Florian on what Aldo needs to do differently this fight: “Aldo’s got to use his kicks to slow Max down.”
Florian on Gaethje: “He keeps coming at you. He’s like a zombie. You can’t kill him. He just gets stronger during a fight. Gaethje is all offense all the time.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – UFC TONIGHT was hosted by Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier, with Karyn Bryant adding reports. The crew previewed this weekend’s UFC 218 and THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER FINALE and interviewed featherweight champion Max Holloway, plus lightweight contenders Justin Gaethje and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

UFC TONIGHT host Daniel Cormier on how Max Holloway control fights: “He’s long, big and strong for the division. He controls you with his jab. When he gets in range, he throws his punches. He’s such a big guy that when Max is throwing punches from a distance, he can’t get hit. It was a straight one-two that put Jose Aldo down in the first fight.”

UFC TONIGHT Kenny Florian on Holloway: “Bruce Lee used to say the sign of a great fighter is a great counterstrike. Holloway does that so well. In the first fight with Aldo, he slips Aldo’s punch and then hits Aldo. But in this fight, Aldo’s got to use his kicks. He kicks like a mule – I’ve felt them. He’s got to slow Max down with his kicks to the legs. He’s got to go back to being the vicious kicker. He fell in love with his boxing. But it’s a mixed martial arts fight. He needs to use some takedowns as well. He’s a world class Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt. I’d like to see him work on some takedowns.”

Cormier on Holloway’s keys to victory: “He’s a dynamic striker. He’s got endurance and can put a pace on people and break you. He’s got to stay in boxing range. And he needs to stop the takedown.”

Florian on Aldo’s keys to victory: “He needs to mix up his strikes. He needs to utilize his head movement. He needs to throw leg kicks to slow Max down. And he needs to land a takedown.”

VIDEO: Cormier and Florian break down Max Holloway vs Jose Aldo Tonight

Max Holloway 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.”

Max Holloway 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.”

Holloway 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

Cormier on Francis Ngannou’s talent: “He’s a great striker. He’s very powerful. He throws uppercuts really well. It’s come natural to him. He finished Arlovski with them. And he throws them the correct way. That’s what’s putting guys to sleep.”

Florian on how Overeem should counter Ngannou: “For Overeem, he’s got to be careful not to shell up to protect himself, because that will open himself to those uppercuts. He’s fighting much smarter now. He’s been showing great footwork in his recent fights against Junior Dos Santos and Mark Hunt. He’s got to use is kicking game from the outside. He’s finished a lot of guys like Ngannou.”

Cormier on similarities between Overeem and Ngannou: “If I’m Alistair, you’re thinking Ngannou is best where I was best. You’ve got to think, I was you when I was younger. I was the big guy knocking people out. And he’s probably not too worried about it.”

Justin Gaethje on fighting Eddie Alvarez for the title of must violent man in the UFC: “He’s talking himself into a real fight. I’m still expecting him to try to stick me against the fence. All this talk, he better be ready to show up and fight.”

Gaethje 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.”

Gaethje 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.”

Gaethje 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

Florian on what makes Gaethje so tough: “He’s so tough because he keeps coming at you. He’s like a zombie. You can’t kill him. He just gets stronger during a fight. He continues to move forward. He’s had so much adversity in his fights and keeps coming at you. Gaethje is all offense all the time.”

Cormier on Gaethje’s style: “He wants to win in violent dominant fashion. You saw that against Michael Johnson. He wants to take your soul. But one thing can stop him. It’s the overhand right from Eddie Alvarez, the former lightweight champion. Eddie took out Dos Anjos with it and knocked him out. If he’s not careful, he can take him out.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov 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.”

Nurmagomedov 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.”

Nurmagomedov 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

Florian on if Conor McGregor will fight in the UFC again: “If I had $100 million, you wouldn’t see me again. I don’t know if he’s going to make that kind of money in the UFC. But this is what he does best. This is what made him. When you’re a martial artist, you have to remind yourself of that. I think we’ll see him again. He just has to get control of his life a little bit.”

VIDEO: Cormier and Florian discuss Dana White’s comments about Conor McGregor

UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Cormier on How Holloway Wins (268 kB, last updated November 2017)