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UFC NEWS – All 20 UFC 142 Fighter’s Give Their Take On Their Performances


UFC 142 went down tonight from Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena. In the main event featherweight weight champion Jose Aldo put his belt on the line against the undefeated Team Alpha Male product, Chad Mendes and with one second left in the first round knocked out the Sacramento resident to retain his title.

In the co-main event Vitor Belfort earned his moniker “The Phenom” and took the fight straight to Anthony Johnson. Winning the fight on the feet and taking his opponent out on the ground with an eventual rear naked choke to win the contest in the first frame of action.

Here is what the fighter’s had to say about their performances tonight:

MAIN EVENT:

JOSE ALDO:

“This is the spirit I wanted to come out with tonight. The fans here gave me so much energy. We knew Chad was going to try to take me off my feet. We prepared for that and I had a chance to land the knee. It connected and I finished the fight. I was so overcome with emotion that I wanted to celebrate with my people.”

CHAD MENDES:

“Jose is a great champion and he was the better man tonight. He showed why he’s one of the best fighters in the world. I knew it would be hard to take him down, but I kept trying. I tried to keep the pressure, but he is just so tough and his takedown defense is great. I wanted the title so bad.”

CO-MAIN EVENT:

VITOR BELFORT:

“I didn’t stop the entire fight. He kept trying to take me down and I kept fighting it. ‘Make him quit.’ That was my goal and I did just that. I had the whole country (of Brazil) behind me and I could feel it in there tonight. Next to God and my family, my fans are one of the most important things to me. Rio, America, all over….I love my fans.”

ANTHONY JOHNSON:

“A loss is a loss. My legs just got really tired. I didn’t get beat up in there and he really didn’t hurt me with what he hit me with. I just got tired. I’ve got to figure this thing out.”

BOUT EIGHT: PALHARES SUBMITS MASSENZIO

ROUSIMAR PALHARES:

“What a great victory! It’s what I always say when I get in there…if it’s God’s will then it is God’s will. I went in there and got it done. I like submissions and I got another one tonight.”

MIKE MASSENZIO:

“That’s a world-class athlete who was the better fighter tonight. I had the best camp of my career. I just got stuck. It wasn’t my night. I’m really disappointed.”

BOUT SEVEN: PRATER def. SILVA by DQ

CARLO PRATER:

“I’m not a judge. I didn’t stop the fight. All I know is that he hit me and it sent a shock of pain through my body unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I don’t know if the shots were legal. I just know it was unlike anything I’ve ever felt.”

ERICK SILVA:

“Everyone here knows that wasn’t intentional. I don’t know what else to say.”

BOUT SIX: BARBOZA def. ETIM by KNOCKOUT

EDSON BARBOZA:

“When you fight in Brazil, it’s unlike fighting in any other place in the world. In a fight, you try things and hope they work. Tonight, it (the kick) worked. It’s something I’ve practiced a lot and I finally was able to land it hard. I’m happy with this outcome and you can expect more of that soon.”

TERRY ETIM:

*Transported to local hospital for medical care following the fight and was unavailable for comment*

BOUT FIVE: TAVARES def. STOUT by DECISION

THIAGO TAVARES:

“Sam Stout was the toughest opponent I’ve ever faced and this is the biggest win of my career. I thought about this fight for a long time. I have to be honest: of all the ways I saw this fight going, I never expected to beat him striking. I tried to take the fight to the ground, but he has great takedown defense. The fight stayed on the feet and I was able to win there. I want another big name next.”

SAM STOUT:

“This was my first fight without Shawn (Tompkins). It was definitely an adjustment not having him in my corner. I hope Shawn would be proud.”

“I thought I took rounds two and three, but I just struggled to find my rhythm. My head wasn’t in it in the first round. I had a slow start and I have no one to blame but myself for that.”

BOUT FOUR:

GABRIEL GONZAGA:

“It felt great to be back in the Octagon. I showed that I still have my BJJ skills in there tonight. My time away from the UFC was good for me. I dealt with some personal business in my life and came back refocused. Before, I was training well, but my mind just wasn’t in it. Now, I’m back, I feel great. I’m focused and I showed that by beating a 13-0 fighter.”

EDNALDO OLIVEIRA:

“Part of me is sad and part of me is angry. I left an opening and Gabriel capitalized. I wanted to win badly and this is not a good feeling.”

BOUT THREE:  ALCANTARA def. OMIGAWA by UNANIMOUS DECISION

YURI ALCANTARA:

“This was like the World Cup for me tonight. To fight against a veteran like him was a true honor. I hope this win proved to the UFC that I’m ready for the main card. I felt like a complete fighter in there tonight.”

MICHIHIRO OMIGAWA:

*Suffered an injury during the contest and was transported to a local hospital for further examination. Thus, he was unavailable for comment.*

BOUT ONE: ARANTES def. CARVALHO by UNANIMOUS DECISION

FELIPE ARANTES:

“I’m very happy with this win because I went out there and proved to the people of Brazil that I belong in the Octagon. He was a very tough opponent. I had a tough camp and battled some injuries, but I was able to get in there tonight and control the striking and win.”

ANTONIO CARVALHO:

“I expected the crowd to be against me, but I’m not sure it played a big factor. They were definitely loud. In the end, Felipe listened to his corner very well. I wish I would have had more efficient shots (for takedowns) because they worked in the first round. I went for a few too many submissions and tired myself out.”

 

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12 Comments to UFC NEWS – All 20 UFC 142 Fighter’s Give Their Take On Their Performances

  1. DAMN! says:

    TERRY ETIM:

    *Transported to local hospital for medical care following the fight and was unavailable for comment*

    TIMBER!!!!

  2. ivan says:

    I felt bad cus im a fan of Terry Itim, but that Ko was more embarassing then Bisping getting KO’d by Hendo.

    • Littlejburd says:

      I don’t think anything is as bad as Hendo KOing Bisping. I mean, after all the trash Bisping talked leading up to the fight, I’m pretty sure that was more embarrassing.

    • sandman says:

      what?terry got caught by an expert @ around midnight rio time.hendo shut up a smack talker.big dif

    • aether says:

      what’s embarrassing? They’re world class fighters, get in there with edson barboza and you will learn what “embarrassing” means, because Terry Etim’s performance does not qualify as embarrassing.

  3. HawaiiBeaches says:

    Hey man show some respect to Etim, he’s a great fighter and that was not an embarrassing knockout. Barboza throws extremely fast kicks, and no one expects people’s next strike to be a wheel kick. It’s not like Etim had his hands down or jumped into it or anything, Bisping circled the wrong way into Hendo’s famous power hand. That’s embarrassing… the first time an older friend of mine told me he’d show me how to throw a punch he taught me about circling the right way vs the different stances to try and get my base on the outside of theirs so they are setup for my straight right hand. Anyways, nice performances tonight

  4. Nick says:

    I wanted to know how Pyle felt after the Brazilians boo’d him.

  5. DBKlein69 says:

    It’s not what you do kids it’s what you say. War Chael!

    • FEdgar_fan says:

      Too bad they aren’t putting him on any of the Brazil cards but I guess safety comes first. Can you imagine if he won and ran out of the cage like Aldo?

      They’d have to send dozens of ambulances to pick up the bodies of Brazilians killed by Chael, those hillside houses with beatiful ocean views that Aldo grew up (what were they called felevas?) aren’t like the mean streets of West Linn, Oregon. UFC has a good market in Brazil and one of their fighters killing dozens of Brazilians can’t be good for business.

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