UFC 135 press conference LIVE updates today (Sep. 21) for 'Jones vs Rampage' in Denver

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be holding a public press conference today (Sep. 21, 2011) in advance of Saturday night's (Sep. 24, 2011) event UFC 135: "Jones vs. Rampage."

The conference will begin at 2 p.m. ET live from the Ridgeline Restaurant inside the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, the home city of the event.

Scheduled to attend will be UFC president Dana White and headlining fighters of the evening: Jon Jones, Quinton Jackson, Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck.

"Bones" Jones is the current UFC light heavyweight champion, having recently defeated Mauricio Rua at UFC 128 for the title. This will be his first attempt to defend his belt. This will be yet another opportunity to live up to (or exceed) the hype.

On the opposite side of the podium will be the challenger to his title, former UFC 205 pound champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who earned a shot at the belt after consecutive victories over Lyoto Machida and Matt Hamill respectively.

Matt Hughes is a former two-time undisputed UFC welterweight champion on the tail end of his career. He's coming off a tough first round loss to B.J. Penn, losing the trilogy in the process.

His opponent, Josh Koscheck, stepped up on short notice when Diego Sanchez broke his hand in training. Koscheck is one fight removed from challenging for the UFC welterweight title last December and is looking to get back on track with a big victory against a legend.

We'll have complete updates of the UFC 135 press conference after the jump.

You can watch the press conference stream here.

Brian Hemminger here. The press conference is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET.

2:20 p.m. we're officially getting started.

Quinton Jackson: I'm glad Jon Jones is underestimating me. He'll be very surprised on Saturday.

Quinton Jackson: I think this is the best camp of my career because I was very motivated. Muscle Farm had a great facility. It was state of the art. I haven't been this motivated in a long time.

Jon Jones: I'm positive that I've never stated that Rampage doesn't have the tools to beat me. I'm not underestimating Rampage at all. That would be a very, very ignorant for me to do, to underestimate somebody with such a great status.

Josh Koscheck: When the UFC first came out in 1993, I didn't even know what it was. I didn't know until about 2003 or 2004. It's cool for me to be here at least for a history thing. I'd like to thank Matt Hughes for stepping up and putting this fight together.

Matt Hughes: I brought Jeremy Horn in, Robbie Lawler, Pat Miletich, B.J. Penn, DaMarques Johnson. I like to travel as a family and the more people I have around me, the happier I am. 

Quinton Jackson: I was counted out when I was facing Chuck Liddell in the UFC and Wanderlei Silva and those are things that make me train harder and rise to the occasion. That gives me more power.

Quinton Jackson: Jon is a very unique with a lot of the stuff he does. He's a great wrestler and I've fought a lot of wrestlers. He's a good striker but I've fought better strikers. I've fought taller guys and guys with better reach.

Jon Jones: I think a big part of getting knocked out, it comes more and more with the older guys in the sport. Your ability to take punches goes away. I have a fresh chin. I have a fresh passion and a fresh heart and I think that's gonna get me out of a lot of things. I have a passion to not wanna get hit and because of how serious I take this sport, that's why my chin hasn't been tested. I put a lot of time in evading and movements.

Dana White: Rampage has been here for a long time. He's fought all the best in the world. I think one of the things that people always talked about in the fast was his lack of motivation but to say that this would be the biggest upset in UFC history is insane.

Jon Jones: Think of how many jiu-jitsu dojos there are that love to see a guard pass or the first sport invented, wrestlers. There's a whole society that love to see ground fighting. For people that hate ground fighting, I tell them to watch K-1.

Jon Jones: I wasn't trying to be a hero, it was just something that happened at the right place and right time.

Quinton Jackson: Jon Jones can think whatever he wants to think. He can talk all he wants. He hasn't fought anybody. Shogun is the toughest guy he fought and he was rusty. Let Jon do all his talking, I'll do my talking in the Octagon. We'll see how the old man goes down. He's never been in the championship rounds and I have.

Quinton Jackson: I like Denver. I was very surprised at all the MMA fans here. I meet a lot of fans going out to eat and the mall. I made a friend at the zoo, a little monkey that looked like Jon Jones. I liked Denver, I'll be back.

