Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will hold a special media conference call today (July 25, 2013) in advance of UFC 163: "Aldo vs Zombie," which will take place next weekend (Aug. 3) in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Aldo is the current UFC featherweight champion, having earned the title by defending the WEC title multiple times before the promotion was folded into the UFC. The talented Brazilian has yet to taste defeat under the Zuffa banner, defending his title a total of six times, with four straight coming inside the Octagon.
Jung is one of the UFC's most popular featherweight fighters, having participated in a Submission of the Year, Fight of the Year and scoring a seven second knockout in his three UFC appearances. He's been sidelined for over a year following his thrilling victory over Dustin Poirier last May and the title fight fell into his lap when Anthony Pettis was briefly injured.
Davis and Machida are two of the most talented light heavyweight on the roster.
Machida is a former champion, having knocked out the likes of Rashad Evans, Ryan Bader, Thiago Silva and Randy Couture during his stint with the promotion. He's been knocking on the door for a title shot for six months and is hoping a victory next weekend will finally get the job done.
Davis has relied on his ground game, utilizing his national champion wrestling ability paired with ever-improving submission skills. "Mr. Wonderful" is looking for that signature win to stamp his status as a title contender and a victory over Machida would be just that.
Brian Hemminger here. The conference call will begin at 2 p.m. ET.
2:10 p.m. We're just getting started
Jose Aldo: Chan Sung Jung fought his way through it and he deserves to be here.
Jose Aldo: I was already in the groove in training for Pettis but he got hurt. I was already prepared and I had to make a few adjustments but I feel fine.
Zombie: I had more than enough time to mentally prepare myself and recover from the injuries. I think the time off actually helped benefit me.
Zombie: I was in disbelief until Dana White announced I was in the fight. Until then, I didn't believe it was true. I was excited about it for a very long time.
Marshall: We have two events on sale in Brazil at the same time. We're not in a position to confirm anything. Venues are always an issue for us. We do have plans to bring more events than what's currently on sale but nothing official. One thing we know is there is an appetite in Brazil for live events. There's also a huge demand for television media to cover the event. We're committed for this year and years to follow to bring five events to the region. After the World Cup and Olympics, more venues will be available to us.
Jose Aldo: One step at a time. I want to focus on my fight against the Korean Zombie then we'll worry about a potential lightweight move. I don't want to take too big of a step. I respect my opponent and can't overlook him.
Lyoto Machida: I want to fight for the title. My motivation is still there and there's still motivation to win this fight, get through it and go for the title. My motivation is always high.
Phil Davis: I don't know where I fit in in the title contention picture. I just go fight by fight. I really wanted to get a finish in my last fight. If I get a finish here, it'll get me a lot further along than a loss or a win will.
Phil Davis: I brought in a couple people to get a feel for what he does. No one can really do what he does. He does it better than anybody. He has a really good certain set of skills. I don't necessarily have to find a guy like him in order to win. I just have to be on my game and be extremely good at what I do.
Phil Davis: After this fight, people will be begging for me to get a title shot. That's it.
Lyoto Machida: I believe there's a ranking and it should be followed. There's Glover Teixeira, Phil Davis. If Daniel Cormier moves down to 205, he should earn a could wins. I don't believe he should cut in line. He should earn the title shot.
Korean Zombie: Overall, there's been a big response from the mass media as well. They're more interested in MMA
Phil Davis: From the Rashad fight, I know what not to do. I didn't get beat up back then and that's always good. Not getting beat up is a big part of the game. They're two completely different fighters. They don't act alike, they don't fight alike, they don't look alike. I just need to do what I do and wrap him up.
That concludes today's call. Thanks for stopping by!