It was a long weekend for UFC president Dana White. The hardest working man in MMA logged more than his usual frequent flier miles this weekend, heading from Las Vegas to Atlantic City for UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida and then off to Belo Horizonte, Brazil for UFC 147.
Unfortunately for Dana, he's not raving about all the great fights he put on, instead he's venting his frustration with passive fighters and bad judges. Above we see Dana sharing his disappointment over Clay Guida's performance against Clay Maynard with Ariel Helwani.
"You don't win fights in the UFC by running," says White. He also alluded to Guida's coach Greg Jackson in a negative way, "I'm assuming someone put that game plan in his head to run around in circles for 5 rounds."
More of Dana's frustrations after the jump...
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DANA WHITE: "Yeah, I got to ask you... I'll ask you a question. I thought Fisher won that fight."
ARIEL HELWANI: "I disagree. I thought the takedowns sealed it for Sam Stout."
DANA WHITE: "And I think that's [expletive]. I think that if you get your head punched in for four minutes of a round and you take a guy down and lay on him for a minute, does not win you the fight."
ARIEL HELWANI: "And that's a big problem in MMA, right?"
DANA WHITE: "He didn't do any damage on his takedowns. I mean, he literally, did you see his face at the end of the face? I mean he literally, um, got busted up I thought every round of that fight and then I said, during the fight this is what I said to the guy sitting next to me, I said he's trying to take him down at the end of the round to try to steal the rounds. But if you take the guy down and there's a minute left in a round and you're raining elbows and punches and doing tons of damage, then I could see that. But he did none of that. I was actually pretty blown away that it was 30-27."
ARIEL HELWANI: "So, you scored it 30-27 for Spencer?"
DANA WHITE: "Yeah, exactly."
White's unhappiness with UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida spilled over onto his review of UFC 147, especially the performances in the Welterweight TUF Brazil Finale which saw Rony Mariano Bezerra defeated Godofredo Pepey by decision.. Here's what he said to Karyn Bryant after the event:
"I didn't like it at all," he said in a post-event interview on FUEL TV. "I think that these guys from the Ultimate Fighter Brazil came out like killers in the fight to get into the house, and then all season long. I think because it's such a big event, this place was crazy, it was rocking, they were signing autographs all day. I think they got a little caught up in the hype. Guess what? You're not in the UFC yet. Come out and you have to perform."
Mariano, who goes by the nickname "Jason," won the fight by a trio of 29-28 scores but the fight was marked by some periods of inactivity, though it wasn't anything out of the ordinary.
White did note that he was in a bad mood given the events of the previous night, perhaps referencing the bizarre Clay Guida vs. Gray Maynard fight at UFC on FX 4.
The Mariano-Pepey fight was nothing like that one, but White felt that the combatants didn't show the drive and desire that often comes from two fighters competing for a UFC contract.
"Usually the finale is the best fight of the season," he said. "These guys come out and they go for it. I think because the arena was packed and these guys felt like rockstars all week, they were coming out singing and dancing and s--- like they already had world titles. It was kind of weird."