What’s on the mind of the stars of UFC 201 tonight?

July 30, 2016


What’s on the mind of the stars of UFC 201 tonight?

Atlanta – As fight night approaches, here is what the stars of UFC® 201: LAWLER vs. WOODLEY had to say leading up to their Saturday night matchups:

Robbie Lawler: “The thing is, no one ever wants Fight of the Night. Every fight I’ve gone in, I want Knockout of the Night. I want to be in and out quick. Sometimes, these guys just have a lot of grit. They’re highly trained and I just can’t get them out of there so I get fight of the night. I want to knock people out.”

Tyron Woodley: “I was training up in Milwaukee and I asked Anthony Pettis what it was like when Dana White walked behind him and wrapped the belt around his waist for the first time. I could see Anthony go back to that exact moment in time and relive that moment. I feel like I’m the best welterweight in the world. I possess the skills and I know I’m the best in the world so I might as well go grab that belt.”

Rose Namajunas: “The 115-pound division is stacked. I’m not looking past Karolina, but Joanna is the woman and I would love that challenge. A lot of people think Joanna is untouchable and I’d love to be the one to prove people wrong and that I can be the best in the world.”

Karolina Kowalkiewicz: “I feel great, I can’t wait. I trained hard like I always do, but I learned new things in my camp also. This is amazing to be the co-main event; the people in the United States might not know who I am right now, but after this fight they’ll remember my name.”

Matt Brown: “The belt doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re the best in the world and my goal is to be the best in the world. If you are the best, you’ll probably end up with the belt at some point, but what the belt does is make you more famous and earn you more money. But, my goal is just to be the best there is, if that leads to the belt great. If not, that’s okay too.”

Jake Ellenberger: “My preparation for this fight has been extremely intense. I’ve been very focused and my approach was really intense. Pressure has been a key for me in this camp and in my preparation.”

Francisco Rivera: “My goal in a fight is always to get in and get out – one punch and done. I don’t like going out there and getting into these wars and I don’t like getting choked out. After the (Brad) Pickett fight I dropped out of the rankings, but I felt like I won that fight. I know I need to come out here and get the win on Saturday night, get back in the rankings and then hopefully fight a top-10 or 15 guy next.”

Erik Perez: “We (Rivera and I) both need to win this fight. I was in the rankings before Francisco was and this is my opportunity to get my name back to the top again. We both really need this win and I am going to go out there and leave all of my passion and all of my heart in the Octagon. I’m going to finish the fight and impress people. I want to go in the rankings so I need to finish the fight. Francisco Rivera has the name and the power to put me there and if I finish him you can’t deny me.”

UFC® 201: LAWLER vs. WOODLEY will be available live on Pay-Per-View on Saturday, July 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Vubiquity, and in Canada on BellTV, Rogers, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Canal Indigo for a suggested retail price of $49.99 US/CAN for Standard Definition and $59.99 US/CAN for High-Definition.



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