Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will today (May 24, 2012) hold a public press conference to promote this Saturday's (May 26, 2012) UFC 146: "Dos Santos vs. Mir" event, which will air live on pay-per-view (PPV) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The press conference will begin at 2 p.m. ET from the main lobby of the MGM Grand in downtown "Sin City."
Scheduled to attend will be the main card fighters of the evening: Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Antonio Silva, Roy Nelson, Dave Herman, Stipe Miocic, Shane del Rosario, Stefan Struve and Lavar Johnson.
Dos Santos is the current UFC heavyweight champion, having gone an impressive 8-0 inside the Octagon. He captured the title from Cain Velasquez at the inaugural UFC on FOX event last November and is looking to defend his belt for the first time. His opponent, Frank Mir is the former UFC heavyweight champion. He stepped up in place of Alistair Overeem, who tested for elevated levels of testosterone and was denied his license after removing himself from the title bout.
Velasquez is also the former UFC heavyweight champion. He suffered a shoulder injury after initially winning the title in October of 2010 and was handed his lone loss by Dos Santos during his first title defense. Now healthy, he's hoping to earn his title back starting with a victory in the co-main event.
Antonio Silva is a former EliteXC heavyweight champion. His stock rose to absurd levels after his second round technical knockout victory against Fedor Emelianenko in the quarterfinals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, although he was brought back to earth by Daniel Cormier via knockout in the semifinals. If he can beat the former champion, he'll be right back on top, if not higher.
We'll have complete updates of the UFC 146 press conference, as well as a LIVE press conference video feed, after the jump:
Brian Hemminger here. The press conference is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET.
Lavar Johnson: I'm not worried about losing. I'm still in shape, training hard and I feel like I'm well-prepared for this. I think I'm a good match-up for Stefan.
Lavar Johnson: My biggest improvement in my game has been my speed. I've been working on my speed and accuracy instead of just trying to throw as hard as I can.
Stefan Struve: My manager texted me that Mark Hunt was out of the fight and I was worried that I was not fighting. I called him up and I got the word that Lavar stepped up so I thank him for that.
Stefan Struve: The training camp was pretty much done. I had nine weeks of really hard training. I changed a little bit in my mind because he's taller but they're both strikers.
Stefan Struve: I'm 24 and when I'm gonna retire, I'm hopefully gonna have 50-60 fights in the UFC.
Shane del Rosario: It's all come full circle. I put the injury behind me and I felt I had one of my best training camps. I'm honored to be here.
Stipe Miocic: I did MMA before I started boxing. I did some amateur fights and me and my coaches took a year and a half off to work on my skills. It's worked out pretty well so far.
Stipe Miocic: My dream to be a baseball player didn't work out but I'm happy to be here today in MMA.
Stipe Miocic: Mirko's a legend. I'm grateful to be here and plan on staying here for a while.
Dave Herman: My last fight I lost but it was my first fight where I kept my hands up and looked like I knew what I was doing in my striking, so that's a good start.
Roy Nelson: I'm going the old Gracie way. If we had no time limits, I'd definitely win all of them.
Roy Nelson: As long as the fans are happy, it doesn't matter [if I win]
Antonio Silva: This is a big opportunity for my professional life. My opponent is a very tough guy. He's number two in the world. I train a lot and I'm ready for this fight.
Antonio Silva: I worked with Mike Dolce for this fight. I dropped 20 pounds five weeks ago. I stayed from 270 every to move faster because my opponent is very fast and moves a lot. He has fast hands and moves good. Now my shape is better, I move faster and I will try to win this fight.
Cain Velasquez: You can't dwell on the past. You have to learn from it, move forward and take that into your training and your next fights and get better as a person and as a fighter.
Cain Velasquez: There's never any pressure. I just know what I have to do out there. No matter what, I want to have exciting fights. I have no pressure to win.
Cain Velasquez: I'm 100 percent. With this training camp, I rested my body heading into it and each week I picked it up and I feel like I've got my body back to where it was before.
Frank Mir: Having the experience gives me the advantage but once the cage doors shut, it's all the same.
Frank Mir: I was preparing for a fighter with great cardio and was a great boxer already. Both Velasquez and dos Santos are right handed, but that's more difficult for dos Santos to prepare for as he had to switch from a righty in Overeem to a lefty for me.
Frank Mir: The problem is that there is always a select few group in everything in life who speaks with emotions. They don't watch tape or study or analyze. They make their opinions with their emotions. The stupid people are passionate with what they're talking about, very loud and angry. Just because you're the loudest, doesn't mean you're the majority.
Frank Mir: I didn't beat Roy Nelson because he's no good. Roy is a very tough guy. I beat him because I'm a little bit better. You don't win because your opponent sucks, You win because you're good.
