During the latter rounds of Anderson Silva’s fight with Demian Maia at UFC 112 two thoughts in particular struck me. The first was, “what the hell is Silva thinking?” The second was, “Dana White is going to be fuming about this.”
I wasn’t wrong.
“Believe me, I’ll answer the questions of what a disgrace the main event was,” an angry White told the media assembled for the post-fight press conference. “To end it the way that we did was an embarrasment for me, the UFC, the Fertittas and the UAE.”
During the fight color commentator Joe Rogan remarked that the livid UFC president had an angry exchange with Silva’s manager Ed Soares during the fight after watching the fighter appear to give up on the idea of actually trying to end the fight in the final rounds.
Not only that but it turns out that White was so infuriated by what he was watching that he actually threw down Silva’s belt and left the arena during the fourth round of the fight.
“If you’re that talented, be Mike Tyson. go in there and finish,” he later remarked. “I’m so blown away and disgusted and saddened.”
This is not the first time White has voiced his disapproval at Silva for a disappointing display – he had similar things to say after the middleweight champions previous fights with Thales Leites and Patrick Cote too, but it seems he’s particularly upset with his most recent display, and it’s hard to blame him.
In the end Silva’s status as one of the UFC’s greatest fighters means that his performance reflects badly not only on him but on the organization as a whole, leaving White to try to apologize and state, “I dont know how yet, but I will make this up to the fans.”
See further UFC 112 reaction from Dana White in a post-fight video interview here
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