CAN GET AN UPDATE. IF YOU CAN GIVE US INSIGHT INTO THE MIND SET IT’S NOT OFTEN WE SEE SOMEBODY AT THE UFC LEVEL DEALING WITH THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME.>>I’M OKAY. I’M HAPPY THEY PUT ME UP HERE WITH THE HEAVYWEIGHTS THAT ARE EATING AS MUCH AS THEY CAN AROUND ME. THIS GUY WAS EATING A WHOLE TURKEY IN THE LOCKER ROOM RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. NO REMORSE. MY WEIGHT CUTS, YOU KNOW, IT’S NOT A FUN THING TO DO. IF ANYBODY’S DONE IT, THEY KNOW. I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU IT’S SUPER AWESOME OR DISASTROUS EITHER WAY. THAT’S FOR YOU TO FIGURE OUT. I’M SITTING PRETTY RIGHT NOW. I’M FEELING GOOD. I’M HERE. I HAVE A LITTLE COLOR IN MY CHEEKS. I DON’T LOOK BAD, DO I?>>NICE JACKET. >>THANK YOU. THIS IS A NICE JACKET. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>GO AHEAD.>>FOR CM PUNK, YOU MENTIONED WANTING TO DO THIS FOR FUN. THIS WAS SOMETHING YOU ENJOYED, WANTED TO GET INTO IT. YOU ARE GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS OF CALLS, PRESS CONFERENCES, STARTING TO FEEL LIKE WORK. IS IT FUN FOR YOU?>>YEAH. THIS IS OLD HAT FOR ME. BEING IN FRONT OF YOU AND DOING THE PRESS CONFERENCES AND EXTRA WORK THIS WEEK HAS BEEN A LIGHT WEEK. AS AGGRESSIVE AS EVERYBODY TOLD ME IT WAS COMPARED TO WHAT I USED TO DO ON A DAILY, WEEKLY BASIS, THIS IS EASY. THIS IS GOOD THAT IT WAS ACCLIMATED ALREADY TO THIS. A LOT OF PEOPLE TALKED ABOUT PRESSURE ON CM PUNK IN HIS DEBUT. PRESSURE ON YOU IN THE SPOTLIGHT. SAME QUESTION. PRESS CONFERENCE, CONFERENCE CALLS, OPEN WORKOUTS. HAS THE MAGNITUDE OF THE SITUATION BEEN DAUNTING OR IS IT WHAT YOU EXPECTED?>>IT’S WHAT I EXPECTED. I HAVE REALLY ENJOYED THE PROCESS. PRESSURE IS NOT GETTING TO ME, MAN. I FEEL GOOD. I FEEL GREAT.>>THIS ONE’S FOR ALISTAIR. YOU ARE A CHAMPION IN MULTIPLE SPORTS AND IN MULTIPLE PROMOTIONS. HOW MUCH DOES THIS MEAN TO COME INTO THIS MAIN EVENT AND TRYING TO GET THE UFC GOLD?>>THIS WILL BE THE CROWN ON MY CAREER. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO SATURDAY. IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT NIGHT. >>GOING TO GET KNOCKED OUT. >>NOT IN OUR HOUSE!>>NOPE! [ LAUGHTER ]>>IT’S HIM AGAIN. WE HUGGED YESTERDAY DURING THE WORKOUTS.>>HOW HAVE YOU MANAGED TO BALANCE THE TRAINING THAT YOU DID TO GET TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP LAST TIME WITH ALL THE PERSONAL APPEARANCES YOU HAVE BEEN DOING SINCE YOU WERE CHAMPION.>>EVERYWHERE I GO I HAVE A COACH WITH ME, TRAINING PARTNER WITH ME. IT WAS SATURDAY ALREADY. I’M READY TO GO. NOTHING CHANGED IN MY TRAINING. THE TRAINING HAS GOTTEN HARDER. I’M READY TO GO. [ APPLAUSE ]>>HEY, MAN. THIS IS ALSO FOR YOU. YOU THOUGHT FOUGHT IN FRONT OF HOSTILE CROWDS INCLUDING THE TITLE FIGHT. A LOT OF ATHLETES LOVE IT. YOU COME HOME AND TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE OF HOW YOU WILL FEED OFF OF THAT ON SATURDAY. >>DOESN’T MATTER WHERE I FIGHT AT. IT COULD BE CLEVELAND, BRAZIL AGAIN. I’M HERE FOR BUSINESS. WALK INTO THE OCTAGON. ALL I THINK ABOUT IS ME AND ALTAIR. NOBODY ELSE WILL BE IN THE OCTAGON WITH US. I WANT TO COME OUT THE WINNER. THAT’S THE WAY IT WILL BE. >>IF I COULD ASK YOU ONE MORE, I KNOW YOU WON’T GIVE A SCOUTING REPORT BUT THE DIFFERENT CHALLENGES PHYSICALLY FROM ALISTAIR AS OPPOSED TO WERDUM?