The UFC is holding a media conference today to promote UFC 165: Jones Vs Gustafsson. UFC President Dana White, Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, Interim Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao, and Eddie Wineland will all be on the call to talk about their championship bouts scheduled for the end of the month. As always, Fighters.com will be bringing you live updates of the call scheduled for 2:00 PM EST.
UFC 165: Jones Vs Gustafsson takes place September 21 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.
Dana White, UFC President
- Jones headlining 3 straight events is just how things worked out with timing.
- Gustafsson is obviously popular, and if he wins he will be even more popular.
- I hope this is the last interim title fight. If Cruz can’t compete at the begining of next year, we will have to make a decision.
- There are no updates on Matt Grice. I talked to his wife this morning.
- Cruz is very confident he will be able to go at the beginning of the year.
Jon Jones, UFC light heavyweight champion
- My goal is to become the greatest light heavyweight of all time.
- It would be great to fight in New York, and its sad that people can’t watch me fight there.
- I don’t agree with the comparisons people have been making between me and Gustafsson.
- I know I’m not unbeatable. I don’t compare myself to Anderson Silva, or that he lost. We are at different stages in our career, he has been doing this for so long.
- I think we have figured out his tendencies in the cage. I think I have figured out some of his go to strikes, and I’m ready for whatever happens.
- Studying tape helps me feel relax and calm on fight night.
- He has a long reach, and is very tall. I think I use my reach better. He gets hit with alot of punches. Not many guys have been able to punch me in the fight.
- After this win, my rank in the pound for pound rankings will be more justified after this win.
- I look at my opponents with very honest eyes. I believe I figured my opponent out.
- I really don’t talk about Greg Jackson enough. He has been able to coach me to a different level, and I have never tapped out. He has changed my psychology tremendously and he doesn’t get enough credit in my eyes. The whole camp is a great program.
- My biggest motivation is my brothers. I have a fear of not being a pro athlete and having my brothers still be pro athletes.
- I’m comfortable with who I am, and I had to let the alot of stuff go. I am starting to develop my own fan base. I am going to be here for a while. I don’t read the blogs, just my comments on twitter and instagram.
Alexander Gustafsson, UFC light heavyweight contender
- On studying film- I study the film alot as well. We try to breakdown, and review what he does in the cage. My coaches do a good job, and I’m doing my homework as well.
- I’ve been training with guys who emulate Jones, and I’m training my ass off. This isn’t all about reach, alot of other things will come into play. My reach is 81.2 inches.
- I will win this fight fighting from the outside.
- My camp has been great. I have been at team alliance and training in Stockholm. Im blessed to have great guys around me.
Renan Barao, UFC interim bantamweight champion
- Cruz has been out for awhile. Ever since I defended the belt, I considered my self the champion.
Eddie Wineland, UFC bantamweight contender
- This is a huge opportunity for me. I was the first title holder of the WEC bantamweight, and winning it will mean it has come full circle.
- I was bummed when the fight was delayed. Injuries are the nature of the sport. I was on edge until I got the call I was fighting Renan again.
- He has a big win streak, but he hasn’t fought me yet. There is no reason I can’t beat him.
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