UFC 163: Press Conference Highlights
A Dana White-less press conference at UFC 163 in Rio de Janeiro revealed several nuggets for the company’s future in the country.
Marshall Zelaznik said that plans are made for another busy 2014 in Brazil but with the World Cup and a major election to circumnavigate.
Featherweight champion Jose Aldo successfully defended his title with a fourth-round TKO over the Korean Zombie, Chan-Sung Jung. In doing so, Aldo may have severely
injured his foot on his first kick of the evening.
“I can’t hardly walk properly,” Aldo said.
Aldo was asked if he would entertain any ideas of jumping up a weight class or continuing to defend his belt.
“If (UFC) want me to, I will do so,” he said. “I will let them decide.”
Jung said that once he returned behind the scenes, medical technicians popped his shoulder back into place and that he feels fine. He is not expecting to have surgery.
Jung was having a difficult time penetrating the tour de force that is Aldo.
“I felt like my strategy was starting to work in the fourth round,” Jung said.
But then his shoulder, which has bothered him in the past, popped out of place.
“I tried to put it back in but it didn’t work,” Jung said “He noticed and kicked me three times really hard.”
Sung is not clamoring for nor is expecting a rematch.
“There are other people,” he said. “I probably need a couple of more wins before they give me a shot at the title.”
Lyoto Machida dropped a close, and controversial decision to Phil Davis at light heavyweight.
“I can’t keep crying,” Machida said. “We know what happened.”
When asked if he thought he won the fight; Davis answered:
“I don’t know,” he said. “I will have to watch it on TV. It looks different from where you are sitting and where I was….the crowd was real loud. It was a really hostile environment.”
Also in light heavyweight news, Zelaznik said that with a “strong” victory Ryan Bader, Glover Teixeira will get the winner of Jon Jones’ title defense against Alexander Gustfsson.
Also on the injury front, flyweight Ian McCall thinks he may have done damage to his right hand in his Fight of the Night victory over Iliarde Santos.
“It feels broken,” McCall said. “I know I don’t have a knuckle anymore.”