>>THEY’RE DIFFERENT FIGHTERS. EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT IN THE DIVISION. ALISTAIR IS GOOD ON HIS FEET, GOOD ON THE GROUND. SAME WITH WERDUM. EVERYONE EVOLVES EVERY WEEK, EVERY DAY AND THEY GET BETTER. I SCOUT, WATCH FILM AND SEE WHAT I CAN PICK APART.>>FABRICIO, YOU HAVE GONE ON RECORD TO SAY YOU WANTED TO GET ON THIS CARD AS THE COMAIN EVENT AND YOU HAD, QUOTE/UNQUOTE, A MAN. TALK ABOUT WHAT THE PLAN IS.>>YEAH. THIS IS MY STRATEGY, YOU KNOW? WHEN I AM ASKING I WANT TO. A VERY CLOSE FIGHT. SAME DATE. A REMATCH FOR HIM. I FINISHED HIM IN 2006. VERY NICE KIMURA. THIS IS VERY GOOD. THE LAST TIME IT’S A FIGHT. GOT IN EARLY THE FIRST ROUND. THAT’S IT. THIS IS MY PLAN, MY STRATEGY. I WATCH THE FIGHT TO THE NEXT.>>WITH THE LIMITED AMOUNT OF TAPE AVAILABLE ON PUNK TO TRAIN FOR, YOU CAN’T REALIZE OR RELEASE YOUR STRATEGY HERE BUT WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING TO BRING?>>I’LL BE READY FOR EVERYTHING. DOESN’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO ME SO MUCH WHAT MY OPPONENT WILL DO. WATCHING THE TAPE ONLY GOES SO FAR. I WILL FORCE MY GAME. WHEREVER HE GOES I WILL TAKE IT AND I WILL FIND A WAY TO GET HIM OUT OF THERE.>>ONE MORE QUESTION FOR CM PUNK. KIND OF THE SAME QUESTION. HE’S HAD ONLY A COUPLE OF FIGHTS. WHAT THINGS HAVE BEEN HAVE YOU BEEN LOOKING FOR IN TRAINING? YOU CAN’T REVEAL YOUR STRATEGY. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR.>>SOUNDS REDUNDANT. I’M GOING TO DO WHAT I DO WHAT MY COACHES HAVE TRAINED ME TO DO. I TRAINED WITH ANTHONY PETTIS, MIKE RHOADS. A LITANY OF GUYS THAT ARE WAY BETTER THAN ME. THEY HAVE BEEN SHARPENING MY SKILLS FOR MONTHS. I’M READY FOR MICKEY.>>AS A CLEVELAND GUY, WHAT DID IT MEAN TO BE THE ONE TO START THE CHAMPIONSHIP RUN THIS SUMMER. >>AMAZING. CLEVELAND NEEDED IT. SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF. I REALLY DON’T CARE. NOTHING BETTER THAN THAT.>>I HAVE ONE FOR CM. FROM AN ATHLETIC STANDPOINT, WHAT HAS THIS TRANSITION BEEN LIKE? WHAT ARE THE BIG CHALLENGES IN TERMS OF NOT ONLY GETTING YOUR BODY READY BUT FROM AN ATHLETIC STANDPOINT.>>YOU HAVE TO BE AN ATHLETE TO BE A PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER. IN THAT ASPECT THERE IS NOT MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE. I USED THE CORRELATION OF YOU KNOW HOW TO DRIVE AN AUTOMATIC CAR AND NOW YOU ARE LEARNING TO DRIVE A STICK SHIFT. THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OBVIOUSLY IF YOU THINK TOO MUCH ABOUT IT, YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO DO IT. IF YOU LEARNED AND PRACTICED THEN YOU DRILL AND YOU’RE SERIOUS YOU CAN DRIVE IT. IT BECOMES SECOND NATURE. YOU’RE STILL DRIVING A CAR.