Two years into his Octagon campaign, former WEC titlist turned UFC champion Benson "Smooth" Henderson is making life atop the lightweight rankings look easy. Power Rankings: 155 pounds »Rod Mar for ESPN.com
I don't necessarily trust him. And I don't necessarily trust the system. Do I think he's cheating? Yes I do, personally.” -- Luke Rockhold, on Vitor Belfort's usage of TRT and the UFC's drug-testing policy
I think I can [make 205] or I wouldn't have started the dieting process. I'm smaller now than I've been [in a long time].” -- Daniel Cormier
“Confidence can be a hard thing to gauge in professional sports. I was fortunate enough to cover Floyd Mayweather’s welterweight title fight last week against Robert Guerrero, and I heard plenty of positive reviews on Guerrero’s confidence.
People say he's being cocky and it's bad for the sport. I look at it as he's mentally breaking that guy. He's making him think, 'This guy is so relaxed he has his hands down.' When you're in the cage and you're very structured and tense and the guy you're in with is doing that, it can blow your mind.” -- Chris Weidman on Anderson Silva's skills
“The winner of their showdown is likely to land a 170-pound title shot if champion Georges St-Pierre and top contender Johny Hendricks settle their issues in the foreseeable future. But if a St-Pierre-Hendricks fight doesn’t materialize, Ellenberger envisions participating in a welterweight title eliminator.
Everybody in UFC is tough. But I've been building up, especially in my last fight. I have a new boxing coach [Carlos Ruffo] who focuses on my strengths and what I need to do to get better.” -- Jake Ellenberger on his improved boxing skills
“Based on his past indiscretions, many expected him to implode. Retirement, however, had a strange effect on Tyson: Instead of feeling cast adrift, he appeared ecstatic at the prospect of leaving the fight business behind. Cameos in "The Hangover" films and viral videos turned public perception around; removed from the mindset of having to try to tear a man down with his fists, there was little trace of the savage behavior that made him famous.
That'd be an awesome fight from the fans' standpoint. All the fans want to see two invincible fighters from two different weight divisions. It would be very interesting.” -- Mike Tyson on a possible Jon Jones-Anderson Silva matchup.
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