Woodley on Jedrzejczyk’s title defense: “Andrade had no answer for Joanna’s straight jab and cross. Joanna showed she was a true champion tonight.”
Stann on Alvarez vs. Poirier: “Those were illegal moves. That should be a disqualification for Alvarez and a win for Poirier. What makes me upset is that we continue to have controversy over these rules. We have to fix this.”
LOS ANGELES, CA – The following quotes and videos are from tonight’s FS1 UFC 211 POSTFIGHT SHOW on FS1 hosted by Karyn Bryant, with Brian Stann and Tyron Woodley providing analysis. Megan Olivi conducted interviews.
FOX UFC analyst Tyron Woodley on Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos: “Stipe was very patient tonight. He used his kicks to back up Dos Santos. And he put Dos Santos’ back against the Octagon. That’s where he found the opening, landed the punch and ended it.”
FOX UFC analyst Brian Stann on Miocic: “He looked absolutely fantastic. He has next level confidence. I think he’s at a different level. He believes it now. He knows how good he can be. He’s more accurate. It’s all starting to come together. When there was an opening, bam, he hit it.”
Woodley on what’s changed with Miocic: “Stipe has more confidence now. The first time he fought Dos Santos, he lost. He went back to the drawing board. This time he was patient. He slowly went after him and hunted him down.”
Stann on who is next for Miocic: “We know Francis Ngannou is coming up fast. He’s young. He can be a threat. I just don’t want to see him pushed to quickly yet. Stipe will want to take him down. I think we can see Stipe here for some time. I think he can go down on as the best heavyweight ever.”
Woodley on Miocic’s future: “He’s a better version of Cain Velasquez. He’ll be champ for a long time.”
Stipe Miocic on his improved hand speed and accuracy: “It’s my coaches. We drill it over and over. They put in so much time and effort. We look at so much film. They put in as much effort as I do.”
Miocic on if he was anticipating Dos Santos to lower his hands: “Yeah, he did it last fight too. He was trying to be elusive. I caught him with the first punch and he didn’t like it and I doubled up on it and got him.”
Miocic who’s on next: “I don’t care. I don’t pick my fights. I just want to go home and relax a little bit.”
Miocic on if he got hurt at all in the fight: “He got me with a few kicks. I checked the last one and he didn’t like that.”
VIDEO: Interview: Miocic on his title defense
VIDEO: Highlights: Miocic vs. Dos Santos
Woodley on Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade: “The fastest way between two points is a straight line. Andrade had no answer to Joanna’s straight jab and cross. Joanna showed she was a true champion and is consistently creative in the Octagon.”
Stann on Jedrzejczyk’s dominance: “She might be one of the best strikers we’ve ever seen in the Octagon. I’ll put her against anyone. If she faces Rose Namajunas next, Rose is very young in this game. She doesn’t have ten fights yet. But Rose has developed one of the best jabs and she’s now controlling the range. And if she can use her footwork and not be there when Joanna’s jab comes out, she might make it a fight.”
Woodley on Jedrzejczyk’s technique: “She was throwing her jab, then she’d back away. Then as she was getting followed, she would put a jab back out and make her opponent run into it and just land on their own sword.”
Joanna Jedrzejczyk on if she was happy with her performance: “Yes this was one of the best fights I’ve ever done. I’m 14 – 0 in MMA now. My striking is on a good level. My wrestling and jiu-jitsu is getting better. I train with the best in the world at American Top Team. I’m very happy.”
Jedrzejczyk on who’s next: “That’s my question to you. Who’s next?”
VIDEO: Highlights: Jedrzejczyk vs. Andrade
VIDEO: Interview: Jedrzejczyk is ‘very happy’ after title fight vs. Jessica Andrade
Woodley on Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal: “This fight surprised me. The way he got to the takedown is very unconventional. Jorge had some success with his kicks. But when Maia got to the position, there was no answer for it and he got the victory.”
Stann on what makes Maia so good: “Once Maia got Masvidal down, there was no escape. What he does is brilliant and he’s doing this against the best in the world. This isn’t just jiu-jitsu. This is mixed martial arts grappling and people think they can handle him and then they can’t.”
Demian Maia on Masvidal: “He was so tough. I didn’t expect it. He was dangerous. I was able to control the distance and get him down.”
Maia to Woodley on a title fight next: “I hope you give me the chance next.”
Woodley to Maia: “As we say at Roufusport: ‘They think they want us, but they don’t.’”
VIDEO: Highlights: Maia vs. Masvidal
UFC president Dana White on Stipe Miocic’s victory: “I thought Junior Dos Santos looked very good leading into the fight and Stipe absolutely crushed him and made it look easy. He looks unbelievable and keeps getting better.”
White on Jedrzejczyk’s title defense: “It was like surgery in there. She completely picked her apart. She fought a perfect fight. But there’s always someone to challenge her and come up next. We’ll see who’s next.”
