– Yesterday, Gina Carano and Cris Cyborg, who will headline a Strikeforce world championship quadruple-header on Saturday, Aug. 15, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., live on Showtime, participated in a press conference, fan meet and greet session and open workout Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. Here are some quotes from the press conference…
“I am not into public speaking, but I am so humbled and blessed by this unbelievable turnout of media and fans. It feels so great the support that you have given Cyborg and I. (But) It is not just us. There are four title fights on this great card.
“I have the ultimate, utmost respect for Cyborg. This is the toughest fight of my life.
“I want to thank the media and the fans for keeping it (MMA) alive. It has given me a career. I have a passion for my job and I hope we reach other people to get the sport even stronger.
“Cyborg is very strong. That is why I have reached out to Randy Couture to support me. He has been a mentor to me. I need somebody like him to get me mentally and physically ready for the biggest fight of my career. He is a great backboard for me.
“Randy is training me to get ready for the toughest fight of my career. He is my head trainer and he will be in my corner.
“I have to thank all my trainers. All of Las Vegas has come to my support. This has been an amazing journey. I am blessed and humbled at the same time. I want to thank STRIKEFORCE and SHOWTIME. It takes a lot of (guts) to put this on.”
“Like Gina, I am not into public speaking. I prefer to fight. I want to thank the media, STRIKEFORCE, SHOWTIME and my fans. This is a great opportunity and this will be a very good fight for the fans and media.
“I almost forgot to thank my husband and my trainers in Huntington Beach (Calif.) for supporting me.
(The ultimate winner) “I think the one who makes the fewer mistakes will win this fight. I am expecting a war. I have been training a lot since my last fight. I am ready and very excited.”