Despite hosting back-to-back shows for the first time in company history, UFC president Dana White is far from pleased. On Friday night it was Clay Guida’s nonstop “running” in the show’s featured attraction that irked White, while the performances of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” finalists irritated him on Saturday.
Considering six-figure contracts with the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion were on the line, White believes none of the contestants’ showings matched the level of importance of what was at stake.
“I didn’t like [Rony “Jason’s” Mariano (Pictured)] performance at all,” White flatly stated on FUEL TV’s post-fight show. “These guys for ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil’ came out like killers in the fight to get into the house, and all season long.
“I think that because this was such a big event, this place was crazy, it was rocking. These guys were running around signing autographs all day. I think they all got caught up in the hype. Guess what? You’re not in the UFC yet. You have to perform.”
“Jason” beat Godofredo “Pepey” de Oliveira in the featherweight finals, while Cezar Ferreira defeated Serginho Moraes in the middleweight finale. According to White, each of the fighters were already acting as though they were God’s gift to MMA.
“If you look at ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ in the U.S. every season, usually the finale is the best fight of the season,” White expressed. “I think because this arena was packed and these guys felt like rockstars all week, they were coming out singing and dancing and [expletive] – like they already had world titles.
“It was kind of weird. [I was] not 100 percent thrilled with the night.”