The “UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II” pre-fight media conference call went down earlier today and fighters competing in the top two headlining bouts –Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen, Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin– along with UFC president Dana White were on the call to answer questions from members of the media regarding the upcoming July 7 event.
The media call was perhaps the most heated in the history of the organization and while all four fighters did have some interesting things to say, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva stole the show as he unleashed a verbal tirade on his opponent Chael Sonnen. Transcribed highlights from the call below, or listen to the call in its entirely in the full entry.
“Chael is a criminal; he’s been convicted of crimes, and he doesn’t deserve to be in the Octagon. And when the time comes, I’m going to break his face, and break every one of the teeth in his mouth.”
“Right now, I’m focused on what’s in the future. The game is over. I’m going to beat Chael’s ass out of the UFC. He’s never going to want to fight again when I’m done with him.”
“Chael Sonnen is going to get his ass beaten like he’s never been beaten before. I’m going to do something that has never been done before. I’m going to break all his teeth, his arms, his legs; he won’t be able to walk out of the cage. I know that he’s listening. No more shit-talking; the game is over. It’s on now.”
“I’m going to make him pay, and I’m going to make him eat everything he said about myself, our country, and make sure he never disrespects any Brazilian fighter. What I’m going to do to Chael will change the image of the sport. I’m going to beat him like maybe his parents should have beaten him to teach him some respect.”
“The only difference (between the last fight and the rematch) is this time he’ll have to see a plastic surgeon after a fight.”
“He’s a really good set-up guy, but if you walk into a fist-fight with your hands down, you’re an amateur. He’s an amateur, and I’m going to make him look like an amateur again.”
“This is the biggest sporting event of the summer. Someone brought up the Olympics. Just because someone has the Olympics on in the background while their family eats dinner isn’t the same.”
“There is no fight in 2012 that has as much weight and as much emotion as this one.”
“I’m trying to hurt this guy; he’s trying to hurt me. This is the biggest sporting event of the summer, for a good reason. People have been waiting for two years for this fight. No fight in the history of this sport has had as much emotion and anticipation as this one. I’m not playing around. I’ve got two words for him: medium rare.”
While their comments were brief, read highlights of what co-main event fighters Ortiz and Griffin had to say below.
“I’ve been preparing for this for my whole life; eight weeks of training for 15 minutes. This fight means the world to mean, and it will show July 7. I’m coming to fight. I know Forrest is ready, I’m ready, so let’s fight. As for the Hall of Fame, I’m thankful to Dana and the Fertittas for it, and it shows what I’ve done in this sport.”
“My job is to fight, and on July 7, I’ll fight, and get my hand raised.”
“This fight means the world to me. I’m not coming in playing around or talking smack.”
“Obviously we have some history, and it’s his final fight. The whole thing is never lose two in a row.”
UFC 148 goes down July 7 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is headlined a middleweight championship rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen.
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