"I'm feeling horrible right now, so I'll take anything to perk me up a little bit [being the number one contender]. I got cut in the fight. I got knocked out in the fight. I got choked in the fight. It was a miserable 15 minutes.... This is the Ultimate Fighting Championship. So while these guys are out there swinging a sledgehammer and flipping a tire around I'm throwing fists at a partners head, neck and chest. I'm fighting in practice everyday. I'm working on fighting things. I'm not spending my time on health or Anthony Robbins, screaming the word 'Yes!' over and over.... I never would have tapped [in the third round], but I was very close going to sleep. I was on my way out.... It was tight.... I would prefer to fight Anderson over Vitor [later this year] even though I think Vitor is the better fighter. Vitor has never lost a fight that was stand up. Not one ever. And I'm a Vitor fan. So I would know. The blueprint to beat Vitor is out there, but it's never been done by a stand up guy. It's been done by a guy who can push, pull and pummel him down there. The one weapon that Anderson's missing..... Anderson is fantastic. He's the champion of the world for a reason. I get that. I'm not delusional. I'd rather have Anderson who's big and tall and those long legs that I can come out and run over than Vitor. It will be a verbal beatdown [before the fight]. Anderson Silva will be in tears before it's all over.... This guy is no more real than the Loch Ness Monster. And if he needs me to expose him then I will. As far as him being the bully on the playground, his 15 minutes are up.... I've got to go get some rest. I feel horrible."
Newly-minted number one middleweight contender, Chael Sonnen, reveals how close he was to losing to Nate Marquardt at UFC 109: "Relentless" last night (Feb. 6, 2010) from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sonnen, for the most part, made "The Great" look bad -- certainly not the top ranked 185-pound fighter that he is today. But there were a few hairy moments, including eating an elbow that sliced his forehead wide open in the second round and a getting stuck in a choke in the final frame that nearly had him unconscious. Nonetheless, he persevered and now gets the opportunity to challenge the winner of the showdown between division champion Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort in April. Sonnen has been incredibly vocal about how he feels about the reign of "The Spider," who has never lost inside the Octagon and holds the record for the most straight victories for the promotion. Is Sonnen really the guy who can "expose" Silva or will Belfort beat him to it? Or, are both Belfor and Sonnen dead men walking? Let's hear it, Maniacs.