Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today (June 16, 2011) is making a special trip to Brazil for a UFC 134 press conference to officially announce the Aug. 27 fight card scheduled for the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
The festivities get underway at 2 p.m. ET.
UFC President Dana White will be on hand and is expected to provide detailed ticket information for all the local (and international) fight fans looking to attend.
UFC 134 will feature Anderson "The Spider" Silva defending his middleweight title against Yushin "Thunder" Okami, while Mauricio "Shogun" Rua will make his return to the Octagon to rematch Forrest Griffin.
In addition, mixed martial arts legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will make what could be his last stand in front of a hometown crowd when he tries to quell the uprising of division prospect Brendan "The Hybrid" Schaub.
UFC 134 press conference video and live updates after the jump.
Brian Hemminger here. The press conference is scheduled to begin shortly.
Dana White: The winner of the Brendan Schaub and "Big Nog" fight will be "in the mix" in the heavyweight division
Dana White: Yushin Okami "dominated" Nate Marquardt to become the number one contender. hrmmm
Dana White: Anderson Silva is the greatest mixed martial artist ever. Period.
Anderson Silva: This is the Brazilian soccer team against the world, basically. I'm very happy to be in Brazil. It's more motivation and I'll give my best to represent my country and my Brazilian fans as well.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: I've always fought against the tough foreign crowd and it will be a great thing to fight in Brazil for the first time. I think that my team is going to be fighting on the same night and I can't miss an opportunity to fight in Brazil. I dedicated myself in physical therapy coming from three surgeries on my knees and on my hip. I did everything to make sure I could fight here.
Dana White: We're gonna take this thing not just to Rio but all over Brazil. Not just numbered events but also fight nights as well.
Forrest Griffin: I'm looking forward to the hostile environment. Once you get in the cage there's not a lot going on.
Brendan Schaub: I expect the fight to be hostile. This is as much pressure as you can get while fighting an opponent outside of a title shot. There's nothing harder than fighting Nogueira in Brazil.
Forrest Griffin: I'm honored to fight Shogun down here. I know Shogun wasn't 100% the first time we fought. He's changed a lot, that was his first fight in the UFC. Now, this is my first fight in Rio so the advantages that I had in the first one, he'll have in the second one so it all works out.
Forrest was asked if he'd like revenge on Anderson Silva and he said "pass"
Brendan Schaub: I think I have the advantage on the feet and I'm confident on the ground against him. I like to beat guys at their own game and I have a tremendous passion for Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Forrest on hints for Okami: Do just the opposite of me. Whatever I did, don't do that.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: As in my career, I've always selected challenges. I believe this guy is winning his most recent fights so why not go for one more challenge. I think you need to be fighting against the best, against those that are fighting well.
Anderson Silva: I intend to stay at this division at this weight. I plan to stay here and retire here.
Dana White: Mark Ratner now works for the UFC. The reason I'm so crazy about the judging and the reffing is when those mistakes are made, the guys who put so much time and sacrifice in the sport and a guy judging the fight wrong affects everything. It affects their money, it affects their future and their legacy. We'll be selecting the judges to come down here and hopefully we won't be seeing any of those problems at UFC Rio.
Dana White: Brazil needs to embrace Anderson Silva. People are going to start to wake up to what an amazing sport this is and the amazing people involved in it.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: I'd never fight Junior dos Santos. I'll help him prepare for Cain Velasquez
Dana White: I'd love to see Anderson step up to 205 and fight Jon Jones if they both keep winning.
Dana White: Boxing killed itself because they refuse to have the two best guys fight each other. Everyone wants to see Pacquiao vs. Mayweather but they keep fighting guys that no one cares about.
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