UFC 214 takes places at the Honda Centre in Anaheim, California this evening as Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones face off for the second time in their long-storied rivalry.
Jim Edwards of MMAUNO.com is on the ground backstage this evening. Keep checking back here for updates and interviews from the backstage area.
Dober defeats Burkman via knockout at 3:04 of the 1st round
“The keys to my last couple victories have been position, getting in the right spot in the fight and unleashing the beast. I watch video of myself so that I can come into each fight better than the last. I’m showing what I’m capable of and I want to continue that motion.”
Brooks defeats Shelton via split decision
“I think the takedowns I got were the difference. I really had Octagon jitters. I said that it wasn’t going to happen, but it was for real. The UFC jitters are for real and just the process of everything is crazy. My next time out fans will see a lot more striking and a lot more versatility out of me. Eric is a hell of an opponent; he’s a future contender just like myself and hopefully we’ll meet again someday for a belt. I’m probably thinking Magomed Bibulatov or Ben Nguyen are next.”
Albu defeats Curran via unanimous decision
Alexandra Albu was transporteredd to the hospital for precautionary reasons and was unavailable for comment
Kattar defeats Fili by unanimous decision
“I really put my faith in my team, my coaches and my management. We all jumped at the opportunity, Andre is a tough kid and I took the fight on two weeks’ notice. I had a great camp and I’m glad I got the job done. I had to check my weight, but I know that opportunity waits for no one. When the UFC calls, you have to answer. I’m really glad we took the fight and made the best of it, because here we are now. That was on short notice, I want someone higher in the rankings next. Imagine what I can do on a full camp.”
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Ortega defeats Moicano via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:59 of the 3rd round
“It felt good to be back. I’m not going to lie, I felt a little bit nervous. I had a year layoff and I’ve been watching the featherweight rankings change. Guys are going up and down, there are new guys in the division and I was thinking that since I’d been gone for a year I hadn’t been training as hard as the other professional athletes in the top-10. I put in a hard four months once I was fully recovered and I felt that was enough and it was tonight. His heart surprised me. He’s got heart and he’s got a good poker face. A lot of people that I’ve fought I can see them, through their eyes, they give out and this guy looked like he was on fire all night. I kept telling myself not to be fooled and that he was more tired than I was. He took me down and I took advantage of it.”
“I don’t know who is going to give me the challenge, that just comes naturally in this game. I don’t care who you are, there comes a point in your career that you must take a defeat. Every fight I come in thinking ‘This is it’ and I fight my heart out to not let it be it. It’s the nature of the sport and it’s a learning experience. All of this is my journey in the mixed martial arts world, as a martial artist and a professional fighter.”
Sterling defeats Barao via unanimous decision
“I made a mental mistake and timed a kick wrong in the first round and he was able to capitalize, he’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, he’s a former world champion and his resume speaks for itself. I overcame adversity, I picked it up in the second and third round in a big way and I felt him break in there in the second round when I had him on his back. My shots landed and I felt the steam deflating out of him. Cody Garbrandt has said I’m overrated and Bryan Caraway keeps running away from me. I want a fight with one of them.”
Lamas defeats Knight via TKO at 4:34 of the 1st round
“I wasn’t surprised he didn’t go down sooner. I knew he had heart, I’ve seen him fight before. I know that kid keeps coming no matter what you throw at him. I had to keep going, I saw it in his eyes that he wasn’t there and I had to stay on him. I approach every fight the same. I don’t get involved emotionally in the fight. This is all business for me, I’m an athlete and I come to perform and you have to have a clear mind to do that. This was a really long, hard camp for me being away from my kid. I hated every second of it, so the next thing for me is going to be concentrating on opening my UFC Gym in Naperville, Ill. As soon as I get that settled, we’ll see about the fighting.”
Oezdemir defeats Manuwa via knockout at :42 of the 1st round
“I think my entry to the UFC is kind of unique. Before this fight no one knew me, I came from nowhere. People were always doubting me and each fight I prove them wrong – I really like it. It drives me and gives me a challenge when I’m able to do this. Manuwa was supposed to be fighting the winner of the main event and this fight and I think I deserve the shot next. I put on a really good performance and that’s three in a row against top-10 guys, so yeah, I think I deserve the shot.”
Lawler defeats Cerrone via unanimous decision
“I came out fast in the first round because I thought if I got on top of him, I could stop him. Obviously, that didn’t happen. He showed a lot of toughness and a lot of grit. Hats off to him. I’m going to go visit my buddy Matt (Hughes) and make sure he’s alright and he’s continuing to fight and then I’ll get back to work.”
Cyborg defeats Evinger via TKO at 1:56 of the 3rd round
“I don’t have the words to say. I want to thank the fans for coming here and watching me; Cyborg nation forever. A lot of things happened in my career, but before I was just crazy inside the cage and now I’m learning fighting. I have calmed down. I’m very happy to be world champion and I think this is the perfect time because I think I’m at the top of my career now. I’m really happy. Thank you to my team, to Dana White for giving me this opportunity, my friends and family. I’m going to make great fights inside this Octagon.
Woodley defeats Maia via unanimous decision
“I’m willing to win fights and when it’s someone that is a freestyle fighter then I’m going to go in there and take their head off. When it’s someone that’s a jiu-jitsu master, every time I threw a hook and punch he was in on my legs. Granted, I had some NCAA Div. I All-American wrestling defense to get him off my legs, but this is my second specialist in a row. It would be silly for me to take him down and try to submit him. I went out there and did what I needed to do.
“For me, the exciting part was that he’s won seven fights in a row, he’s been able to take down all of his opponents, he’s been able to get on 90-percent of their backs. He didn’t take me down one time, he didn’t even come close. I wasn’t breathing hard the end of the fight, I feel amazing. I was satisfied with my performance; not everyone is going to understand what is taking place in there. It’s a chess match and I won it convincingly.”
“I would like to fight Georges St-Pierre. There’s no other fight that makes sense for me to fight at this point. There’s no other clear contenders, there are a lot of guys that are like one win, one loss. I think if he’s coming back he should fight me. That’s a fun fight. That’s a fight I get excited to fight for. Hopefully we can do that November 4 at Madison Square Garden.”
Jones defeats Cormier via knockout at 3:01 of the 3rd round
“Big thank you to all MMA supporters and the fans around the world for all the love and support. Thank you to everyone who supported me throughout this long process. I’m going to do my best to be the champion that you guys deserve to have. Daniel Cormier has been one of the biggest sources of motivation I’ve had in the last two-three years and I thank him for that and for pushing me to a higher level.”