FOX Sports 1 UFC TONIGHT Show Quotes – 3/18/15

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT Preview, Plus LaFlare and Johnson Interviews on UFC TONIGHT

LOS ANGELES, CA – On UFC TONIGHT, hosts Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier break down the upcoming UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MAIA VS. LAFLARE headliner, then interview Ryan LaFlare. They also catch up with flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. Plus, Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani add reports.

UFC TONIGHT Host Daniel Cormier on what Demian Maia brings to the fight against Ryan LaFlare: “He can grapple, but he’s so much better with his standup now. Now guys have to worry about what he does on his feet. He can take you down with a body lock, use double leg takedowns and use his hands to take you down. He’s the real deal. He’s fought for the title at middleweight. He can do it all.”

UFC TONIGHT Host Kenny Florian on what Ryan LaFlare has to offer in the fight vs. Demian Maia: “Ryan LaFlare is a tremendous wrestler. It will be tough for Demian Maia to impose his will on Ryan. According to his teammate Rashad Evans, Ryan has made the biggest improvements in his training recently and is looking great.”

Florian on Maia’s keys to the fight: “Maia is an awkward southpaw. He’s one of best Brazilian Jiu-jitsu guys in the UFC. His keys are he has to vary his attack. He’s got to land the takedown and he’s got to control the top position.”

Cormier on LaFlare’s keys to the fight: “Ryan has to push the pace. He has to change levels to secure takedowns. He’s always doing something to wear on opponent. He needs to throw combinations and always be mixing it up. He has to stop the takedowns and keep it standing.”

Ryan LaFlare on if it helps that he’s already fought and won in Brazil: “Yes. I know my ADD comes to positive affect for once. I can channel all that stuff out and focus on the fight.”

LaFlare on calling out Demian Maia: “Nothing personal, he was the only one available in the top 10. He’s where I want to be. Sorry bud, got to get out of my way.”

LaFlare on training both in New York and with the Blackzilians: “My coach in New York, he made me the fighter I am today. Henry at the Blackzilians put me on another level. With all the training partners in both places, I’ve got the best of both worlds. I’m on top right now.”

LaFlare on this fight: “I’m fighting my stride. This is my coming out party. I’m going to get it done. I want to keep getting better with all my fights.”

LaFlare on how this fight ends: “It ends with my hand in the air. I’m locked in right now and I can’t see myself losing at anything.”

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UFC TONIGHT Insider Ariel Helwani on Rafael dos Anjos’ injuries: “dos Anjos is a little banged up from the fight against Pettis at UFC 185. He had his MRI on his knee and has a partially torn MCL and is out for three months. He doesn’t need surgery on it, but does need surgery on his nose and will have it next week.”

Helwani on Anthony Pettis’ injuries: “Pettis did break his orbital bone. He couldn’t leave Dallas until yesterday. He’s out for six weeks, but he’s anxious to get back in there as soon as possible.”

Helwani on Anderson Silva’s upcoming hearing in Nevada: “His team asked for an extension and it will probably be heard in April. With all these delays, it’s up in the air when he’ll fight again. His team says he’s 100 percent not retiring. He’s not done with his fighting career.”

Helwani on Clay Guida moving camps: “Clay Guida is not training at Jackson/Winkeljohn for his upcoming fight. He’s training at Team Alpha Male. The team at Jacksons says door is always open to him.”

Demetrious Johnson on his upcoming title fight against Kyoji Horiguchi: “He’s a great fighter. He uses a lot of movement and space between him and his opponent, and he covers distance fast. I need to put my hands on him get him in the clinch, take him down, try to knock him out or submit him.”

Johnson on Henry Cejudo’s performance at UFC 185: “He looked good against a tough opponent. I saw a couple of holes in his game. This is his first fight at flyweight. There are many different roads to the title. Will he take the tougher road against Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson? Probably not.”

Johnson on a super fight against TJ Dillashaw: “That’s the word on the street. Everyone wants to see that fight. I’m focused on Horiguchi. If Dana White wants that fight, I’ve mentioned the magic number and we’ll go from there.”