Junior dos Santos: When I had my knee injury, that was a problem for me in that fight but I asked for my physical therapies and I needed to be ready for the fight. "Make me ready for this fight." I brought him with me to the fight and I was feeling good and that was perfect for me. That's it.
Junior dos Santos: Yeah, it's true I went to sleep with the belt after I won the title. It was a special moment for me. My dream become true that day so I sleep with my belt. My wife was not here so it was ok.
Junior dos Santos: I want to keep this belt for a long, long time now. That's why I work hard every day. My first title defense now against Frank Mir is gonna prove that. I did an excellent camp in Brazil now and I want to be different. I want to be a part of the history of the heavyweight division.
Junior dos Santos: Actually, I have plan B and plan C but my plan A is working so I will keep doing that. I keep the fight standing because I'm confident that way.
Junior dos Santos: That was more about the fight (saying he has no heart).
Frank Mir: What Junior was trying to do was increase his abilities to be known outside. It sells more tickets. His camp and people around him are trying to get him to sell the fight. His marketability outside the Octagon, our media is notorious for reporting hot topics. He's been asked about it multiple times, it's always brought up. I didn't take it personally. I have too much footage of me proving it otherwise. In the Nogueira fight, I got caught and went out victorious. In the first Brock fight, I wasn't winning that on the scorecards before I came back. Even the second Brock fight, he was beating me in the first round, but I tried to come back and knock him out with that knee.
Junior dos Santos: This fight is not about revenge for me. My satisfaction is defending the belt and giving a better life for my family. It's not revenge for sure. It's an amazing sport and you never know what's gonna happen in the fight. Nogueira made a mistake and Frank was able to capitalize on that moment. My job is to put Frank in bad moments and not give him a chance to recover.
Frank Mir: Both of us are most dangerous in the first round. All my submissions have come in the first and his knockouts have come in the first. Like all people, as a fight wears on, it's more difficult to keep the pace and energy that you have in the first two minutes.
Junior dos Santos: It's very gratifying to get to do what I love and have everyone supporting me.
Junior dos Santos: It's pretty much what you saw in those images. It's wonderful to have those people celebrating with me as a champion.
Junior dos Santos: I actually forgot about the knee so it's 100 percent.
Frank Mir: There are no absolutes in life. Off track record, he has more knockouts than I do and I have better submissions than he does. I guess my answer to that question is, "No shit?"
Junior dos Santos: Frank Mir is a submission artist and I have to respect that for sure. I will. I'm very confident in my hands and I believe I can knock him out. When I believe in something, I can make that happen and I really believe I can knock him out. I don't care if he's better on the ground or I'm better in the standing. In MMA, you never know what's going to happen, but my objective is to win this fight by knockout.
Junior dos Santos: In Brazil, we have a lot of good jiu-jitsu guys so it was no hard for me. I trained with some good southpaw guys too and I did a good camp in Brazil, I think the best camp I ever did.
Frank Mir: I don't know if this is common knowledge, we have a lot of good boxers around in America. We have more champions in boxing, yeah, who'd have thought? It's amazing! (sarcasm).
Junior dos Santos: Mental preparation is I try to be confident with myself and be positive and bring him to my strategy and capitalize on good moments in the fight. I have my coach, when he starts to talk with me and how the fight is gonna be for me, I feel very good. I feel, "Wow, I'm gonna destroy this guy."
Frank Mir: I'm always mentally prepared. I'm always ready for the mental chaos. I go to the cave with the penguin all the time.
Frank Mir: Everybody just looks at your last performance. Nogueira caught me with a right hand but the fact that I knocked Cheick Kongo down, beat Mirko on the feet, beat Antoni Hardonk is getting forgotten. I have one or two knockouts and Junior has five. When people make things up, I just look at stats. How many times did he throw a jab in the first round? What did he do here? My face is on the line. I'm the third highest percentage of striking for any heavyweights in the UFC so that means that there are a lot of guys that suck in the UFC if they're already behind me.
Frank Mir: As far as influence, I've had great coaches. Sergio Pena gave me my black belt and I train with Robert Drysdale but as far as inspirational figures, Nogueira is someone I studied. I wanted to be like Nogueira, a heavyweight who can fight off his back and someone I watch no who's in the UFC today is Fabricio Werdum. It's funny when people ask me if I"m the best jiu-jitsu guy in MMA, I think it's Fabricio Werdum.
Frank Mir: Dan Hardy's a great guy and he pushed me in this training camp a lot. I make no moans about hating to run but in this fight I ran a lot. Dan brings that work ethic here. There wasn't one time that I drove out to go run where he wasn't already out there waiting for me.
Junior dos Santos: I'm very happy now and I think MMA is the most effective sport in the world and it would have to be 100 percent focused on this sport. I love boxing and I want to do a boxing fight but I'm not thinking about the 2016 Olympics for boxing.
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