UFC 101: Post Fight Press Conference Notes: Silva Won't Fight Machida
Attendence was 17,411.
He does not know where Forrest Griffin is and said he could be in Georgia already. He said that Griffin is an emotional fighter.
Silva said styles makes fights and Thales Leites wanted to take him down but Griffin stood there and wanted to exchange with him.
Penn's game plan was to take away Florian's kicks. He figured that Florian would want to kick him all night long.
White talked to Roy Jones Jr. tonight and said he doesn't like a Jones vs. Silva fight. He doesn't want to disrespect Jones Jr. but he does not like the fight at all since the UFC is MMA and not boxing.
White thinks Silva will fight Dan Henderson again in a rematch for the middleweight title.
There were 11,000 fans in the arena during the first prelim fight. That is a lot of fans for prelim fights.
White wants to come back to Philadelphia.
White gets $60,000 for Submission of the Night and Silva gets a $120,000 bonus as well. Griffin gets $60,000 also because his fight was "Fight of the Night."
White says he will make Silva fight Lyoto Machida in the future if Silva keeps on taking out all the top light heavyweights in the UFC. Silva shook his head and said that Machida is his friend and brother and that he will never fight Machida.
White says that there is no reason they shouldn't fight and that it does not matter if fighters are friends since MMA is no different than a football game.
Silva said Griffin should be respected because he is a former champion and that no one should think less of him because he ran out right after the fight.
Ricardo Almeida said he would like to go down to welterweight in his next fight because he was only 187 pounds today and he felt weak in the third round against Kendell Grove due to the size difference.
White said that Tito Ortiz is fighting Mark Coleman in his return to the Octagon.
White said he is planning to have a future card in Boston at Fenway Park.
Penn credits Marv Marinovich for helping with his conditioning.
The press conference just ended at 2:12 a.m. in the East Coast.
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