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MMAmania.com will have all the latest updates for today's UFC 156 media conference call which features featherweight champion Jose Aldo and his challenger Frankie Edgar as well as elite heavyweights and light heavyweights Alistair Overeem, Antonio Silva, Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Get all the details below.
The conference call will begin at 2 p.m. ET. Scheduled to attend will be the headlining fighters of the evening, Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, Rashad Evans, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Alistair Overeem and Antonio Silva.
Aldo is the current UFC featherweight champion. The rising Brazilian star defended his title twice in 2011 with unanimous decision victories over Kenny Florian and Mark Hominick. He only fought once last year, but it was a brilliant first round finish of previously unbeaten Chad Mendes. He'll be looking to build a legacy if he can vanquish Edgar.
Edgar is the former UFC lightweight champion, winning the belt in 2010 from B.J. Penn and then successfully defending the strap three times before dropping the it to current champ Ben Henderson. Edgar put forth a spirited effort in a rematch for the title last summer, but dropped a controversial decision which set the state for "The Answer" to drop down to 145 pounds and challenge for the belt
Rashad Evans is the former UFC light heavyweight champion, having only lost twice in his 20-fight career. He is most recently coming off a five round unanimous decision defeat to current champion and former teammate Jon Jones.
"Suga" will be looking to get back on track whether it's to make another run at the 205-pound belt or to set the stage for a drop to middleweight. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is the twin brother of former UFC and PRIDE FC champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. He hasn't had the same success as his brother, but he's put on some amazing fights in his UFC career thus far, most recently crushing Tito Ortiz in the first round at UFC 140 over a year ago.
Alistair Overeem is one of the most talked about and scariest fighters on the UFC roster.
"The Reem" is a former Strikeforce and K-1 Grand Prix champion and his UFC debut was nothing short of spectacular, knocking out ex-champ Brock Lesnar in the first round, although he's been mired in controversy since testing positive for elevated testosterone ratios last year.
He was finally licensed and he's ready to earn a shot at the title with a win. Antonio Silva was supposed to be Overeem's opponent in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament but the fight never materialized. He's gone 1-1 since joining the UFC roster, most recently handing Travis Browne his first defeat inside the Octagon with a violent first round stoppage late last year.
Brian Hemminger here. The conference call is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. ET
2:11 p.m. - We're officially getting started
Frankie Edgar: Fighting is number one, but I'm hoping Ray Lewis gets a championship
Rashad Evans: I train a bit with Ray Lewis because he doesn't live too far from here. I'm hoping the Ravens get it done.
Frankie Edgar: When I was at 155 I forced myself to eat more and lift heavy. I feel a bit quicker and it's less stressful not having to eat every two hours.
Frankie Edgar: I'm happy with the way things are going and I don't wan to change anything. It's perfect timing for me.
Rashad Evans: Your peak years are decided upon how well you take care of your body more than anything. I feel pretty good. Having the time off allowed my body to feel better. I think a lot of times fighters do camps and fight without giving their body a chance to heal. Letting my body heal up is gonna make my career last a little longer.
Rashad Evans: Everything's a possibility. First thing's first, the only thing on my mind is getting past Nogueira. That is my focus more than anything.
Alistair Overeem: Very happy, very pleased to be back. Yeah. Just a matter of time. To be honest, I do not see any problem and then yeah, it's gonna be an exciting day 12 nights from now.
Alistair Overeem: There's always pressure, always tension. I like that. That is my fuel but every fight is the same, you just need to get the job done. I believe if the title is even three fights away, winning my next fight is the most important thing whether it's the title or not.
Frankie Edgar: I've got a pretty big fight ahead of me and I can't look too far ahead. I just want to fight big fights, the fights fans want to see and face big challenges. Aldo is one of the most dynamic strikers out there and he's very explosive, moreso than anyone I fought at 155.
Frankie Edgar: I'm ready for the takedowns to come, ready to stand with him and ready to test the waters. There hasn't been anyone that's been able to take him down yet but I'm not afraid to go for those takedowns.
Antonio Rogerior Nogueira: I know he's a former champion and he's very good but I've been training a lot for almost six months. I got in good shape, some of the best shape of my life.
