Frankie Edgar former UFC lightweight champion speaks during a press conference to announce commitment to bring UFC to Madison Square Garden and New York State at Madison Square Garden . (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will hold a public press conference today (August 9, 2012) to in advance of UFC 150: "Henderson vs. Edgar 2," which will take place this weekend (Aug. 11, 2012) at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
The press conference will begin at 3 p.m. ET. Scheduled to attend will be the headlining fighters of the evening, Ben Henderson, Frankie Edgar, Donald Cerrone, Melvin Guillard and UFC President Dana White.
Henderson is the current UFC Lightweight champion. After losing his WEC lightweight title at the end of 2010, he tore through the UFC lightweight division, knocking off contender after contender before earning a unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 144 in Saitama, Japan earlier this year.
Edgar is the former UFC Lightweight champion, having twice defeated B.J. Penn in 2010 to win and defend the belt. He showcased his pure heart in coming back twice in consecutive fights against Gray Maynard last year earning a draw and closing out the trilogy with a fourth round knockout. He dropped the title to Henderson but after a short campaign, earned a rematch against his third straight opponent.
Donald Cerrone has been on fire since coming to the UFC from the WEC. After winning his first four UFC fights, he was derailed by Nate Diaz last December. Despite suffering from a severe intestinal problem, he stepped up and dominated Jeremy Stephens in his last fight to put himself back in the lightweight mix.
Melvin Guillard was on the verge of title contention in 2011 after a string of big time performances and impressive stoppages. He also was derailed from a shot at the belt, but he fell harder than Cerrone, getting stopped in consecutive fights by both Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller. He got back on track with a workmanlike performance against Fabricio Camoes and now he's going to be facing a former teammate in "Cowboy."
We'll have live updates and video of the UFC 150 press conference after the jump:
Brian Hemminger here. The press conference will begin at 3 p.m. ET.
Ben Henderson: I've spent a total of three and a half weeks at altitude.
Frankie Edgar: I was set on getting the rematch. I never thought about going down to 145.
Ben Henderson: Me and Anthony Pettis will dance again before we both retire. It's not up to me to say who's next. My job is to beat whoever they put in front of me. He has to earn that shot.
Donald Cerrone: We're going out there to draw blood, fucking get some and then have a beer afterwards.
Melvin Guillard: I saw Donald's name on the contract and was like, "really dude? AND in Denver?" There must have been a bunch of other people who said "no" to this fight and I was right. Like three other people. By any means, I didn't come to Colorado to lose. All of these guys have been champions or fought for titles and I think it's time for me to join the elite. To be the elite, you have to beat the elite guys. That's what this organization is about. It's not about photoshoots, that's not why we became fighters. We became fighters to fight. I wish other guys would step up to the plate more often and stop running from guys.
Donald Cerrone: I just trained my ass off to get in shape for Melvin.
Melvin Guillard: I haven't stressed about anything. Honestly, coming into this fight with Donald, I'm expecting a three round brawl. I told my wife that I was thinking I won't go out Saturday night because I'll be so banged up and give people the fight they want to see. I want to give Donald 150 percent and I know he'll give it back.
Donald Cerrone: We'll fight again, believe that. (talking about Ben Henderson)
Donald Cerrone: My gameplan from Greg is just "go out there and do what you do." I'm just gonna fight my fight, fight my ass off. Melvin knows that and he'll be prepared.
Melvin Guillard: I had to adjust to a big change but I got through it. I got my first win with the Blackzilians and to turn around and fight a great fighter like Donald, I'm an opportunist. Everybody is beating everybody in this weight division. There's no dominant guy. Fighting Donald makes the most sense. This fight is going to push one of us up and one of us back. I'd rather be fighting Donald than just some new guy in the UFC. It's time for me to step up and beat guys and win.
Frankie Edgar: I think it's based on the individual. You definitely have more media and attention, but you're still fighting and you still have to show up to fight.
Melvin Guillard: Win or lose, my goal is to fight hard.
Melvin Guillard: I still consider myself the hardest hitter in the lightweight division.
Donald Cerrone: I plan on coming out and throwing down. Wherever it goes, it goes.
Frankie Edgar: It's tough fighting guys back to back. I'm kind of used to it now. You look forward to a new opponent.
Melvin Guillard: I'm turning into the "Middle Aged Assassin" I just need to take a lot of fights. This is a career-defining fight for me.
Ben Henderson: I want to have that broad appeal, companies that have never sponsored MMA before. That's what I'm looking for in mainstream sponsors. GE, Home Depot, there's a ton of big, huge corporations that I think can benefit from sponsoring MMA.
Frankie Edgar: Maybe Adidas, Rebock or other sports brands.
Frankie Edgar: It doesn't matter if you're little. You should focus on both wrestling and jiu-jitsu.
Melvin Guillard: I hope he makes it easy for both of us and just falls down on my first punch.
Ben Henderson: Nate Diaz is a great fighter. He brings it every time he fights. I've said this before. I want to fight everybody.
Ben Henderson: I've never thought about welterweight at all. I want my name to be synonymous with 155 for the next 10 years.
That's a wrap folks. Thanks for stopping by!