VIDEO: Dana White on Miocic’s quick win, Jedrzejczyk’s title defense
VIDEO: Highlights: Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodriguez Ends
Stann on Alvarez vs. Poirier and the current rules: “Those were illegal moves. That should be a disqualification for Alvarez and a win for Poirier. Here’s the frustration. We set new rules, but we rarely use them. We go to different cities every week and the fighters have no idea what knees are allowed or what point scores we’re going by. I was in Brazil and it was a mixture of the old and new rules. Come on. We’re better than this. Decide on rules and go with them, so the athletes and referees know them. Get the rules right. What makes me upset is that we continue to have controversy over these rules. We have to fix this.”
LOS ANGELES, CA – On UFC TONIGHT, hosts Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier preview this weekend’s UFC 211 and interview champion Stipe Miocic, challenger Junior Dos Santos and strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk before their title fights. Plus, Karyn Bryant adds reports.
UFC TONIGHT host Daniel Cormier responds to Jon Jones’ recent tweet: “What is he talking about? The champ is here? The champ is right here in Los Angeles in this chair. He lost the belt when he ran that pregnant lady over and when he tested positive for steroids. You’re no champion. Sign the damn contract. Enough with these tweets.”
UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on what Junior Dos Santos needs to do against Stipe Miocic to win the fight: “For Junior, he needs to utilize his boxing and go to the body more. That was very successful for him in the first fight. Stipe got tired in that fight. He’ll also have to be perfect with his takedown defense. The longer it’s a boxing match, the better it is for him. His keys are utilizing his movement. He has to get in and get out without getting taken down. He needs to avoid the traps and not get caught against the cage, and he needs to defend the takedown.”
Cormier on how Dos Santos has improved: “In his last fight against Ben Rothwell, he looked phenomenal. He mixed everything up so much. He had Rothwell lost. He couldn’t find a pattern. I think the training at ATT was paying off. When he goes first, he’s very dangerous.”
Florian on how Miocic should adjust from the first fight with Dos Santos: “For Stipe, I see two things. First is his kicking game. Junior ducks down to throw to the body. Stipe needs to throw that lead kick to the head to counter it. And he has to throw the combos off the break, when he’s in tight.”
Cormier on how Miocic wins the fight: “He was a little overzealous in the first fight with Junior. He kind of wore himself out. You’re the man now, Stipe. There’s no reason to feel overwhelmed. That was his first big fight. He fought well. Now he needs to slow it down. He knows he’s the champ now and should take his time. He’s got to move forward, but be smart and not be overaggressive. He needs to get inside and throw combinations from the clinch. And he should find a takedown to mix up the timing of Dos Santos.”
Florian picks Miocic to defend his title: “I’m picking Stipe. I thought Stipe won the first fight. It was very close, but I think Stipe is the better guy and has learned a lot from the first fight. It’ll be a great fight.”
Stipe Miocic on what’s the biggest difference: “You and Rogan talk about it. The rub. I know I can hang with a man who beat me. I went five rounds with him and took everything he had. I know I can be the champ and hang with anyone.”
Miocic on his motivation to win this fight: “I’m fighting the last guy who beat me. The last time I lost it was to him. I want to get it back. I like winning. I want to be the champ. I like walking out with the belt.”
Miocic on Dos Santos saying he’ll finish him in two rounds: “Good for him. It’s good to be confident. But he knows it’s not going to happen. I guarantee that. He said it last time and it went five rounds. I’m completely different than three years ago. His eyes will be wide open when we get in there and I shut him down.”
Junior Dos Santos on if he got the proper attention with so many ATT fighters fighting at UFC 211: “Yes, I think so. I was looking for this. We have like nine guys fighting on this card. It’s amazing. We did a song for it. From AC/DC: ‘I’m ATT, I’m dynamite.’”
Dos Santos on if he feels this will be his last chance at a title fight: “I’m just 33 years old. I have a lot to give for this sport. I’m very confident I’m going to be champion again. I make my opportunities. I’m going to make it happen.”
Dos Santos on if Stipe is his biggest rival: “I don’t think so. He’s a nice guy. I think my biggest rival is Cain Velasquez. We did the trilogy together. But right now I’m facing the champion of the world and he deserves my attention and my respect, and the way I’m going to show it is by giving him 100 percent of my attention in the Octagon.”
VIDEO: Interview: Junior Dos Santos previews his UFC 211 fight vs. Stipe Miocic
Cormier on how Jessica Andrade can beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk: “Andrade needs to put the pressure on her. She needs to throw her punches with conviction. She thinks Joanna has a weak chin. She thinks she can’t defend the takedowns. Andrade needs to move forward. This is a very dangerous opponent for Joanna.”
Florian on what makes Jedrzejczyk dangerous: “What makes her so dangerous is when she throws a combination, she’ll throw four or five punches. Plus, she uses her elbows when she’s in close. She’ll feel the weight on her and throw the elbow. As soon as she feels her opponent moving forward, she’ll use that sharp elbow to punish her.”
