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Holm on beating Rousey: “She’s very beatable. Yes, I can do it”
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Florian on Belfort: “When he’s using a lot of variety and weapons, he’s extremely dangerous.”


Holm on beating Rousey: “She’s very beatable. Yes, I can do it.”


LOS ANGELES – UFC TONIGHT hosts Daniel Cormier and Kenny Florian preview this weekend’s FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BELFORT VS HENDERSON. Plus, UFC bantamweight challenger Holly Holm discusses her UFC 193 title fight against Ronda Rousey. Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani add reports.


UFC TONIGHT host Daniel Cormier on Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson: “The real question we have for Vitor Belfort is which guy will show up on fight night? Is it the guy with the spinning back kick that knocked out Luke Rockhold? The one who knocked out Dan Henderson going backwards with a counter, and landed that head kick knock out against Michael Bisping? Or will it be the guy who tires out like he did against Weidman. But when you listen to Vitor, he believes in his team and believes in his training process. When he’s like that, he can beat anyone.”


UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on if Belfort will show up ready for the fight: “What Vitor Belfort are we going to see? Will it be the one switching camps? Will it be the explosive striker who’s a fast starter? Or could he gas out like he did against Weidman? We know that when he’s at his best, he’s beating the best at both 205 and 185 pounds.”


Cormier on what Henderson needs watch out for against Belfort: “When Dan beat Belfort at PRIDE, he pursued him and didn’t have to worry about counter. Vitor has developed a counter punch now and has the power to counter. If Vitor lands clean, he can take him out.”


Florian on how Henderson should fight Belfort: “Dan Henderson has to stay off the centerline and feint his way in to Vitor. He can’t just rush in. This is a five-round fight and he needs to pace himself. He needs to let Vitor get tired. We all know Vitor does wear down. Dan needs to get in clinch with Vitor and wear him out.”


Florian on Belfort’s keys to victory: “Vitor Belfort is a very fast southpaw. And he uses those southpaw weapons very well, especially that left high kick. He’s taken so many people out by that. When he’s using a lot of variety and weapons, he’s extremely dangerous. Key one is for him to use his footwork against Henderson who likes to plod forward. He needs to circle away from the power. Key two is to control the pace, he can’t gas out. Key three is throw combinations because when he lands them, he’s usually taking people out.”


Cormier on Henderson’s keys to victory: “Dan Henderson is a plodding guy who’s trying to get off big punches on his opponents. He does his best work in clinch, but he’s known for power and if his right hand lands, he has the ability to put guys out. He needs to throw combinations and mix things up because Vitor is going to be throwing combos, too. He has to apply constant pressure, but smart pressure. He can’t just move forward. He has to move off the center line and create some angles so Vitor doesn’t have a stationary target. He has to get back to his wrestling a little. He’s fallen in love with his power. If he wrestles and takes angles, he can win it.”


Cormier on Henderson’s set up to the H-Bomb: “It’s an old Team Quest thing that goes back to Randy Couture. They throw an inside leg kick to get the opponent to look down and then unload the overhand right. Bisping played right into it and got knocked out. As you see against Shogun, it’s a distraction, a blinder. He does the same thing again to Shogun, and it dropped him every time he did it. When he throws the inside leg kick, you’ve got to circle away from it and not look down and be distracted by it.”


VIDEO: Strikezone Predictions: Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson


Holly Holm on how she’d different from the other fighters that Ronda Rousey has faced: “I’m a different fighter. I look at film to see what some of the girls have failed to do against her. In the end, I’m my own fighter. I’m not the same style that they are. We want to capitalize on things I do well and just follow the plan.”


Holm on her game plan against Rousey: “I’m not going to lay out the blueprint. Yes, she’s knocking people out. But you have to be able to be ok going to the ground, too. I want to be prepared for every situation. I don’t want to be so one minded that I can’t adjust along the way.”


Holm on Jon Jones helping her prepare: “A little involvement, with a lot of help. He’s had some great advice along the way. I’ve gotten his input on how he’s put it all together.”


Holm on being a champion and having a different mentality than other fighters who have faced Rousey: “I do have a different mentality. All these girls have gone in with a certain game plan, they all trained very hard. I am a different fighter. I’ve been in deep waters, I’ve faced opposition, I’ve been the underdog and that’s helped me a lot mentally and emotionally. I’m very nervous, this is a really big deal. She’s very beatable. Yes, I can do it. Do I have to do everything right? Yes, I do. It comes down to performing that night.”


VIDEO: Holly Holm Interview:


UFC TONIGHT Insider Ariel Helwani on Nick Diaz’s suspension: “I’ve been told there have been significant talks between Nick Diaz and the Nevada Athletic Commission. I’m hearing that the suspension could be reduced from five years to 18 months and the fine reduced to $100K. If all is going well, this could be announced in the next few days or in a week or so. Could be very good news. He’d be free to fight July of 2016.”


Helwani on a heavyweight title fight: “The UFC wanted to book Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez in Curitiba, Brazil in March, but they’ve been having problems finalizing a location and details. I’ve heard now the UFC is considering moving the fight to Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas, on February 6.”


Helwani on Tyron Woodley waiting for the welterweight title shot: “Tyron Woodley told me he’s preserving himself for the welterweight title fight. Right now he’s working on some movie projects, and he’ll be working on desk for FS1 for UFC 195. That will be well over a year since he fought.”


Helwani on if Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight again after latest injury: “I spoke to his management team. They said yes, he might not fight again. It’s really getting to him. There’s definitely a chance he will not fight again. He could be out for a total of two years. He’s pretty emotional now.”


Cormier on what he’d tell Nurmagomedov now: “I’d tell him, ‘You’re 22–0. You’re the uncrowned champion. Don’t give up on the dream. You’re too good. You’ll make it back.’”


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