The time for talking will soon be over.
UFC 175: "Weidman vs. Machida" takes place TONIGHT (Sat., July 5, 2014) from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring two title fights on the pay-per-view (PPV) main card.
Chris Weidman defends his middleweight championship against Lyoto Machida in the main event, as "All American" looks for his second successful title defense after defeating former division kingpin, Anderson Silva, in back-to-back bouts.
Weidman is so far perfect (11-0) in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, and has only gone to a decision three times. Meanwhile, Machida is currently 4-1 in his last five fights, and this will be his fourth championship bout inside the Octagon.
In the co-main event, Ronda Rousey looks to make it 10-0 in her short career by beating Canadian Alexis Davis. "Rowdy" has defended her women's bantamweight championship four times in Strikeforce and UFC.
Now that the fighters who are taking part in this event finished off a week of media appearances and successfully made weight (see the staredown pics here), it's time for their "Last Words," before the time for talking is over and fists start flying.
Below are some of Weidman's thoughts, as they picked the champion's brain ahead of his battle against "The Dragon."
How the weigh-in and preparation was different from his last two fights against Silva:
"I dreamt about fighting Anderson Silva since I got into this sport. So, it's kind of crazy to move past that, because I always felt like that was my main goal for such a long time. But as soon as I got done with the second fight with Anderson Silva, right away I had different goals, and Lyoto Machida is the guy I gotta beat to get those goals."
If he will finally get the respect he deserves if he finishes Lyoto Machida:
"If I finish him off, I think I'll definitely get more respect, but there's still going to be a lot of haters out there, regardless. Especially that I beat Anderson Silva; he's one of the greatest of all-time, beating a legend like that...you get a lot of people that kinda hate you, and Lyoto Machida brings a lot of fan base and he's a legend himself. So, I'm beating a lot of legends in my last two fights...I have a lot of haters."
UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan asked his habitual questions to the fighters, fresh off the scales for their respective fights, and first up were the co-main event combatants. The podcaster and comedian focused on the challenger first.
What she thinks about the opportunity to challenge Rousey for the title:
"This is an incredible opportunity. Obviously, Ronda already proved that she should be here, so it's me that has to prove myself tomorrow night. It's me that's got to push the pace, it's me that's got to come out fighting."
The focus then shifted toward Rousey, who drew mixed reactions.
What defending the title on Fourth of July weekend means to her:
"Wow, this is the biggest weigh-in I've ever been to. Stakes have never been higher for me, and to actually be on the Fourth of July in Vegas, a place where I've had all my best fights, I mean ... listen to the sound in here! Boo that or cheer that, as long as you're the loudest for me. That's all I want."
The attention turned to the main event fighters, and the crowd was quite divided when it came to their favorites. Up first was Machida, who was incredibly calm while being interviewed by Rogan.
On looking spectacular in the middleweight division and what the main event means to him:
"I feel ready. 185 is a good division for me, and I will put a great performance tomorrow."
The champion then had his turn to speak, who received lots of love and lots of hate.
His thoughts on Machida and what the fight means to him:
"He's had the belt before. He's a very dangerous opponent. He wants the belt back for him and his family, and I'm not giving him the belt. So, it's going to be a really good fight, and I'm going to get the finish."
That just about does it.
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