Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will hold a media press conference event today (July 4, 2013) in advance of UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman," which is scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, this Saturday night (July 6).
The conference is free and open to the public, which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena (Studios A&B) and will feature the headlining fighters Anderson Silva, Chris Weidman, Frankie Edgar, Charles Oliveira, Tim Boetsch, Mark Munoz, Roger Gracie and Tim Kennedy as well as UFC President Dana White.
Silva is the current UFC Middleweight champion, having won the title from Rich Franklin back in 2006. "The Spider" is widely considered the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. He's still undefeated in the UFC today after winning a rematch against heated rival Chael Sonnen in his last title defense.
Weidman is a former collegiate wrestling All-American and has yet to be defeated or even tested to be honest. After working his way up the UFC's middleweight roster, he had a very strong 2012, defeating Demian Maia on short notice and then smashing top contender Mark Munoz with a violent second round knockout.
Injuries and a hurricane have kept him sidelined for over a year, but he was granted the title shot when every other top contender in the division dropped the ball.
Check out the UFC 162 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 2 p.m. ET.
Tim Kennedy: Business is part of fighting. I'm here to fight and put no a show. I could care less about anything else. Roger will be across from me and that's what matters.
Roger Gracie: I cannot try to think, make it right for what happened in the past. I need to concentrate and do my best in the Octagon.
Dana White: I don't even know (about how many tickets are sold)
Dana White: He's the greatest of all time. He's broken every record in the UFC. He goes out and does things other people can't do and he's doing it at 38 years old. He's massive all over the world and in Brazil. Something special happens every time he fights.
Dana White: We've got a great rest of the year, cards are stacked. We've had a much better year than last year in regards to injuries.
Chris Weidman: I'm fighting the greatest of all time. I'm expecting people to think I'll lose the fight. This is a match-up I've been wanting and I need to go get it.
Chris Weidman: When Chael got on top of Anderson, he was stressed out. When I get on top, there's no reason to rush. I'll be more calculated with everything I do.
Chris Weidman: I don't go out there to try and not get tired. If I'm working hard, the other guy's working hard and he's going to break before me.
Chris Weidman: Obviously he was taken down a bunch of times in that fight and that's something I want to do. I'm gonna be Chris Weidman and not Chael Sonnen and I think that's going to be a more devastating match-up for him than Chael Sonnen was.
Mark Munoz: It means the world to me to be back right now. I had a lot of adversity going into that fight with Weidman. You'll see an updated version of me. I don't put that much pressure on myself at all. We're professional athletes and you'll see the best version of me.
Mark Munoz: I was going through some depression. It was a bad year. I don'd do PED's but man I eat. I was like Fat Bastard on Austin Powers. I ate because I was sad and I was sad because I ate. I looked in the mirror and was stunned. I called my trainer and we did everything, grass fed, all hard work. Now I'm in the best shape of my life and I'm ready to get back.
Dana White: I love giving the Fight of the Night bonuses. Before a decision like that is made, we're gonna talk to the fighters about it before something like that.
Dana White: These are the lowest odds Anderson Silva's fought with in a long time and a lot of fighters think Chris Weidman is the one to win this fight.
Anderson Silva: This is normal, just another day of working.
Anderson Silva: It's great to have a healthy competition between the Americans and Brazilians. The Americans are pulling for Weidman. Today is a big day for America and we're supporting the event
Charles Oliveira: It's a pleasure to be fighting Frankie Edgar. I was very happy when I found out I had this fight.
Roger Gracie: The Gracie family has such a history in the UFC. Finally being a part of it is a special feeling for me. I'm hoping to keep up with the legacy.
Dana White: I have a lot of respect for the Gracie family. None of would be here if it wasn't for them. It's always special to when a Gracie is on the card.
Frankie Edgar: Hopefully a win will get the ball rolling.
Dana White: Even when Oscar De La Hoya used to fight, especially as a fighter keeps getting older, everyone keeps asking when will he show up and look 38? Many people respect Chris Weidman. When people talk about Chris the way he's been talked about, the oddsmakers have to listen.
Dana White: 12,400 tickets have sold. We've had a 4.2 million dollar gate.
Chris Weidman: John Danahar made things special. He works with GSP and everything was very structured day by day. It was specific towards Anderson Silva and I brought guys in for him, to emulate his style.
Anderson Silva: The boy had a hip problem. I was at my dentist and he said to meet this child. Our physical therapist worked with him and he's able to walk so he's healed.
Mark Munoz: I'm actually 192 right now. The weight cut is going to be awesome. I'm sweating right now. This cut has been amazing. The best cut I've ever had by far in any competition in wrestling and in mixed martial arts. I'm ready. He's definitely going to see the best version of me and I'm looking forward to seeing the best version of him as well.
Tim Boetsch: The only thing that matters is the outcome Saturday night. We both have a lot to prove. I'm looking to finish the fight early. I hope he's conditioned and ready to push the pace. Let's get things done. No issues at all. I'm ready.
Anderson Silva: I think it's just the happiness of being here and being able to do my job. I think old age is in everyone's head.
Anderson Silva: I think when you do something you're loving, the results can be expected like this. I'm so happy to represent my sport and be among so many idols. I'm so happy to do what I love to do.
That's a wrap, folks. Thanks for stopping by!