Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, will be featured in the pay-per-view (PPV) main event of the evening against Chan Sung Jung, who stepped up on short notice when Lightweight standout Anthony Pettis had to abandon his 10-pound weight cut because he sustained an injury in training.
It's a 145-pound showdown that has 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:
Both main event competitors had a chance to speak to the media one last time at the UFC 163 press conference in Brazil (watch video replay here) before they squared off at the weigh-ins (watch video replay here). Starting off with the champion, Aldo was asked several questions ranging from fighting for his heritage and his post-fight antics.
If he feels more pressure or responsibility when fighting in his homeland of Brazil:
"I think for you to be a champion in the biggest event of the world, there's always going to be pressure. I think my camp knows how to guide me very well, I believe what my coach tells me, I do my training and I'm going to go out there and do my best. The best is always winning, so there's no pressure, really. I feel very well fighting in Rio."
On his potential celebration and if he will run to the crowd once more after a victory:
"That time, I won and ran to the crowd but now security is ready to hold me when I try. But I think I have something ready to try and jump around from the security guard - you're going to see what happens when we get there and win the fight."
The questions then shifted toward Jung, who described his travel difficulties, but is eager to come out on top:
What his reaction was when he learned he would be fighting for the title and in the champion's home of Brazil:
"I was actually woken up about the news of the fight -- I was sleeping when I first found out. To come here all the way to Rio is a difficult task. It's a very long trip but for me to come here, it helps me focus and keep my competitive fire going."
On his motivation and acceptance to take the fight in Brazil, knowing there will be a huge crowd against him:
"It was probably one of the hardest training camps of my career, but like I said earlier, as difficult as it was, I worked hard and I am ready for this fight."
The weigh-ins can be an intense sequence for mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters because they face off one last time against their foe before both athletes leave it all in the cage the following day (see staredown pic here).
Goldberg first asked "Korean Zombie" about his chances of capturing the title from "Scarface."
How he is different from his previous opponents and why he feels so confident:
"No matter what people might think, I am confident in my ability to win."
Further to his weigh-in comments, Jung spoke exclusively to Gareth Davies of The Telegraph about that same notion and how his self-confidence is at an all-time high to capture the coveted prize every fighter dreams of.
"I know a lot of people think I can do it," explained Jung. A lot of people are saying that there's no way. Generally speaking, when people say that I can't win, I can and I do. Whether it was Dustin Poirier, Mark Hominick or whoever, I have a habit of proving people wrong."
Goldberg then turned to Aldo, who believes he is in total control of his destiny.
Why he is brimming with confidence and is in such a good place, mentally and physically:
"I feel more confident because of the crowd - the crowd pushes me to go forward all of the time and I am looking for the knockout all of the time."
How "Korean Zombie" differs from the other men he has fought in the past:
"I don't care much about what he does, his training or his camp. I've trained very well in my own house here in Brazil, therefore I cannot be beaten here."
As the weigh-ins ended with strong words from the champion, we look forward to spending the card later night with you, Maniacs!
See you soon.
Remember, too, that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 163 card tonight (Sat., Aug. 3, 2013), starting with the Facebook "Prelims," which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, right on through the FX-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.