UFC 83 post-fight quotes

Written by Tim Ngo
April 20th, 2008

All of the winners got their chances to speak after UFC 83: Serra vs. St-Pierre 2, and 5thRound.com has you covered with what the fighters had to say.

Rich Clementi

“He actually hurt me twice with two body punches in the third round.”

“I thought I was going to be able to finish it in the first round, but he’s been working hard.”

“The one thing I think I showed tonight, between Melvin [Guilliard], Anthony Johnson and Sam Stout, I can stand with the best of them.”

Cain Velasquez

“I just tried to stay in a good position and just ground-and-pound him.”

“To end it in the first round feels pretty good.”

Jonathan Goulet

“I got dizzy you know and he rocked me, everybody saw [it]. I didn’t go out, but I fell on the ground a little. He did a good job to try and finish me but he got too excited.”

“My experience [allowed] me to be careful, I tried to defend myself always [moving] because the referee yelling ‘only 10 seconds’. I was trying to move to let him think that I wasn’t out.”

Damien Maia

“He was tired too so once you save your energy, make one shot at the right time.”

“When he went down he was out by the triangle, then I punched a little bit but he was out.”

Jason Day

“I knew he was going to go for the take down. He said ‘everything that I needed to know was in the Louiseau fight’, as soon as he got high I was like ‘okay take me down and let me see what you got’.”

“I kind of see his knees wobble when he kind of stood back, that’s when I knew ‘let’s go for it’. The ref start yelling ‘protect yourself’, that’s when I hit him in the liver and kind of bent him over and he didn’t do anything so I just laid it on.”

Jason MacDonald

“I wasn’t able to finish and he popped out of that guillotine and my poor arm was just tired for going for that guillotine.”

“He was able to snatch it up and go for that kimura and he was close. It was close but my Jiu-Jitsu pulled through.”

“I probably hit him with like 4 or 5 hard elbows and he went limp, his head fell down, I thought he was out. He was out and I thought Steve [Mazzagatti] stopped it and I let up and Steve was still standing there, so I gave him a couple more for good measure.”

“I’m trying to put together some quality wins to try and get back to that #1 contender spot.”

Mac Danzig

“I knew it was going to be like that. People counted him out, they said he [Mark Bocek] had ‘no chance’, and I knew how tough this guy was. I mean he trains full-time just like all of us. He’s been black belt Jiu-Jistu for longer then I’ve been fighting pro.”

Nate Quarry

“I think if you’re fighting in the UFC, you’ve got to come to fight and I would much rather get knocked out than lose a decision running backwards.”

“And no disrespect to Kalib, I know that the stress really gets to you and a lot of guys focus on not wanting to lose instead of wanting to win.”

“I knew that he keeps his legs planted so I was able to land quite a few solid ones [leg kicks], that was definitely apart of the plan.”

Michael Bisping

“He [Charles McCarthy] was covering up well, but that’s all he could do.”

“His tactic was to cover up and let me commit to my combinations.”

“As soon as I hit him with one [a knee], I knew he was hurt and I knew it was only a matter of time then.”

“When the bell went at the end of the round, I was little annoyed because I thought ‘I got it man, this is my time, there’s no way he’s turning this fight around’, and then the bell went of course but then Charles couldn’t get up.”

Rich Franklin

“We looked at a lot of tape of Lutter prior to the fight and I was banking on the fact that my conditioning would pay dividends. I felt great at the end of the 1stRound going back to my corner.”

“He had given me the best that he could offer and had come up short. I knew at that point that he had expended some energy and I didn’t expend any energy trying to get off the bottom.”

“This was my first fight after the loss [to Anderson Silva], and I was asked this question earlier tonight my plan for the future is another fight and another win. I would love to eventually make my way back up for the 185-lbs. title but I gotta focused on the next 200-feet in front of me.”

“It would have been nice to put somebody like Lutter on my repotoire of ground-and-pound or submission, but stick to the gameplan, do what I needed to do.”

“I messed up in the beginning and let him get the takedown against the fence, that’s exactly what we worked not to happen.”

“When that kick landed and he started wobbling, I knew that it was it beginning of the end. I just didn’t want to get careless on the ground.”

Matt Serra

“Well the Georges tonight kicked my ass, is that what you’re trying to say?”

“Georges was great man, we thought he might try to do that but he was real explosive, he was strong.”

“I was hoping he would get tired of hitting me.”

“Everytime I rolled back, he’d tried to answer with a strike and that was pretty much the routine that was going down.”

“When the ref jumped in and I told him ‘what’s up’ and he said ‘no that’s enough’ what am I going to do?”

“Yeah that’s something that I’d definitely be up for [fighting Matt Hughes].”

“We had our suspicions, but we didn’t think he’d be like that… Gunshy, but it worked for him so what can I say?”

Georges St-Pierre

“I had a lot of pressure on my shoulders, it’s true. I had a hard time sleeping but I always have a hard time sleeping before a fight.”

“I’m not a coward, I’m not a chicken, I stepped into the Octagon and did my job.”

“I have many coaches, but the main coach the maestro is Greg Jackson.”

“This one was for myself. The first time I won the title, I couldn’t believe it.”

“When I lost it [the title], it was terrible for me.”

“It’s not the belt that’s important to me, it’s the meaning of what it is. The souvenir that I have in my head, in my heart. The feeling that I had tonight when I won, that’s the most important thing for me.”

“I couldn’t wish for a better scenario honestly, it’s like a dream, it’s amazing, but I realized it and I know what happened and I’m going to work even harder to stay there.”

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