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Overeem’s Future, Gustafsson And SilvaDiscuss Fight, Florian Sounds Off On PEDs And A UFC 149 Fight AnnouncementTonight
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LOS ANGELES, CA – On this week’s "UFC Tonight," Host Todd Harris,Analyst Kenny Florian, and Insider Ariel Helwani discuss Alistair Overeem’sfailed drug scan and who a potential replacement would be for his title fightat UFC 146 with Junior Dos Santos. Plus, we look ahead to the Fight Night onFUEL TV in Sweden this Saturday. Alexander Gustafsson joins the show via Skypeto discuss his main event with Thiago Silva. We also have a UFC 101 with MarkMunoz, a fight announcement on UFC 149 and Kenny Florian tees off on fighterswho cheat in MMA by using performance enhancing drugs.
Quote of the Week: "UFC Tonight" Analyst Kenny Florian on PEDs inMMA: "As a clean fighter, the whole issue of performance enhancing drugsin MMA really pisses me off. This sport is about honor, technique anddiscipline. As a fighter, if you use PEDs, how does it feel good knowing thatyou won using them? Don’t do it, dummies!"
"UFC Tonight" Insider Ariel Helwani on Alistair Overeem testingpositive for elevated levels of testosterone: "Overeem tested a 14-1testosterone to epitestosterone ratio level. Nevada has a limit of 6-1. He canrequest they test another sample of his urine. If he wants to fight, he needsto appear on April 24 in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission andexplain why he tested that high to get his license. The UFC is waiting to seewhat happens on April 24 to make a decision about the fight."
Florian on Dan Henderson as a possible replacement for Overeem: "You’vegot to love Dan’s enthusiasm to fight for the heavyweight title. But thereality is Dan Henderson is a small 205, and he really should be at 185."
Florian on Mark Hunt as a possible replacement for Overeem: "Hunt is aheavy handed fighter and has a granite chin, but he hasn’t beaten the topopponents and doesn’t have the resume to fight for it yet."
Florian on Fabricio Werdum as a possible replacement for Overeem:"Fabricio Werdum is almost there. He was phenomenal against Roy Nelson.Maybe he’s a fight or two away from it."
Florian on Alexander Gustafsson: "Alexander Gustafsson is a young, talland lanky fighter with a heavy right hand. He’s a very dangerous finisher at205."
Alexander Gustafsson on fighting in his home country: "I’m super excited.I’m super motivated. There’s no pressure at all. It’s a dream come true. I’mjust doing what I love to do."
Gustafsson on if Thiago Silva’s long layoff will factor in the fight: "Ihave no idea. I’m prepared for the best Thiago – I hope it’s the best Thiago tofight on Saturday."
How Gustafsson has changed since his last loss to Phil Davis: "I’m a wholenew fighter since my loss to Phil. I’ve been learning a lot from my loss. I dothis full time now. Everything I do is MMA now. I live it, eat it and sleep it.
Gustafsson on Thiago Silva’s strengths: "He’s a really good grappler andhe’s strong from the top. I have my game plan and tactics, and I’m going to domy thing."
Florian on Thiago Silva: "Thiago Silva is a big 205. He’s a black belt inBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has some heavy ground and pound. He’s definitelylooking to finish Gustafsson and I can’t wait for the fight."
Thiago Silva on his upcoming fight with Alexander Gustafsson: "In thisfight, I’m going to fight like a true warrior. Everyone knows my style. When Igo into the cage, I’m going to do or die. I’m going to be ten times moreaggressive than anyone’s ever seen me."
Helwani on Alessio Sakara’s mindset after not fighting for two years:"It’s really good right now. It’s been a rough two-year stretch for him.He’s lost a person he considered to be his father, who was his trainer, priorto UFC 116. Then he lost to Chris Weidman, and then he tore his ACL. He’s beenon the sidelines and hasn’t won in two years. But he’s back fighting Stann, andhe feels no pressure and loves the match up."
Helwani on first Afghani fighter in the UFC: "Remember the name SiyarBahadurzada. A lot of longtime MMA fans have been waiting to see him fight. Hewas supposed to debut in January, but he broke his hand before the fight. Hetold me that growing up in Afghanistan really shaped who he is. He told me lastweek about a time when he was younger and walking with father and brotherthrough a firefight and they had to step over dead bodies. He’s one of thehardest punchers at 170."
Helwani on Dennis Siver’s move to Featherweight: "He told me recently thatguys at 155 are getting bigger and stronger, and felt he was at a sizedisadvantage. But he also told me he could move back up after this fight, sodon’t close the door at 155 yet."
Florian on Siver’s first fight at 145 against Nunes: "He has to make surehis weight cut goes well. Then he has to mix it up and keep Nunes guessing inthe fight."
Kenny on if Brock Lesnar’s legacy hurt with move back to wrestling: "Ibelieve he should be in the Hall of Fame because he’s a world champion. Everytime he fought, he brought in the biggest Pay Per View audiences."
"UFC Tonight" is the official weekly news and information show of theUltimate Fighting Championship, airing every Tuesday night at 10:00 PM ET onFUEL TV. The show is co-hosted by veteran UFC fighter and multiple titlecontender Kenny Florian and former UFC host and WEC Announcer Todd Harris.Two-time World MMA Awards Journalist of the Year Ariel Helwani adds insidernews.
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