UFC 194 Rockhold and McGregor New UFC Champions

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Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Featherweight Conor McGregor (ic) def. José Aldo (c) KO (punches) 1 0:13 [a]
Middleweight Luke Rockhold def. Chris Weidman (c) TKO (punches) 4 3:12 [b]
Middleweight Yoel Romero def. Ronaldo Souza Decision (split) (29-27, 28-29, 29-28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Demian Maia def. Gunnar Nelson Decision (unanimous) (30-26, 30-25, 30-25) 3 5:00
Featherweight Max Holloway def. Jeremy Stephens Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Bantamweight Urijah Faber def. Frankie Saenz Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) 3 5:00
Women’s Strawweight Tecia Torres def. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Warlley Alves def. Colby Covington Submission (guillotine choke) 1 1:26
Lightweight Leonardo Santos def. Kevin Lee TKO (punches) 1 3:26
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Lightweight Magomed Mustafaev def. Joe Proctor TKO (knees and punches) 1 1:54
Lightweight Yancy Medeiros def. John Makdessi Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Court McGee def. Márcio Alexandre Jr. Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00

Bonus awards

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:

  • Fight of the Night: Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman
  • Performance of the Night: Conor McGregor and Leonardo Santos

White on McGregor moving to lightweight: “Conor would meet the winner of next week’s title fight if he moves up.”

                                                                                                           

Los Angeles – The following quotes and videos are from tonight’s FS1 UFC 194 POSTFIGHT SHOW on FS1 hosted by Jon Anik, with Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann and Michael Bisping providing analysis. Ariel Helwani conducted interviews.  

 

FOX UFC analyst Daniel Cormier on Conor McGregor: “There’s not much to say about Conor. The guy calls his shot. He goes in with his belief that he’s going to win. His power, precision and the movement. He got the knockout tonight. This is now the Conor McGregor norm. He knows what he’s doing, putting in the work. I know after tonight, no doubt everything he says is truth in his mind.”

FOX UFC analyst Michael Bisping on who he thought would win the fight between Aldo and McGregor: “Honestly, I didn’t have a clue who would win this fight. But look at what happened. He believes he’s beaten these guys before he even fights them. Aldo went forward and paid the price. Conor got in his head.”

                                                                                       

FOX UFC analyst Brian Stann on what McGregor does differently: “He’s made fun of old Muay Thai strikers and the way they train. He works on timing and precision. His striking is so successful in the sport. We’ve focused on hard pad and sparring sessions, but he works on range and striking. Conor said he was in the moment, calm and ready to go. Jose looked tense and looked like he had a lot of nervous energy. These fighters are all close in athletic ability. The main difference is mental. Mental strength is his biggest attribute.”

 

Cormier on McGregor’s different approach to this fight: “Conor changed his plan tonight. Against Mendes and Siver, we saw him run across the Octagon to get to his opponents as the aggressor. Against Aldo, he was more cautious, set a trap, let Jose overexpose himself, found his shot and got the knockout.”

 

Conor McGregor on what he was thinking all week leading up to the fight: “I’m feeling calm and composed. I was trying to embrace the moment. At the weigh-in, I didn’t want to get off the stage. I wanted to embrace every single emotion. The Irish fans came out and we broke the record again. It’s humbling for me to have them come out and support me.”

 

McGregor on visualizing the fight: “I saw the fight in my mind so many times. I had an answer for every sequence. It only takes one shot.”

 

McGregor on what’s created his confidence: “Confidence grows through work ethic. I put the work in. I believe the work is correct. I believe in my team. I don’t see a successful team and go running away from what I have.”

 

McGregor on who he wants to fight next: “I’d like to go up for the 155 pound belt. I don’t look the freshest at the weigh-in, but nobody does. I respect how Frankie got that win. I’ll meet with Lorenzo and discuss it. I like Frankie. He fights with his heart. But he wouldn’t take my shots. I’d like Croke Park and Frankie there if the UFC want it. I respect him. There’s lots of nice options so then we can make decisions. It’d be beautiful.”

 

VIDEO: Conor McGregor Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwYegxN0os0

 

VIDEO: Conor McGregor knocks out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnddcEAAzwg

     

Cormier on Luke Rockhold’s victory over Chris Weidman: “This was a great fight. Chris fought hard and showed heart. I thought the fight should have been stopped in the third. Chris Weidman has been a model champion, but he fought a guy who’s a good match up against him.”

 

Bisping on Rockhold’s advantages over Weidman: “We knew he had the advantage on the ground, but he broke him on the feet. In first round, Weidman wasn’t able to do any real offense, or get any position while on the ground. He couldn’t do anything.”

 

Stann on the turning point in the fight: “Luke took over the fight with kicks in the second round. Chris was blocking them, but it was the beginning of the end.”

  

Luke Rockhold on if he had problems with anything during the fight: “I was more concerned about the cardio. I was pretty winded. I thought I have to put the fight away pretty early. After the first round, I’ve never felt that tired.”

 

Rockhold on Weidman: “That dude is so tough, that’s why he was champ. I thought they were going to call the fight in the third. He kept coming forward to try to win the fight.”

 

Rockhold on who he’d like to fight next: “Looking at the roster, Yoel had a so-so performance, is that credible? What I would like? Vitor Belfort on a silver platter. I just want to rub it in. I’ve got to bring him down a little more.”

 

VIDEO: Luke Rockhold Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cevkcs38fvg

 

VIDEO: HIGHLIGHTS: Weidman vs. Rockhold

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I23j2W2dAs

 

UFC President Dana White on Weidman and Aldo losing tonight: “Weidman, you make one bad move and it’s over – that’s not even how he fights. That’s the sport, anything is possible. That’s what makes it so exciting.”

 

White on the state of the UFC looking good right now: “With any business, there’s peaks and valleys. Things go wrong and then they go well. We started to figure out how to fix things. We did a lot of work. We have the perfect matchmaking and the fighters have delivered.”

 

White on McGregor: “He eats pressure for breakfast. He rolled out to the Octagon smiling and was yelling out to people while Jose was walking out. It was like he was in the gym any other day. He’s so quick-witted and can handle the pressure. He said he’d take over.”

 

White on if Frankie Edgar will get a title shot at McGregor: “It’s a great fight. Conor’s coach John Cavanaugh said Conor won’t make 145 again and they’re talking about going to 155. Maybe he’ll want to fight Frankie. You never know with Conor.”

 

White on who will fight Rockhold next: “Yoel could get a shot or we could give Weidman a shot again. I don’t know right now.”

 

White on what would happen if McGregor moved up to lightweight: “I’d bring him straight for a title fight. Conor would meet the winner of next week’s fight if he moves up.”

 

VIDEO: Dana White interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy-nDX7HiuY

 

VIDEO: Dana White thought the UFC 194 featherweight title fight would end differently

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUoUWYqLYeE

 

VIDEO: Highlights: Jacare Souza vs. Yoel Romero – UFC 194 Highlights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v62jQ5ax81s

 

VIDEO:  Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOfC6c6lqdo

 

VIDEO: Highlights: Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRRx4EMLOR8

 

VIDEO: Watch Leonardo Santos knockout Kevin Lee and then jump out of the cage and sprint out of the arena in pure excitement.

http://www.foxsports.com/video/UFC?vid=585104963657

                        

VIDEO: Team McGregor and Team Aldo react to the UFC 194 knockout

http://www.foxsports.com/ufc/video?vid=585148483707

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