The Dumbest MMA Quotes of 2013
Sometimes even silver-tongued mixed martial artists slip up when the lights and cameras click on.
After all, getting punched, kicked, elbowed and kneed in the face can affect the mental sharpness of any fighter, particularly those who just stepped out of the Octagon and into a chair at a press conference.
Some fighters garner legitimate fame from the sound bites they produce, while others dance on the line of infamy.
Here's a look at some of the fighters flirting with the latter after generating some of the dumbest MMA quotes in 2013.
Tito Ortiz Says He Would Have Dominated Jon Jones in His Prime
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Though Tito Ortiz earned his induction into the UFC Hall of Fame—defending his 205-pound strap five straight times in his heyday—he went overboard when he compared himself to Jon Jones in April.
Ortiz told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani that in his prime, he would own Jones, the current light heavyweight champ who just tied Ortiz's record of five straight title defenses with his win at UFC 165.
"I do, of course. I think I'd dominate him. Takedowns, of course. Clinch, striking. I don't know. Big heart. I think Jon Jones is good though, man. If anybody's going to beat my record, I would like him to beat it."
"Bones" would hold a 10.5-inch reach advantage over "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy," plus he'd beat the Californian in every facet of the game.
For his own sake, Ortiz is fortunate that Jones doesn't have a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 with a flux capacitor.
Ronda Rousey Claims Georges St-Pierre Is Famous Because He's Canadian
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Akin to Chael Sonnen, microphones frequently get thrust into the face of UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey.
And like "The American Gangster," Rousey wears her emotions on her sleeve, which occasionally leads to her blurting out an idiotic remark.
The most pronounced case of a Rousey slip-up occurred when the 26-year-old offered her thoughts toward Georges St-Pierre before the welterweight champ's fight with Nick Diaz at UFC 158.
During a January interview with The Las Vegas Review-Journal, she sounded off on why she believes "GSP" has reached such prolific heights of fame.
I think he lucked out a lot that he's Canadian. I love Canadians. They are the coolest, nicest, most patriotic people, and they will support their countrymen no matter what, and I think that's commendable. But if GSP wasn't really good-looking, and really Canadian, he would be really unknown.
She's young and extraordinarily famous and confident, so these type of gaffs should seem commonplace for a polarizing figure like Rousey.
Chael Sonnen Makes Distasteful Joke on Fox Sports Live
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Even the best trash talkers stumble in some instances. Fast-chirping three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen proved that theory on a September episode of Fox Sports Live.
He made some of his fellow co-hosts laugh and undoubtedly some of his fans, but the Oregonian should have saved the following joke regarding Floyd Mayweather, Chris Brown and Rihanna for the locker room.
Look, Floyd (Mayweather) needs to keep doing what he's doing, which is fighting complete tomato cans that we've never heard of before. I've never seen anybody in the history of America get so rich and so famous off of having complete wimps throwing punch at their faces. I know what you're saying. You're saying, 'Well, it's happened before. What about Rihanna?' Shame on you. Classless. I will not stand for that. I will not stand for that.
After his obvious misstep, Fox Sports issued an apology in an attempt to clean up "The American Gangster's" goof.
Apparently, Sonnen carries enough clout to get at least one free pass from the brass at Fox.
Tyson Fury Calls out Cain Velasquez
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Few in the realm of MMA had ever heard the name Tyson Fury until the unbeaten British heavyweight boxer began attacking the credibility of UFC heavyweight linchpin Cain Velasquez in early 2013.
Fury, who's 21-0 with 15 KOs, answered ESPN.com's Franklin McNeil's question regarding a potential bout with Velasquez by confidently saying:
"Absolutely, one hundred-million percent. I've challenged Cain Velasquez to a fight three times. He's a little boy who doesn't want to fight. He said no, live on TV."
The 6'9" Fury continued to insult Velasquez before throwing in a slur toward mixed martial artists in general.
"I would take Cain Velasquez out. MMA, to me, is bulls***. It's for people who can't box and like wrestling on the floor. It's rubbish."
He may be bigger, stronger and younger than James Toney, but if Fury ever made good on his word and entered the Octagon against Velasquez, the 25-year-old would suffer a similarly embarrassing fate as Toney.
Jason "Mayhem" Miller Deems the UFC Fake
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In the midst of a prolific meltdown, Jason "Mayhem" Miller still found time to continue degrading his former boss, UFC president Dana White, even if it was in the form of a ludicrous accusation.
The retired Mayhem, who's been arrested several times since being cut from the UFC in 2012, made absurd conspiracy-theory assertions regarding the UFC in a September interview with Scifighting.com.
It’s ridiculous. To call UFC a sport is ridiculous. They have their favorites to win, so if they get in a good position where they’re almost finishing the referee somehow stop the fight early. Oh, Whoops. You keeping thinking the UFC is real. It’s not. It’s governed by one petty, insecure, chunky golf player. It’s all fake. It’s all a farce. It’s fake. They have a guy that they want to win, and they have a guy they want to lose. Every time. You know why? Gambling. It behooves them to make sure they know who will win and lose, because the house always wins.
Miller is obviously on a downward spiral, and now he's looking for any way to bring White or the UFC with him.
He got cut for not performing up to par, but like Paul Daley's punishment for sucker punching Josh Koscheck, Miller will suffer permanent banishment from the UFC for moronic and baseless outbursts like this.