>>I TALKED TO MARCUS. HE SAID YOU’RE 10 TO 15% BETTER PREPARED FOR THE FIGHT AS OPPOSED TO FABRICIO. WE KNOW HOW FIZZ RABBLE THE SUMMER WAS. DO YOU FEEL AT YOUR BEST, 10 TO 15% BETTER. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR PREPARATION AND HOW READY YOU FEEL NOW?>>I WILL WALK IN THE MOST CONFIDENT I HAVE BEEN. MY COACHES AND MARCUS HAVE ME READY TO FIGHT. THE SUMMER WAS BRILLUTAL. IT WAS HOT. SOME DAYS I THOUGHT I WOULD PASS OUT. IT WAS 90 DEGREES AND 100% HUMIDITY. TERRIBLE. I’M BETTER THAN LAST FIGHT AND I GET BETTER EVERY DAY. COME SATURDAY I CAN’T WAIT TO SHOW YOU HOW MUCH BETTER.>>TRAIN HARD, FIGHT EASY!>>FOR PUNK. WHAT HAS THIS JOURNEY BEEN LIKE FOR YOU FROM THE MOMENT YOU SIGNED TO RIGHT NOW AND WHAT’S THE LONG-TERM PLAN REGARDLESS OF WHAT HAPPENS? IS THIS SOMETHING YOU PLAN TO DO FOR A FEW YEARS?>>MAN, YOU DON’T READ THE INTERVIEWS I DO, DO YOU? IT’S BEEN FUN. I THINK EVERYBODY CAN ATTEST TO IT. YOU HAVE GOOD DAYS, BAD, FRUSTRATING DAYS AND BREAKTHROUGHS. YOU TURN CORNERS. YOU MAKE FRIENDS. YOU’RE WITH YOUR TEAM. YOUR TEAM IS YOUR FAMILY. IT’S BEEN AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE. NO MATTER HOW FRUSTRATED OR HOW BAD A DAY GOT IT’S AWESOME. I’M ENJOYING THIS. THIS IS FUN FOR ME. YOU HAVE TO BE A REAL SICK INDIVIDUAL TO ENJOY SOME OF THE GNARLY ASPECTS OF THE TRAINING IN A FIGHT CAMP. BUT THIS HAS BEEN AMAZING. THIS HAS BEEN FUN. I GET TO SLEEP IN MY BED EVERY NIGHT. I GET TO GO HOME AND KISS MY WIFE. THAT’S A LUXURY IN MY WORLD I NEVER USED TO GET TO DO. IT’S LIKE VACATION.>>QUESTION FOR ALISTAIR. BEING HERE IN CLEVELAND YOU SEEM TO BE KIND OF RELISHING IN THE FACT OF GETTING CALLED OUT BY CERTAIN FANS AND REALLY ENJOYING YOURSELF AT OPEN WORKOUTS. WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING ON HIS HOME TURF IN CLEVELAND?>>WHAT CAN I SAY? PEOPLE ARE FRIENDLY, OPEN. I WAS HIT DURING THE PARADE. IT WAS MADNESS. NICE TO SEE A PROUD STATE COME TO THE CHAMPIONSHIPS. I ALMOST FEEL A LITTLE BIT SAD I WILL BE TAKING SOMETHING AWAY FROM HIM. BUT I WILL BE TAKING THAT AWAY THIS SATURDAY. >>NO CHANCE!>>DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE AN ADVANTAGE, MUCH LIKE STIPE HAD IN BRAZIL FIGHTING WERDUM?>>I NEVER FOUGHT IN BRAZIL. DID I HAVE AN ADVANTAGE IN HOLLAND? I DID GIVE AN EXTRA BOOST. I CAN’T DENY IT. IT GIVES YOU MORE SHIVERS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THERE IS THE EXTRA APPEARANCES YOU HAVE TO DO. EVERYBODY WANTS A PIECE OF YOU. IT HAS A DRAG ON YOU AS WELL. DEPENDS ON HOW YOU HANDLE IT. I THINK WITH MY 86 FIGHTS AND 22 AREAS OF TRAINING AND COMPETING I HAVE HANDLED IT WELL. I’M CURIOUS TO SEE HOW STIPE HANDLES IT.>>FABRICIO, DO YOU FEEL A WIN OVER TRAVIS WILL GET YOU BACK IN THE CONVERSATION FOR A TITLE SHOT?>>YES. I FOUGHT WITH HIM TWO TIMES IN PRIDE IN 2006 AND STRIKE FORCE. IT’S 1-1. THE NUMBER THREE IS OKAY, TOO. MY BIG GOAL IS THE BOUT. DOESN’T MATTER WHO. A VERY SMART FIGHT WITH HIM. WHEN HE FOUGHT DOS SANTOS, I THINK HE’LL WIN. THIS IS MY OPINION.>>FOR PUNK, IN YOUR TRAINING WAS THERE A QUESTION I SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FROM THE START AS OPPOSED TO STARTING YOUR CAREER IN PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING?