PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Casino/EliteXC
The following are photographs from the final EliteXC “Renegade” press conference for this Saturday night's show airing live on the Showtime premium cable channel (with the prelims airing live on ProElite.com on the internet).
Credit for the photos goes to Tom Casino and EliteXC.
First up is the pose-down between top Middleweight combatants on the live TV card, Jake Shields and Mike Pyle.
Kimbo vs. Bo Cantrell live on Showtime this Saturday …
Diaz & Noons battle for the EliteXC 160 lb. title …
Kimbo and promoter Gary Shaw arm-wrestle …
Final quotes from those pictured above:
“The time is getting near for me being able to do what I really like to do, and that’s fight. I am definitely ready to fight somebody.
“It’s not that I dislike doing interviews, but it is something I need to learn to get used to and get more comfortable doing. It is not personal. I am just trying to focus on my fight and trying to avoid distractions. But I know doing interviews before a fight is part of my job.
“This fight is not just about me. It is for my team that has worked so hard to get me ready. Of course, I wish it was Saturday now. I am definitely ready to hit somebody.”
“I am not intimidated at all. This is not my first rodeo. This is more than a fight; it is like a title fight. Kimbo is getting a lot of attention so a victory would obviously be great for me.
“I am just coming out to do my job. There is no pressure on me whatsoever. Let’s see how he deals with the pressure and against someone who can get off first. I am ready too welcome Kimbo into the world of MMA.”
“I want to thank everyone involved for making this fight happen, and I want to thank all my training partners for getting me ready. I want to thank Gary Shaw for bringing me back.
“I am ready to go and it is going to be a great fight. Everybody is going to see a good show.
“No way I give up. You are going to have to knock me out to win.”
“Nick is a great fighter, but this is my chance to show that I am truly a great fighter too. I am coming into this fight perfectly. I could not have asked for a better camp. The hand I broke in my last fight is fine.
“The fans are in for a great night of fights. My fight with Nick can’t help but be exciting.
“I am confident and as prepared as I can be.”
“I am looking for respect and becoming No. 1 in the world. As I have said time and again, I want to fight the best.
“I expect a very good fight. I may try and take the fight to him and try and manhandle him, but I don’t have a real plan going in. I’ll just go out and see where things go.
“Mike has some great submissions and has fought some great fighters. I know I need to be my best, but I feel ready for a top effort.”
“I’d like to thank EliteXC for bringing me back. Title or no title, this is going to be a great fight for the fans and for the both of us. There are going to be fireworks. It is going to be a war.
“Business is business and I hold no animosity toward anyone. This is not personal and I don’t hold any grudges against anybody.
“I am looking forward to competing again. The layoff will not bother me at all. I have a job to do and I am going to do it to the best of my ability on Saturday.”