UFC 163: Post-fight Press Conference
A solid card all the way round, with a great defense of his title by Jose Aldo and a crowd displeasing robbery of Lyoto Machida in his loss, to Phil Davis.
Jose Aldo may well have broken his foot. Chan Sung Jung most definitely separated his shoulder. In terms of damage to fighters, this bout took its toll on both.
Lyoto Machida looked stoic in his loss to Davis. When asked a rather pointed question by a Brazilian reporter and one that took a swipe at Dana White on the subject of Lyoto being promised a title-shot and not getting it and now, with him losing this fight to Davis, a fight the reporter felt passionately that the Dragon had won, would Lyoto be considering a new career? “The Dragon” just laughed and said:
“…It’s a difficult situation for me, because I was promised to go for a title-shot and then, all of a sudden they said “no you only have one fight, because Jon Jones is injured.” So, one week they made a fight for me and a week later they did one with Gustafsson. You know, now this thing happened, I just have to have positive thinking. I can’t keep, crying, you know, I just have to, you know, we know what happened and we have to see what the future reserves for us.”
Jose Aldo was asked whether or not he’ll be looking to move up a division and take on the winner of Henderson / Petties, to which he replied:
“Well first of all, I have to think about myself. So, after winning the fight today, well, I just leave things in the UFC’s hands and they decide, if they want me to fight I’ll fight, if they want me to go up a weight-class I’ll do it. Luckily I made weight very easily and done very well in this class. I’m the champion and I have to defend the title and that’s it, but as I mentioned, if they want me to go up a weight-division I’ll do so.”
On the question of whether or not Chan Sung Jung felt his strategy was working until his should gave out, “The Korean Zombie” said “yes.” He said it was his intention to pick up the pace in the fourth, but when his should popped out and he couldn’t get it back in, Aldo realized what had happened and hit him 3 times. Regarding the shoulder itself, the injury will only require rehab and not surgery.
Phil Davis was hit with a question from a reporter who was skeptical of Davis’s win, asking him “do you think you actually won?” In reply, Davis repeated the question back to the reporter twice and then said, “I don’t know. I mean obviously, I actually think I won. Why wouldn’t I think that?
As to feeling disrespected by those who are questioning his win, Davis said:
“It’s one of those things, fighting is an emotional thing. If I’d lost this fight I’d be like, man I didn’t lose that fight and they know it. It’s just how it is, ya know, when you put all you have into it. So, I mean, everyone who’s a Lyoto fan I understand where you’re coming from, it’s an emotional thing. You’re feeling for your guy…so, no I’m not disrespected. I know how this works. Any time this goes to the judges you forfeit your right to be upset.”
On a clerical note, it was announced that Glover Teixeira will “probably” get the next shot at Jon Jones, should he fare well in his upcoming (September 4th) fight, with Ryan Bader.
Also and regarding injuries sustained by fighters, Ian McCall believes he broke his hand during his FOTN victory.
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