Los Angeles – UFC TONIGHT was hosted by Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier with Karyn Bryant adding reports. The crew interviewed featherweight champion Max Holloway, plus lightweight contenders Justin Gaethje and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
UFC TONIGHT is the official weekly news and information show of the Ultimate Fighting Championship on FS1. Veteran UFC fighter and multiple title contender Kenny Florian, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and veteran combat sports journalist Karyn Bryant bring you all the news and analysis.
On Jose Aldo’s recent remarks about being ready for this fight: “He’s in for a fight. He’d be talking that I felt his power last time. Well, last time, he felt my power. He was the one who got knocked down.”
On what he learned in the first fight with Jose Aldo: “I learned he was explosive, strong. I learned he’s a cool guy. But at the end of the day, we’ve got to punch each other in the face again and I’m excited for it.”
On preparing for Aldo’s leg kicks: “We were focusing on the first one. He only did one, because when he does it, I cracked him. He keeps talking about his leg kick game. I hope he does. I want to fight the best Aldo ever and hope there are no excuses. He says he’s training boxing, so let’s it see Saturday.”
VIDEO: Max Holloway Interview
On title shot: “The biggest factor is how you win. If I finish him as violent as I want to and as quick as possible, it would help. I’m taking a step in the right direction. I’ve got to focus on him. He’s dangerous and I can’t look past him.”
On if his violent fighting will shorten his career: “I’m not planning on being around that long. I’m planning on six or eight more and I’m out.”
On if he’d coach THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER again: “I would, preferably not right after a fight. I loved it. Before I started coaching them, I was in their same position four or five days before that. I learned as much from them as they did from me.”
VIDEO: Justin Gaethje
On fighting Edson Barboza at UFC 219: “He’s very good on his feet. He has very good kicking. But, he has to worry about a lot of things from me. My boxing, wrestling, my pressure, my top control. I only have to stop his kicks. I don’t think he’s my toughest opponent.”
On still wanting to fight Tony Ferguson: “I think he wants to move on. But fans still want this fight. The UFC wants to make this fight. We can sell a lot of PPV. When I beat Edson, I’m going to fight Tony. He knows it.”
On missing weight in the past: “I’ve changed a lot of things. My diet, everything. One month before the fight, I’m excited. About making weight, showing I can make weight.”
VIDEO: Khabib Nurmagomedov Interview
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