This Saturday I was fortunate to cover UFC 205 live from Madison Square Garden. The event resulted in the highest grossing sporting event in the history of the arena. Below are some of the best quotes following the undercard bouts at UFC 205. Don't forget that UFC comes to the Times Union Center Friday December 9th for Fight Night.
Liz Carmouche def. Katlyn Chookagian via Split Decision.
Liz Carmouche: “It feels amazing to pick up the first ever UFC victory in New York City! I didn’t anticipate the takedowns coming as easily. I really wanted to stand and bang with her but the takedowns came natural and I decided to exploit that. When Katlyn landed the kick in the 3rd round, I was worried. I didn’t feel like the fight would be stopped but I knew it might sway the judges. I am very happy to be back and want to get back to work soon. I’ll take anybody in the division!”
Jim Miller def. Thiago Alves via unanimous decision.
Jim Miller: “For me, it was so special to be fighting here in Madison Square Garden. There is so much history here and winning inside this arena is a dream come true. I really thought Thiago brought it tonight. He’s been in there with some of the best there is and I think we put on a great show for the fans. I want the Fight of the Night bonus! Just getting to compete was an honor but, with what we did in there, I think we earned it and it would be just a little sweeter to pick up the bonus. My plan is to stay active. I still have a lot I want to do in the Octagon so I’m going to rest up and get right back to it!”
Vicente Luque def. Belal Muhammad via first-round knockout (strikes).
Vicente Luque: “I didn’t see the night ending that early, but it is New York and I got a late opportunity to be here so I knew I was going to put everything I had out there. Belal Muhammad is one of the toughest guys in our division so I was prepared to go all three rounds but I got it done in one and it just doesn’t get better than that! Performing like this in Madison Square Garden is the most special thing ever to me. I was born in New Jersey and I’ve been to New York City many, many times so this is a really special moment to me. I want and deserve a Top 15 opponent. Anyone in the rankings. I would love to face a great striker to put on a show, but I’m ready for whoever comes next!”