>>I STARTED WRESTLING WHEN I WAS 15. MMA AS A WHOLE WASN’T AROUND. IF IT WAS A MORE VIABLE OPTION TO MAKE THE KIND OF MONEY YOU CAN MAKE NOW, YEAH, I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE STARTED A LOT SOONER. I WAS ALREADY SET ON A PATH. I ALREADY HAD GOALS TO ACCOMPLISH. ONCE ACCOMPLISHED ALL THOSE GOALS I COULD BACKTRACK AND GO TO THE FORK IN THE ROAD. I FEEL SUPER FORTUNATE I GOT TO EXPLORE BOTH, YOU KNOW? I TOOK THE OTHER ROAD. HERE I AM. I’M FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. YOU KNOW, I DON’T PUT STOCK INTO THINKING ABOUT STARTING EARLIER OR STARTING LATER. YOU KNOW, TO ME IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO. IF YOU THINK SO, I’M SORRY YOUR DREAMS ARE SO SMALL.>>TRAVIS, HOW YOU DOING? WHEN YOU HEAR FABRICIO TALK ABOUT HIS PLAN AND HOW HE’S GOING TO FINISH THE MATCH AND SEE WHO WINS BETWEEN THE MAIN EVENT, NOT REALLY NOT TAKING YOU SERIOUSLY OR WHAT? WHAT’S YOUR REACTION. >>I’M READY TO PISS IN HIS CHEERIOS. [ APPLAUSE ]>>THIS QUESTION IS FOR TRAVIS. DO YOU THINK THE SECOND FIGHT WITH FABRICIO CAN GET YOU ON THE RIGHT TRACK HEADED TOWARD A TITLE SHOT?>>I THINK SO.>>THE GUY IS RANKED A NUMBER ONE CONTENDER NOW. YOU KNOW, PUTS ME BACK IN THE TALKS FOR A TITLE SHOT.>>QUESTION FOR STIPE. HAVE YOU MADE A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO SHOW PEOPLE MORE OF YOUR PERSONALITY LEADING UP TO THE FIGHT? IT SEEMS WE ARE SEEING A LIGHTER SIDE OF YOU. SOMETIMES YOU’RE A STOIC FIGURE AND IT IS HARD TO BREAK THROUGH THAT. I WONDER IF YOU ARE TRYING TO LET PEOPLE KNOW MORE ABOUT YOU BY DOING THE PRANKS AND WHATNOT.>>WHERE ARE WE AT NOW?>>ON THE OUTSIDE. I LOVE HAVING FUN. IT’S MY NATURE. I WAS THE SAME WAY. I DON’T KNOW. YOU COULD ASK AARON, THAT’S HOW I AM 24/7. ALWAYS HAVING FUN. NEVER TAKE ANYTHING SERIOUSLY. UNTIL I WALK IN THE OCTAGON. HAVING A GOOD TIME.>>I’M ALSO WONDERING IF YOU FEEL LIKE IF YOU ARE ABLE TO SPEAK ON THE MOOD OF THE CITY AND FOR THOSE OF US WHO DON’T LIVE HERE, HAVE YOU NOTICED A CHANGE SINCE THE CAVALIERS WON, SINCE YOU WON AROUND THE SAME TIME? DO YOU FEEL THE CITY IS ON CLOUD NINE? ARE YOU STILL CELEBRATING? THE UFC COMING TO TOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE EVERY DAY WHEN YOU WALK AROUND? IT FEELS LIKE EVERYBODY IS PROUD TO BE FROM HERE. IS THAT DIFFERENT FROM THREE, FIVE YEARS AGO?>>NO MATTER WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WEARING CLEVELAND SHIRTS, SUPPORTING CLEVELAND NO MATTER HOW BAD THE TEAMS WERE, HOW CLOSE WE WERE. DIDN’T MATTER. THAT’S THE CITY. WE’RE HARD-WORKING PEOPLE THAT LOVE THE CITY AND DON’T CARE HOW GOOD THE TEAMS DO. NOW WE HAVE CHAMPIONS. WE’RE PLANNING TO KEEP IT THAT WAY FOR A LONG TIME. THE CITY HAS SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>FABRICIO, DID YOU SAY ANYTHING TO STIPE BACKSTAGE?>>NO. I DON’T SAY NOTHING. JUST HI. SOMETIMES I SPEAK CROATIAN WITH HIM BECAUSE I LIVED THERE TWO YEARS. FUNNY THING, SOMETIMES I’M IN LOS ANGELES. WHEN I SAW THE FIRE TRUCK I’M VERY SCARED, THAT’S IT.