9 UFC fights Dana White hated
With so much fighting over the past 30 years, the UFC has been in operation, there will inevitably be less memorable fights than others. Not all fights can live up to Robbie Lawler’s standards vs. Rory MacDonald 2.
However, some fights are so bad that UFC promoter Dana White fails to justify their conclusions. Whether it’s a fighter’s performance, the judges’ decisions, or just some weird circumstances that shouldn’t have happened at the start, here are Dana White’s most hated fights.
9 Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia
The UFC’s first trip to Abu Dhabi took place at UFC 112. The UFC made sure to provide fans with a stacked card with a line-up that included Hughes v Gracie, Edgar v Penn for the light belt, and Silva v Maia. After three main card finishes and a brawl between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn, the UFC brass envisioned a successful first event in a new market. What followed in the main event, however, was a lackluster fight where Silva played with Maia for the majority of the fight.
Anderson Silva was obviously the most dominant striker but refused to commit or capitalize on the success he had in the early rounds. Silva would claim a unanimous decision victory but would be dragged by Dana after the fight. Dana apologized to fans and questioned Silva’s market value after the fight.
8 Curtis Blaydes vs. Alexander Volkov
Dana White was not a fan of Curtis Blaydes following his five-round UFC main event against Alexander Volkov. While this was a unanimous decision victory for Blaydes, it was a far cry from the ragdoll prediction Curtis predicted before the fight. At the time, Blaydes was knocking on the door for a UFC heavyweight title despite previous losses to number one contender Francis Ngannou. Dana would quickly dismiss the idea of a potential title fight, saying Blaydes “looked stupid” making monetary demands while significantly underperforming in his main event opportunity.
seven Dennis Hallman vs. Brian Ebersole
Dennis Hallman vs. Brian Ebersole was expected in the mid-PPV card at UFC 133. Unlike many entries on the list, this entry was not hated by White because of the fighter’s performance, but because of the fighter’s attire. Specifically, Dennis Hallman’s choice of shorts – or speedo may be a more apt word. How they were approved by UFC executives to get to the Octagon is still a mystery to many, but that’s probably one of the reasons the UFC ultimately decided to go. before with the Reebok deal. The UFC was still on its way to being recognized as a legitimate sport, so it’s no wonder that Dana felt embarrassed by her fighter’s attire, or the lack of it. Luckily for Dana, the fight would end in the first round as Ebersole would have TKO Hallman, earning him not only the victory but also $ 70,000 from the boss himself.
6 Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks
Georges St. Pierre’s reign as the welterweight division champion came to an end in UFC 167 when he said he was “pulling away a bit” after a controversial decision against Johny Hendricks. Following the controversy, Dana took to the media and bluntly told members of the media that he didn’t believe GSP won this fight.
White was furious, not only with the judges, but also with St. Pierre’s comments after the game, saying he would step away from the sport. Dana was not a fan of those comments and essentially offered Saint-Pierre an ultimatum, mentioning that he should either fulfill his champion duties or get away from the sport altogether.
5 Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis
Leading into UFC 226, all eyes were on Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis to deliver a great fight and score the performance bonus Fight of the Night or Knockout of the Night. In the end, the fight wouldn’t go down and instead be called perhaps the worst fight in UFC history. Dana White, as you can imagine, was not happy with this and would go so far as to call the fight an “abomination”. While the blame could easily be placed on both fighters, White was much more receptive to the fight winner, Derrick Lewis, sympathizing with The Black Beast and his back issues. Dana would be much more critical of Francis Ngannou, saying her ego was to blame for the lack of activity in the fight and his poor performance.
4 Clay Guida vs. Gray Maynard
Speaking of fights that had great potential but were under-delivered, we move on to Clay Guida and Gray Maynard’s main fight at UFC on FX 4. With both fighters coming off losses and both fighters known for their style. Of brawling fight, fans expected a fall where a solid performance would propel either fighter to the top of the lightweight division. Instead, what unfolded was five rounds of Clay Guida and Gray Maynard circling the Octagon, ultimately leading to a division victory for Maynard.
101 strikes in total landed during their 25-minute main event, making it one of the least active main events in UFC history at the time. With comments such as “I thought it was impossible for this fight to suck. I WAS WRONG!!!!!!’ and “The first time I see Guida getting booed out of the building. I boo too !! ‘, it’s safe to say that Dana wasn’t a fan of combat either.
3 Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia
Speaking of fights with little activity, we move on to UFC 214, where Tyron Woodley would defend his belt against Demian Maia. Over the course of five rounds, fighters only hit a total of 86 punches, breaking the record for least activity in a main event bout. Woodley would get the win but would be heavily criticized by Dana White, claiming that Woodley had plenty of opportunities to step into the fight as a superior and stronger striker.
During the post-fight press conference, Dana openly asked what he would do with Woodley, given his market value as a champion and his recent lackluster performance. To add insult to injury, Dana would confirm Georges St. Pierre’s return to the UFC against middleweight champion Michael Bisping instead of a welterweight return against Tyron Woodley.
2 Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin 3
Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz have finalized their trilogy at UFC 148. The fight would end with a unanimous decision from Forrest Griffin, who would be the winner of the trilogy. The fight would also mark the pair’s final outing to the UFC, with Forrest later retiring and Tito fighting in other promotions.
Dana was not impressed with the performance of the two men, stating that they both looked slow but agreed it was time for both men to leave the UFC. In addition to criticism of the fight, Dana was particularly furious with Griffin, who barged out of the cage before a decision was made. Griffin was walking into the cage only to pick up Joe Rogan’s microphone to speak with Ortiz for his final UFC post-fight interview – a very strange set of circumstances the boss didn’t like very much.
1 Jon Jones vs. Matt Hammill
Jon Jones’ only record loss came by disqualification to Matt Hammill at UFC – The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale. After Jones landed some 12-6 elbows, referee Steve Mazzagatti stopped the fight. Hammill was declared unable to continue, which led to the end of the fight. Rather than declaring it without competition, the bout was declared a disqualification with Hammill as the winner. Dana White was not happy with this decision and thought “it shouldn’t have happened this way”.
In the years since the loss, Dana and the UFC brass looked for ways to overturn that decision, but were unsuccessful. Given Jones’ successful career and long reign as champion, his market value as an undefeated champion – a feat only Khabib Nurmagomedov accomplished – would have been huge leverage for the UFC. Sadly, Dana White, Jon Jones and the UFC were denied this opportunity by Steve Mazzagatti, only making Dana further infuriating.
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