In just a few hours, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will go live from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with UFC 165, which takes place at Air Canada Centre, marking the fourteenth Canadian mixed martial arts (MMA) event in the promotion's existence.
A second championship showdown is on the main card, too, as Brazilian powerhouse Renan Barao defends the Interim Bantamweight belt against the first-ever World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) 135-pound strap-hanger, Eddie Wineland,
It's a 205-pound showdown and a 135-pound barnburner that both have the potential to deliver explosive fireworks. But, before the action commences and the time for talking is over, both main event fighters shared some brief "Last Words."
Check them out:
UFC Countdown/Preview Interviews (before weigh-ins)
Before the champion and challenger weighed-in (see weigh-in pic here), both Jones and Gustafsson provided the public with a few quotes from the UFC studios on their opponent (see weigh-in video here). First up, was the champion, who can make history tomorrow night by beating Tito Ortiz's title defense record.
On his opponent and what he brings to the table:
"He's never fought anyone like me before, I embrace the whole art about mixed martial arts. The truth of the matter is he's never faced anything close to me."
Gustafsson seems ready to bring the title back to Sweden and is not buying into the champion's proven status as one of the world's greats.
On his opponent being superior and more successful than him:
"Everybody has weaknesses, everybody bleeds, so it doesn't matter. I know I belong here, that belt is mine. If there's anybody I'm going to beat for the belt, it's him."
Barao, who is 30-1-(1) and has not suffered defeat since his career debut, weighed in on the words of his opponent, Wineland, who boasts about his own punching power and thinks the Brazilian will eventually find out how dangerous it is.
On Wineland's remarks about Barao finding out about his striking in the cage:
"He can say whatever he wants. On fight night, we'll see who's faster and stronger."
On where he thinks he is better:
"I've seen some of his fights. He's a tough fighter, hard to beat. He's a good standup fighter and he moves pretty well. I think my boxing is better than his. I also think I have better kicks than he does."
The weigh-ins can be an intense sequence for MMA fighters because they face off one last time against their foe before both athletes leave it all in the cage the following day.
All main card fighters made weight, as both Jones and Gustafsson engaged in a staredown before talking briefly with Joe Rogan about their fight.
Rogan asked both competitors about the fact that Gustafsson has been the opponent who has the closest reach and height to the champion than anyone he has ever faced.
On how much of a factor his reach and his tallness plays into this fight:
"It's not factor at all. It's all going to go down to who's been working the hardest. I want that belt tomorrow."
Up next, was the champion who got a mixed reaction, and gave his take on the same question.
On how much of a factor reach and tallness play into this fight:
"It shouldn't all, man. This sport is all about intelligence and the way you approach this game. I am so ready and excited to prove height doesn't mean that much."
Fox Sports interviews:
FOX Sports 1 correspondent Ariel Helwani caught up with Jones directly after the weigh-ins to ask him some last-minute questions about his opponent and his third title defense in the Great White North.
On why he never looks his opponent's in the eyes at weigh-ins:
"The guy never insulted my family, it's really not that personal. This fight for me is about greatness, it's about victory, it's about setting a record, it's about being dominant -- it's not about Alexander Gustafsson at all."
On why his record is so important to him:
"It's important just because you don't get the chance to be the best at something very often. To really set myself aside from Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell, it's just very important to me, my family and my coaching staff. We feel like this is a celebration to us."
Helwani then caught up with Bantamweight challenger, Wineland, and the focus shifted toward the 135-pound title fight and Wineland's position in the division.
On if he feels disrespected that the majority of people talk about Barao vs. Dominick Cruz:
"Not disrespected -- I know everybody's looking past me and not expecting me to win. So when I beat this guy, when Barao vs. Cruz is no longer -- then you've got to look at Wineland vs. Cruz and that's what I'm looking at."
On where he thinks he is better than the champion:
"I think I'm better than him on the feet, I think I'm better than him mentally and I think my wrestling is better than his. I'll give him the ground game; his grappling is better than mine but his wrestling is not better than mine."
That's it -- the time for talking is finally over. It's not time to let the fists -- and kicks -- start flying.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 165 event of fight night, starting with the Facebook "Prelims," which are scheduled to being at 6 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1-televised under card bouts at 8 p.m. ET and then main card PPV action, which is slated to begin at 10 p.m. ET.