The press conference announcing the fights at UFC 140 happened today in Toronto, Ontario. The card is incredibly stacked and has a title fight between former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and current champ Jon Jones.
The fight between Machida and Jones is an extremely intriguing fight for many hardcore fans. Machida’s fighting style has been a puzzle that few fighters have been able to solve, but Jones has walked through several top-level opponents.
The two light heavyweights were the only fighters to appear at today’s press conference alongside Dana White. Here are some of the best quotes from the press conference:
When asked about where each fighter felt they had the advantage, Jones seemed extremely confident saying “My youth and versatility,” while Machida said, “Maybe my experience.”
At one point Lyoto said, “I really don’t feel the UFC had anything against me and I knew my time would come.” He is of course referring to the now infamous “Anderson Silva Money” request he made earlier in the year.
When asked about his thoughts on a fight with Rashad Evans, Jones said, “It’s a huge fight to me.” The champ went on to say that he usually tries not to think of fights as “huge.” Is Rashad Evans getting inside Jones’ head? What’s your take?
“Canadian fans are the most enthusiastic about this sport,” said Jones when asked about fighting in Canada for the first time. Dana White agreed with him on that point.
“Anderson (Silva) has already called me and told me he wants to come out and train with me,” Machida said. Perhaps Silva can mirror some of Jones’ technique in Michaida's preparation.
When a fan asked about a possible super-fight between Jones and Silva, Dana said he didn’t know if it would happen, but he also had this to say, “He’ll (Silva) probably end up fighting Chael Sonnen.” That will be one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history.
There is a whole lot to look forward to on the UFC 140 card, and the fight between Machida and Jones should prove to be a great one.
Adam Osterkamp is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.