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MMAmania.com will have all the latest updates from the UFC 155 press conference today (Dec. 27, 2012) from Las Vegas, Nevada, which features heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, as well as his challenger and former champion Cain Velasquez. UFC President Dana White will also be on hand. Get all the updates and watch a LIVE video stream below.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will hold a media press conference event today (Dec. 27, 2012) in advance of UFC 155: "Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2," which is scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, this Saturday night (Dec. 29, 2012).
The conference, which is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena (Studios A&B) and will feature UFC President Dana White, as well as the headlining fighters of the evening, Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez.
Dos Santos is the current UFC Heavyweight champion. "Cigano" earned his title the hard way, smashing a wide array of opponents in devastating fashion to eran a crack at the belt. When he got his shot, he took it and blasted the then-champion Velasquez via knockout in front of a national audience. He defended his belt against Frank Mir earlier this year in the all-heavyweight main card of UFC 146 and has patiently waited for his next defense against the man he dethroned.
Velasquez is the former UFC heavyweight champion. The American Kickboxing Academy product stopped Brock Lesnar via first round technical knockout to capture the title but would lose it in his first defense to the current champion, dos Santos. He bounced back with hell's fury, obliterating Antonio Silva in his first fight back and earned another shot at his former belt. He's out to prove the first round knockout loss to "Cigano" was a fluke.
Check out the UFC 155 press conference video below, as well as our up-to-the-minute updates of all the notable news, notes and quotes:
Brian Hemminger here. The press conference is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET.
Dana White: The winner of Saturday night's fight gets a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle
Junior dos Santos: I had problems in Brazil. My flight from Salvador to Sao Paulo was normally 2 hours but this time it was 6 hours so I lost my connection to here. I had some problems to fix everything there. It was a little bit frustrating but now I'm feeling good. It's already in the past and I don't care too much about it.
Junior dos Santos: I'm training very hard like always. I think I did the best camp I ever did. It was really good, everything was really good for me. I'm feeling stronger, faster with more experience so I think I'm better now.
Cain Velasquez: He wanted to keep the fight standing and he did with Frank and he picked him apart on the feet.
Cain Velasquez: He earned it. With this fight, I get to go and redeem myself.
Cain Velasquez: I wish it had never came out. You don't make excuses for yourself. Let's stop talking about that old fight because this is a while new one.
Cain Velasquez: The odds don't matter to me. What matters is Saturday night and what happens there. What happens beforehand doesn't matter.
Junior dos Santos: I think it will be longer than the first time for sure. Cain Velasquez is very well prepared for this fight. I'm very well prepared. The heavyweight division is very dangerous so you have to be careful.
Dana White: It was a very weird year. We hung in there. A lot of milestones in 2012 but one of them was the most injuries ever.
Cain Velasquez: I'm very grateful for my parents. Without them having their dream, I wouldn't be having mine. It has a lot to do with them and their hard work and everything.
Cain Velasquez: It feels good. I'm proud of where I came from, where my parents came from and that I can mean that much to all those people. It's a blessing.
Dana White: Brazil has been crazy. Brazil took off like a rocket, like the way I thought Mexico would but it didn't. There's no doubt that this guy right here Cain Velasquez, they were telling me that whenever Fox Mundo has Cain Velasquez on, the numbers go through the roof. He has a lot of Mexican fans.
Dana White: There's no doubt more people know who these guys are than they did before that fight. There's a lot of distractions going on with the holidays but it should be a good pay-per-view.
Cain Velasquez: It's a great motivation. I definitely want to step up and deliver a great performance like Marquez did. We both were on a plane to Mexico City and we talked for a bit there.
Junior dos Santos: I'm very well prepared for this fight. I know he's got really good wrestling skills for sure he's gonna try to take me down. I know that. I train a lot with my takedown defense and my jiu-jitsu too so I'm ready to fight on the ground if that happens, I think I will do very well. For sure, my intention for this fight is to knock him out again.
Cain Velasquez: The whole reason I got into this sport was to be the best, to be champion and that's the only goal I have in this sport is to hold this title.
Cain Velasquez: I have been thinking about this fight for a year. I had a long training camp and a good one. It's a lot better now that we learned from the first fight. We took that into the fight with Bigfoot and the training camp as well.
Junior dos Santos: I think 50 percent each, Mexican and Brazilian fans. I already saw a lot of Brazilians here at the hotel and for sure a lot of Mexicans are coming. For sure it's gonna be a good show. They will be rooting for us and I think some Mexicans will be rooting for me too.
Cain Velasquez: I just took the stuff I did wrong in the first fight. You have to learn from a loss instead of dwelling on it. You can't get down on yourself and make the best out of it.
Dana White: You can't throw the first fight out. He won by knockout but there's no doubt I think you'll see a different Cain Velasquez this fight. Junior dos Santos hits you with hard shots and his jab is awesome. Cain Velasquez has a chin. One knockout doesn't mean he doesn't have a chin. I'm not his strategy coach or anything but I'm sure you'll see Cain trying to take him to the ground.
Cain Velasquez: My fighting style and everything speaks for itself. I'm kind of private in everything else and I think my fighting speaks for itself. It's a big question everyone brings up. You answer it 100 times, it's fine.
Dana White: People that have problems with the Brown Pride tattoo are morons.
Junior dos Santos: I'm enjoying a lot for sure Nike is the biggest and best sports company in the world. It's very important for me to be representing them. It's an honor. I think it's really good for me. I want to make them proud of the decision.
Dana White: Junior dos Santos is a well-rounded mixed martial artist. Sure he knocks people out but these wrestlers can't take him down. Junior dos Santos has a good ground game too. They both have everything.
Cain Velasquez: Just from working out with a guy like Daniel, you have to get better. Both guys push each other. We spar each other three times a week so we are always going to elevate our game.
Junior dos Santos: It's better to go in as a champion than the challenger. My life changed a lot. I'm giving a better life to my family. It's going good and I love to be where I am so I want to keep everything like that.
Cain Velasquez: For me, it means everything but as far as a rivalry, if we see each other again, fight each other again, it's a possibility.
Junior dos Santos: This is more of a rematch for Cain than for me. I'm 100 percent to go there and keep my belt.
Cain Velasquez: I don't have a favorite performance. All my wins are special to me. I was well prepared and definitely hungry, but prepared. I was ready all around and just did what I normally do (against Bigfoot).
That's a wrap, folks. Thanks for stopping by!