Frankie Edgar: Barboza has been a huge piece of this camp and a great new teammate. His muay thai doesn't get better and he's bigger as well. Also one of his teammates, Marlo Moraes, doing round robins with those guys on a daily basis has gotten me more than ready.
Antonio Silva: I don't care about the title shot now. My focus is only on Alistair Overeem. I've been waiting for this fight for two years. My focus is 100 percent on Overeem.
Frankie Edgar: It's not my job to put fights together. I do my job and Dana and Joe Silva do theirs in the UFC. Whatever fights sell is what they'll put on. If people want to see those fights, that's what happens.
Frankie Edgar: I wasn't expecting to get an immediate title shot when I went down to 145. I was prepared to do what I had to do to get myself in this position. When Koch got hurt, I took the replacement fight and this lined up.
Jose Aldo: Fighters calling people out or trashtalking doesn't bother me. I don't think it's correct. Each person has a way to promote a fight to get an opportunity for their career. I don't like it, but it doesn't make me mad. Everybody should go up there and fight and go through opponents and earn their opportunity at the title, not talk their way to the title.
Rashad Evans: It would be a lifestyle change, not just prefight stuff. The whole diet year-round would have to change. Naturally, my body goes to like 235 when I'm not consistently training. I'd have to change everything about my diet on a daily basis. If the opportunity were available, I would do so. One reason why I didn't do it was, "Why would I make the drop to 185 if I'm in the same place I'm at at 205?" Why cut the extra 20 pounds? If it were a title shot or against a top contender or something that people want to see, then again, at the same time, I'm already at the top of my division. For me to go to 185, I'd have to start over and prove myself at 185. I am good at 205, but who's to know how good I'd be at 185? There's a lot of variables that would come into play. First thing's first, I'd have to do a test cut and see how I feel there. That'd be some other options that I would think about as well if I would consider doing it. It's a big question mark for me. Once I got past 30, my body started changing a bit. It used to be really easy to make 205 and now I have to be careful about supplements that can mess with my weight. I can be 227-230 without even trying. I'd have to get a dietitian or get on the Dolce Diet or something haha.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: When I read the interview, it made me happy to hear Rashad say good things about me. I respect him a lot. He's a former champion and one of the best in the division. I'm very respectful towards Rashad and I know I'm in for a war against one of the best guys in the division.
Rashad Evans: I'd be a proponent of a 195 pound divison. It's a big drop between 205 and 185. There's a lot of guys that are kind of like me. I'm not a big 205 pounder but 185 might be too big of a cut for me. I think a 195 pound weight class would be a great idea.
Frankie Edgar: It's never been done except by Randy Couture and B.J. Penn and they are legends in our sport. If I win my next fight it takes care of everything. It takes care of me winning my title and me becoming a two-division champion.
Frankie Edgar: He has a lot of tools especially in his striking. He's got good takedown defense and I don't think there's one thing that can win it for me because he's so well-rounded.
Jose Aldo: Not only have I watched that fight once, I have watched it several times to prepare for Frankie Edgar. I did believe that Ben Henderson was better that night.
Jose Aldo: Right now my focus is strictly on Edgar. I'm not thinking about lightweight. Once that happens, I'll think about what my next steps will be.
Rashad Evans: It would be a tremendous honor to have held the belt in two different division and also to beat Anderson Silva. I get excited every time I get a chance to watch him fight. When my career is said and done, i want to say I competed against some of the best guys in history. Fighting Anderson Silva is something for me, to say I went against the best ever. Fighting against that guy and beating that guy, because I do believe I can defeat Anderson Silva.
Ed Soares: The 10 fight deal is on the table for Anderson Silva but it's not signed.
Antonio Silva: He's a tough guy. Great striking. He's a complete guy, best striking in the UFC. This is not kickboxing. This is MMA. I'm ready for every situation and I'm going to win this fight.
Frankie Edgar: You see all his fights and he kicks the legs very well. That's something we've addressed in this camp. I've just got to make him not want to throw them.
Alistair Overeem: I did the drug testing and if it's necessary for me to do that. If not, probably not. It's something I'll have to talk over with my management.
That's a wrap for today's call. Thanks for stopping by!