Unfortunately for fight fans, a live stream of the “UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami” post-fight press conference was not made available. No worries, because we’ve got the presser’s key points to ensure you’re in the know.
UFC president Dana White didn’t announce the attendance or live gate for the show inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
White awarded Edson Barboza and Ross Pearson with ‘Fight of the Night’ and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira with ‘Knockout of the Night’ honors. Each took home an extra $100,000 for their efforts.
White stated he would come back to Brazil every weekend if he could. He professed it was the loudest UFC event he had ever attended during his 10-year tenure.
White claimed it’s getting to a point where a mega-fight between middleweight champ Anderson Silva and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is starting to “make sense.” However, he added there are a couple of more opponents left for each to face before it happens.
White doesn’t know what stadium is going to be able to host the blockbuster scrap when it does go down.
Silva wouldn’t comment on who he wanted to fight next, except his “clone.”
When questioned about Chael Sonnen, Silva jokingly shook his head and acted as though he was scared.
White was asked who should be Silva’s next opponent and Forrest Griffin chimed in stating, “He should have to fight two guys.”
Okami was sent to the hospital immediately after the TKO loss and didn’t attend the presser.
White said Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is back in the light heavyweight title mix after knocking out Griffin in the co-main event.
Griffin admitted he didn’t want to be there because his wife is expecting their first child. He refused to use it as an excuse, but will take Pepto Bismol with him the next time he’s asked to return to Brazil.
White thanked Griffin for taking the fight and said he’s flying him back home immediately to be with his wife.
Nogueira was sporting a smile from ear-to-ear. He admitted he was nervous before the fight. So much so that he didn’t want to look into the stands.
Big Nog credits health for his performance. He’s been injured the last couple of years, but is finally feeling good.