FOX Sports UFC TONIGHT Show Quotes – 11/13/13

kenny florian - ufc tonightOn this week’s UFC TONIGHTKenny Florian and guest host Daniel Cormier preview the upcoming UFC 167. Plus, Georges St-PierreJohny Hendricks and Chael Sonnen join the show for interviews and talk about their upcoming fights at UFC 167.

Georges St-Pierre on how he’ll face Johny Hendricks at UFC 167: “He has great knockout power and covers distance really well. He has great wrestling and he’s very explosive. He’s stocky and it’s hard to train for him because he’s very unique, so you can’t find training partner like him. But I believe I have the right formula to take care of business on Saturday.”

St-Pierre on being close to having the record of most time in the Octagon: “I didn’t know that. That’s good and bad. I get lots of criticism for not finishing fights, but it’s hard fighting the best In the world. I give a lot of credit to my opponents. It’s good because of the experience I have.”

For the full St-Pierre interview:

Johny Hendricks on if GSP is the best wrestler in the division: “No. I don’t think he can go into the Oklahoma State wrestling room and win a match. MMA wrestling is totally different. Guys are standing a lot taller and he has a long reach. Hopefully I can squash that this Saturday.”

Hendricks on if he’s ready to deliver an upset over GSP: “Yeah. I have a couple of things. I have the power to make people forget. I have the wrestling. I’ve wrestled all my life. I went back to Oklahoma State to train for this fight. I have everything to beat GSP and I just can’t wait to prove it.”

Hendricks on if he thinks GSP has ever faced someone his size: “No. I walk at 220 pounds, and I’ll get in the Octagon around 200 pounds. Most of GSP’s competitors get in about 185. He’s not ready for the power that I possess. I can’t wait to shock him.”

Chael Sonnen on if he’s respecting Rashad Evans too much: “I think his wins and losses speak for themselves. His record is his record. I’m not a trash talker, I’m a truth talker. If I see good things I’ll say it.”

Sonnen on if he’s flipped the switch and is ready for the fight: “I don’t think so, I don’t know if I even have that switch. Eventually they’ll call my name and I’ll walk out to the music, and when I get a standing ovation from the crowd, I’ll be ready to fight.”

Sonnen on if his typical wrestling style will work against Evans, who is also a strong wrestler: “I think it’s a hard fight. I’m going to my Plan B. My usual strategy isn’t going to work on this guy. But I’ve been around a long time and I have some things in my bag of tricks. It’s going to be one more for the bad guy.”

Cormier on what Hendricks needs to do against St-Pierre: “It’s going to be a tough fight for Johny Hendricks. It all starts with his wrestling. Hendricks is a gamer. I used to watch him wrestle in tournaments. When the lights are on, he always came and did his best work when he’s under the lights.”

Cormier on what St-Pierre needs to do in the fight against Hendricks: “He goes out there and fights his fight. He always makes you fight the fight he wants to fight. If you’re a wrestler, he’ll make you stand. But if you’re good standup guy, he’ll take you down and make you grapple with him. He’s one of the best mixed martial artists of all time because he’s probably the most well-rounded guy in all of martial arts.”

Cormier on what Evans needs to do against Sonnen: “It’s Rashad’s fight to lose. If Rashad goes out there and fights his fight, he should be good. He can’t be cautious. He can wrestle with Chael and can standup with Chael.”

Cormier on what Sonnen needs to do vs. Evans: “Chael has to go forward, get in his face, and do what he’s known for. Bring the pressure and get in his face.

UFC TONIGHT Insider Ariel Helwani on Jon Jones’ next fight: “He’ll fight against Glover Teixeira at UFC 170 in Vegas on February 22.”

Helwani on Anthony Pettis’ recent injury: “He partially tore his PCL when he fought Benson Henderson. He’s completely tore his PCL in training recently. He’s gone to see three different doctors, and he’s still going to see one more to determine if he needs surgery. If he doesn’t, he’ll be out for eight weeks, but if he does, he’ll be out for four to six months. He could be out for a long time.”

Helwani on Cub Swanson: “He’s going to elbow surgery next week and will be out four weeks.”

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