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Sunday, Dec 29, 2013

UFC 168: Weidman and Rousey Discuss Their Title Defense Victories

UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman

By FCF Staff

UFC 168 featured two title fights of course, as the event saw middleweight champ Chris Weidman, and women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defend their titles.

Weidman recorded his second stoppage victory over Silva, while Rousey once again tapped out Miesha Tate with an armbar. In the post-fight, FOX Sports 1 programming, here is some of what the champions had to say about their victories.

Weidman on his leg check: “Ray Longo broke someone’s leg in the gym like that. I’ve been working on getting the knee on the shin to stop the leg kicks. It’s one of those things, you want to make them pay for it, but you don’t want to break it.”

Weidman on how he felt in the Octagon: “I felt good out there. There was nothing he was going to do to surprise me. I had a lot of tools over him.”

Weidman on his knee injury: “It’s probably a torn meniscus or some cartilage. I felt great in the fight. I’m not making any excuses. But I’ve got to go see some doctors to check it out. I might have to get it scoped, but I’m ready to get in there.”

Rousey on Tate: “I respect her as a fighter. She did an amazing job tonight. But I can’t shake her hand until she apologizes to me and my team for what she said.”

Rousey on getting the victory: “My worst habit is that I’m used to five-minute rounds in Judo, and I’m always in a rush. In the third round, I thought I could be more patient and take my time and find my shots. When I went slower I could see things open up and made it happen. I slowed it down and I’m happy it went a little longer this time.”

Rousey on getting booed by the crowd: “I went to 30 different countries for judo and got booed everywhere. Getting cheers is something new. I’d rather be the heel. Everyone talks about the Joker and not Batman. Gotham City needs the bad guy for the good guy to shine. I take the role that is needed for every situation and every fight is different.”


posted by FCF Staff @ 3:11 pm
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