Florian picks Jedrzejczyk to defend her title: “I think she’s just a better striker. She’s more experienced and she’s gone five rounds before. I’m picking the champ to stay the champ.”
Joanna Jedrzejczyk on staying the champion: “I’m happy I did this move to American Top Team because I train with the best coaches in the world and have many great sparring partners.”
Jedrzejczyk on if this is the toughest fight yet for her: “I hear that all day long. After the fight, I’ll tell you if she was the toughest opponent. She’s the challenge and my next opponent. There’s no easy fight. I don’t feel the pressure. I work hard every day in the gym. The fight is a pleasure. She’s very strong. She’s won her last three fights. She’s a challenge. She throws looping punches and goes for the high crotch takedowns. But we know that and worked on it.”
Jedrzejczyk on how hard it is being a champion: “That’s the difference. In the UFC, there are 500 fighters, but only 11 champions. Last year was crazy for the other champions, so many lost their titles. It’s easier to become the champion than to defend the belt.”
VIDEO: Joanna Jedrzejczyk previews her UFC 211 fight vs. Jessica Andrade
Cormier on the addition of the women’s flyweight division: “The UFC needs main events, so the more divisions, the more champions and you get more main events. But is the level going to be high enough to be UFC quality?”
Cormier on if there should be an interim middleweight title: “I say yes. It’s taking too long for Bisping to fight St-Pierre. Give Romero, Rockhold, Whittaker, Mousasi and other guys a chance to fight each other. That way an interim champion would be waiting for Michael or GSP for a title fight.”
Florian on if McGregor vs. Mayweather happens this year: “There’s way too much money on the line for this fight to not happen. With Floyd’s age, it needs to happen in 2017.”
VIDEO: TUF 26 to launch women’s flyweight division and crown a champion
VIDEO: Michael Johnson, Tyron Woodley, Chris Weidman in Fight Life | PROcast
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The title of “The Baddest Man on the Planet” is up for grabs Saturday, May 13, during UFC 211: MIOCIC VS. DOS SANTOS 2, headlined by the heavyweight title fight between world champion Stipe Miocic (16-2) and former champion Junior Dos Santos (18-4) in the highly anticipated rematch of the duo’s 2014 epic five-round battle. To cover the momentous event, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (@DC_MMA) joins analyst Joe Rogan (@JoeRogan) and blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) to call the UFC 211 PRELIMS on FX, as well as the Pay-Per-View main card on Saturday live from Dallas. Erik Perez (@Goyito_Perez), Mario Delgado (@mariodelgadorzm), and Victor Davila have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.
In addition, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (@TWooodley) and retired contender Brian Stann (@brianstann) work as desk analysts with host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for the UFC 211 WEIGH-IN, PREFIGHT and POSTFIGHT SHOWS from FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studios. Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviews fighters on-site.
Woodley believes this fight will be even more exciting than the last: “The first was a really good fight – a really exciting fight – so everyone is looking forward to this. These guys are both power punchers. They always put on a performance that makes you want to watch them compete.” Watch Woodley’s preview from the recent FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW here.
The two-hour UFC 211 PRELIMS on FX and FOX Deportes begin at 8:00 PM ET and feature four action-packed bouts. Former lightweight champion and current No. 3-ranked Eddie Alvarez (28-5) squares off with No. 9 Dustin Poirier (21-5), while Chas Skelly (17-2) faces Jason Knight (19-2) in a featherweight bout. No. 9-ranked middleweight Krzysztof Jotko (19-1) and David Branch (20-3) go head-to-head. Plus, Marco Polo Reyes (8-3) and James Vick (9-1) open the PRELIMS with an exciting lightweight bout.
Saturday’s coverage begins on FX (7:00 PM ET) with the UFC 211 PREFIGHT SHOW hosted by Bryant, with Woodley and Stann. The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC 211 POSTFIGHT SHOW. The UFC 211 WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place on Friday, May 12 (7:00 PM ET) on FS2 with the same studio crew.
FOXSports.com features UFC 211 preview articles leading up to the fight. On the popular FOXSports.com podcast “Fight Society,” host Damon Martin previews the fight card and interviews heavyweight champ Miocic. The podcast is available on iTunes and Soundcloud. In addition, Andy Nesbitt will be onsite for UFC on FOX Digital, interviewing fighters and adding reports. Follow @UFConFOX on Facebook and Twitter to get a look at fight week and throughout the #UFC210 fights Saturday.
Fans can live stream the UFC shows on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FS1, FS2 or FOX Deportes feeds. The shows are available on desktop at FOXSportsGO.com and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, all programs are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.
On Wednesday (8:00 PM ET, FS1), UFC TONIGHT’s Cormier and Kenny Florian preview UFC 211 and interview Miocic and Dos Santos about their heavyweight championship bout. They also catch up with strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk about her UFC 211 title defense.
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