Josh Koscheck: One of the reasons I wanted to go up and have a fight there is because everyone was tied up. I'm not gonna be fighting St. Pierre any time soon. What's gonna be the motivation to train hard and go to the gym, I needed a big fight. I think Chris Leben was one of the guys we asked for and Wanderlei Silva was the second guy. I thought it would be fun for the fans, give me motivation to train. I thought this was a fight that should have happened a long time ago. I dont' know why he didn't accept it or why it had never been offered to me. We'll find where my place is gonna be and where his place is going to be in the UFC.

Josh Koscheck: I'm always motivated to test myself as a fighter and as a person. I'm one of those guys that will step up. I've said it many times I'll fight anyone at any time any place and I proved that again taking this fight on short notice. I helped all the Strikeforce guys, Cormier, King Mo and Rockhold, so I don't feel like I'm taking this fight on short notice because I've been in camp.

Josh Koscheck: I walk around usually 193-197. I'm a little shorter for 185 but with the wrestling skills I have, I think there could be some fun matchups there.

Dana White: I think he could go to 185. I don't disagree with him. I think he's a little short for that weight class but I'm comfortable at 185.

Dana White: I think every day as we get closer, we work hard and work hard and work hard and get closer to what we think it can be. This Jon Jones/Rampage fans is a big fight. You have the fights that the hardcore fans are interested in and you have the fights that everybody is interested in. This is a big fight. This is a breakthrough fight. 

Josh Koscheck: I went right back into training. I saw a couple of eye doctors and they said everything was good. I'd been injured before. I had a fusion on my neck and bounced back.

Josh Koscheck; There was really noone at 170 that caught my eye and gave me the motivation. That's why I wanted middleweight. I want big fights and when I got the call for Matt Hughes, that was a fight I'd been asking for a long time. He's a tough opponent as well, he doesn't just have a big name. He's a former UFC champion at 170. Why not test myself with a guy that's been there and done that. 

Dana White: Matt Hughes is never not interested in anything. I've never called him and had him say he's not interested in a fight. 

Matt Hughes: Josh isn't the first person that called me out. I just never got notice about fighting him about the UFC in the past.

Matt Hughes: I'm 37. I was the guy that Jon Jones was talking about about being older. I don't want to be in my 40s and fighting. I'm about to be 38. I don't plan on signing another four fight contract at least.

Jon Jones: My life hasn't changed at all. I just expect more from myself in training. I train at Greg Jackson's Martial Arts and there are a lot of elite athletes at that program. I'm really trying to make sure I'm the best of the best. I expect more of myself now but everything else is the same.

Jon Jones: As far as the fans latching onto that, if you've got guys with huge followings, they could say that I'm a vegan and now I'm a vegan. That's how it works. They latch onto what they say. It could have been anything. I guess it's just part of my image now and I think people will take it for what they believe. My intentions are well. I try to do the right thing and I believe in myself. I have a very strong support base. Rashad call me cocky but it could have been any other word.

Dana White: Jon Olaf Einemo is back in the UFC but I don't know when.

Josh Koscheck: I got notice of the fight 19 days ago but I've been training. I train with a lot of good guys at AKA and there's a lot of good talent there. It's a fight three days a week when you're sparring there. I'm really prepared for this fight and I will never have any excuses after a fight. I'm winning this fight in my mind. I think Saturday night we'll see many good fights. 

Josh Koscheck: I'm not trying to disrespect Matt Hughes. He's been a good representative in this sport. You really can't start up too much in 19 days. Matt's a good guy and we have a lot in common. He's a well-respected fighter in this sport and it's gonna be a good sport.

Dana White: Who knows what's gonna happen. The ball's in Showtime's court about that with Strikeforce. 

Jon Jones: I don't want to sit here and disrespect Rampage. My personal goal is to be the first person to finish a fight against him in the UFC. I don't know that's gonna happen. I've been working my submissions and I've been working my stand-up. We'll see.

Rampage Jackson: It ain't gonna happen.

That's a wrap folks!

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