In a new official UFC video on YouTube, Dana White is heard on camera literally fearing for Calvin Kattar’s life during his main event fight with Max Holloway at UFC On ABC 1 last week.
Holloway put on a remarkable display of striking that night, but by the third round it was becoming clear that White was becoming increasingly uncomfortable with what had essentially become a one-sided beatdown.
“I dunno how much more f*ckin’ damage I wanna see Kattar take, man,” White tells Din Thomas and Matt Serra.
During the fourth round White began repeatedly calling for referee Herb Dean to put Kattar out of his misery.
“Get in there, ref. C’mon ref! He’s f*ckin’ wobbling, he’s out on his f*ckin’ feet! C’mon, ref – stop this fight!”
By the fifth round White had left his seat at Octagon-side and had moved further back in the arena to talk to UFC Executive Vice-President Hunter Campbell about his fears that Kattar’s life could be in danger.
“He took so much f*cking punishment in this fight, I’m freaking out a little bit, man. I don’t know. I don’t like it.
“This reminds me of the kind of fight where the fight’s over, and he walks in back and f*cking dies. I think that f*cking Herb Dean should’ve stopped it in the fourth round. He was wobbling all over the f*cking place. He should have stopped the fight right there.”
Nevertheless, Kattar did make it to the final bell, and afterwards White told the fighter’s corner that he should immediately be ushered out of the arena and taken to hospital to be checked out.
Thankfully, the ultra-tough Kattar was ok, but White was right to be concerned about his safety and you do have to wonder what kind of a toll that five-round beating will have taken on the 32-year-old.