Ultimate Fighting Championship held a public pre-fight press conference earlier today (Jan. 12, 2012) in advance of the UFC 142: "Aldo vs. Mendes" pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place this Saturday night (Jan. 14) at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
For our live blog of today's festivities, click here.
Today's presser went down from the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio, featuring the headlining fighters of the evening, including reigning UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and division number one contender Chad Mendes (main event), along with middleweight contenders Vitor Belfort and Anthony Johnson (co-main).
So, what did everyone talk about? Here's a snip from "Money" Mendes:
"I come into every fight knowing that I'm going to win in my hard. Coming into this fight, there isn't any thought that goes through my mind that I might lose. I feel prepared. I know Jose is the champion but I know I'm right there behind him and I'm going to come after it. On Saturday, I'm going to show the world that I'm the best."
Hear more from the rest of the crew in the UFC 142 press conference full video, after the jump.
Remember: MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of UFC 142, beginning with the PPV telecast at on Jan. 14. In addition, we will deliver up-to-the-minute quick results of all the under card action much earlier on fight night.
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