>>ALSO, YOU KNOW, YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO FIGHT BEN ROTHWELL. NOW YOU ARE FIGHTING SOMEBODY YOU ALREADY BEAT. WHICH MOTIVATED YOU MORE? FOR FABRICIO. >>DOESN’T MATTER FOR ME. I JUST WANTED MY BELT AGAIN. THAT’S IT. I THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA. ME AND ALISTAIR AND AT NUMBER TWO. DOESN’T MATTER. I JUST WANTED THE BOUT.>>ONE LAST FOR PUNK. IS THERE CEMETERY? HERE YOU ARE DOING THE FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE BEFORE YOUR UFC DEBUT ON THE DAY. TIM TEBOW SIGNED WITH THE METS. IS THERE A CONNECTION?>>HE SIGNED WITH THE METS?>>YEAH. >>GOOD FOR HIM. I THINK THAT’S GREAT. THAT’S AWESOME. SYMMETRY? MAYBE. THE PEOPLE WHO DON’T LIKE ME WILL POINT OUT, WELL, PUNK WASN’T A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE. THAT’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT CAN OF WORMS. YEAH, THERE IS A LOT OF SYMMETRY. YOU GO FROM ONE, THE SUPER — I’M DEBATING WHETHER TO CALL IT A SUPPORT OR NOT. EVERYTHING I SAY GETS CLICK BAITED. [ EXPLETIVE ]>>MICHAEL JORDAN WENT FROM BASEBALL OH BASKETBALL. OH, BASEBALL’S TOO HARD. HE CAN’T DO IT. I’M AWKWARD, UNCOORDINATED, OLD, FAT, LAZY, I SUCK, I WAS A FAKE ATHLETE AND I WON’T BE ABLE TO DO IT. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT STUFF YOU CAN’T DO IT. I’M SURE TEBOW CAN HIT A BALL. THAT’S GREAT. WE LIKE TEBOW IN CLEVELAND, RIGHT? I’M NOT ALIGNING WITH THE ENEMY, AM I?>>TWO MORE QUESTIONS, GUYS.>>HE’S RIGHT. TWO MORE.>>STIPE. I TALKED TO DAY THAT WHITE YESTERDAY. I SAID DO I THINK THE FACT THAT UFC CAME TO YOUR HOMETOWN, MINE, WAS IT STIPE, YOU, JOE SILVA. HE SAID IT WAS ALL ABOUT STIPE. HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO TAKE IN THE PEOPLE, THE FANS. THE WORKOUTS YESTERDAY. YOU GET TO SLEEP IN YOUR BED. ALL OF THAT. IS THERE PRIDE BECAUSE OF THAT? HAS THAT SUNK IN IFFER YOU?>>I’M FROM CLEVELAND. I LOVE THIS PLACE. THAT’S THE WAY IT WILL BE. IT’S AMAZING TO COME HERE. WE HAVE BEEN STARVING FOR IT IN CLEVELAND. I’M NOT SLEEPING IN MY OWN BED UNTIL SUNDAY. I’M STAYING AT THE HOTEL. NOT CHANGING THE ROUTINE. AWESOME TO SEE THE FANS HERE SUPPORTING IT. SUPPORTING ME AND JESSICA AND ALL THAT. IT WILL BE GREAT NEXT SATURDAY. I’LL TELL YOU THAT.>>THAT BEING SAID TO PIGGYBACK ON WHAT STIPE SAID, THIS IS A FANTASTIC WEEK FOR THE UFC. WE ARE SOLD OUT AT THE Q. ANOTHER RECORD SETTING EVENT. TOMORROW NIGHT THE WEIGH-INS ARE AT 6:00 P.M. EASTERN AT THE Q. ON SATURDAY A FAN VILLAGE FROM 2:00 P.M. TO 6:00 P.M. ON THE GATEWAY PLAZA FEATURING DONALD CERONI, ANTHONY PETTIS AND MORE STARS. A RESPECTED MEMBER OF THE MMA MEDIA COMMUNITY MARCUS KOAL LOST HIS 15-MONTH-OLD SON IN A TRAGEDY IN CALIFORNIA. ON BEHALF OF THE UFC WE WANT TO SEND THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO MARCUS. LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU CAGESIDE SOON, BUDDY. THANK YOU. HAVE A GREAT DAY.

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