They Said What?!?! UFC 170: 'Rousey vs. McMann' edition

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sp

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters say the darndest things prior to stepping inside the Octagon. MMAmania.com looks back at a handful of UFC 170 pre-fight remarks to find out who talked the talk -- and who walked the walk -- last Saturday night (Feb. 22, 2014) at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Who backed up their words with actions and who didn't?

There sure was a lot of talking for some fighters taking part on this fight card.

UFC women's bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, didn't take too much time in disposing of Sara McMann, finishing her off in the first round by way of technical knockout.

Rousey dropped McMann with a knee to the liver and followed up with strikes, and Herb Dean had seen enough to stop the fight. McMann shot right back up, and this angered many fans since it's the second championship pay-per-view (PPV) main event that was cut short in the eyes of many because of the veteran referee's actions.

Watch "Rousey vs. McMann" video highlights here.

The co-main event was a lot more decisive, as Daniel Cormier whipped Patrick Cummins quite viciously. "DC" scored a stoppage over his former training partner and backed up his words by trouncing "Durkin" in the first round.

Watch "Cormier vs. Cummins" video highlights here.

Before all the mixed martial arts (MMA) action unfolded inside the Octagon, there were promotional appearances to generate awareness for -- and interest in -- a trip to "Sin City." Fighters said this and that, answering questions galore when all they really wanted to do is be left alone and not be bothered.

MMAmania.com does a pretty good job of passing along all the noteworthy pre- and post-fight comments for each event. But, as we've done before, let us look back at the words that left the fighters' mouths before they stepped into the cage last weekend.

Here we go:

"I do have my concerns about this pay-per-view. It's a really quick turnaround so I haven't given people the chance to miss me and it's after two huge pay-per-views. When I'm the headliner, all the pressure really does fall on me to deliver. I do worry about these things, but the number one issue in front of me is the fight. The pay-per-view is second."

The UFC 170 gate wasn't nearly as good as Dana White predicted days before the event in his media scrum with reporters, and with Rousey's PPV concerns, it's safe to say the champion had a point. The Mandalay Bay Events Center had about a dozen people present for the "Prelims," and the card didn't generate a sellout.

The "biggest star the company has ever had" can't sell out a 12,000-seat arena, but we probably could have told you that ahead of time.

"What are all the things that somebody needs to do a tight, proper armbar in the ways that she likes to set them up? And then you stop them at every single point along the way. Throw defense, and controlling the ties is something that I've done for 17 years. I'm going to come in there, guns blazing and I will literally never stop until I get what I want."

Well, it's safe to say McMann didn't get trapped in an armbar, and she did come out guns blazing.

Unfortunately for her, so did Rousey, and McMann had to stop after a minute's time because she couldn't breathe due to a knee to the liver.

It's a bitter pill to swallow, however it simply wasn't her night, despite the controversy of the stoppage.

"You know it's very upsetting because I kind of thought Patrick and I were friends, because at the time he knew everything I was dealing with. But, it's not a big deal. I'm a professional fighter and when I get in that cage I'm going to do everything that I've done every single time and that's get my hand raised. Do I want to beat him a little bit worse? Yes, I do."

Mission accomplished.

Cormier made Cummins look like he belonged nowhere else but the independent scene, beating the crap out of him in over a minute. If Cormier did that to a "friend," imagine what he would do to someone he hated? There definitely was a sense of satisfaction on Cormier's face after the fight.

And that, perhaps, teaches you to leave secrets behind closed doors.

"Someone told me the odds were pretty crazy. I would love to bet on me. I just don't have any money."

Aside from Cummins telling the world that he made Cormier cry, the coffee shop assassin really didn't belong in the cage against "DC," and the betting lines proved it. What's even worse for "Durkin?" Besides not knowing exactly what his total earnings were for the fight, he made a measly $8,000 dollars to show.

Back to the barista!

"No matter what in this sport, I will always put up my fist and always fight. I don't need to argue with you to make you an object of my emotion. Fighting's fighting. Let's not make it anything else. I don't call people out. I'm a firm believer that the right things happen at the right times. But hey, if Dana White wants me to fight for the title, I'll be there, and I'll be ready."

Jessica Eye's been getting a lot of bad press lately, but we still can't seem to find the positives for her.

She had a golden opportunity to at least convince some people she was ready for a title shot; however, her ground game was her kryptonite against Alexis Davis.

Luckily, she still got to fight after taking a "stinger" (that move where someone intentionally blows pot smoke in your mouth via their mouth), but she'll have to work her way back to the front of the line if she wants to be considered a title contender.

That's it for the pre-fight quotes of UFC 170.

For complete coverage of the event, including results, recaps and video highlights, click here.

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