Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will hold a media conference call today (June 2, 2011) live at 2 p.m. ET in advance of The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale event that goes down on Saturday (June 4) in Las Vegas.
Live updates from the TUF 13 Finale conference call after the jump.
Brian Hemminger here on standby. Call to begin shortly.
Anthony Pettis: I think the Shane Roller fight was where I became a complete mixed martial artist.
on where the TUF finalists have been training
Ramsey Nijen: I've been training with The Pit elevated in Utah with John Hackleman
Tony Ferguson: I've been training with Marty Morgan. Brock (Lesnar) actually sponsored me.
on his quick rise to stardom.
Anthony Pettis: I think I'm at where I'm at for a reason. I push myself to the limit in the gym and it shows in my fights. A year ago, no one knew who Anthony Pettis was or cared and now I'm headlining a card with Clay Guida.
on Duke Roufus
Anthony Pettis: I was blessed to have an amazing gym in my own backyard with Duke Roufus. He really relates to me on what to look out for on the ins and outs of the fight game. Duke's been in my shoes before and in the personal life, he knows how to deal with the fame and now to balance everything.
Ramsey Nijen: I think Dustin Edwards was one of the toughest guys on the show. He got knocked out and never really got to show his skills.
On changes in his training to prepare for Pettis
Clay Guida: I'm actually swimming a lot right now in my training. Look at Michael Phelps, one of the best athletes in the world and I've taken a liking to that. Getting tired is for old people. There's no time in 15 minutes to get tired or 25 minutes to get tired.
On his perception after a negative portrayal in the show's season finale.
Tony Ferguson: My friends and my family know who I am and the person I am. My twitter's been blowing up like crazy and I've had a few people send me some crazy messages I never thought I'd get. It brought me back to reality. I want to make my parents proud just like everyone else.
On his changes as a fighter since the show ended
Ramsey Nijen: I'm always evolving. A lot of people don't realize I haven't been seriously training until the last six to eight months in my overall ability. I'm becoming a much better striker and better at power punching.
Clay Guida: I think a dominating victory on Saturday night will tell the tale to Joe Silva and Dana White about my future in the UFC.
On pressure to put on a good show
Clay Guida: The most important bonus check is my win bonus. I don't think we think about that. I don't anyways. Getting my hand raised is paramount. I'm 0-2 in this venue and I want to get my demons out.
Anthony Pettis: Putting two guys like that in the cage together means fans can expect a great fight.
On fighting at the venue
Clay Guida: I've had two fight of the night's here, Fight of the Year but I've lost both times. I'm going to change that.
Anthony Pettis: I'm not too concerned about Clay's cardio. I went 25 minutes in my last fight and I think I can go 15 with Clay.
On potentially getting booed in his debut.
Tony Ferguson: I've been booed before. When you're a fighter, you have to look past everything and put it all behind me. I don't think it would affect me at all. You don't listen to everything else, you just focus on your team.
That concludes today's call. Did anything strike your interest, Maniacs?