While Saturday’s much-hyped UFC 112 event was coming to its anticlimactic ending, the night’s real drama was going on Octagon-side and continued during the post-fight press conference.
UFC president Dana White was so disgusted with middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s circus act that he handed the belt to Ed Soares, “The Spider’s” manager, in the 4thRound and told him to wrap the gold around Silva’s waist because White wasn’t going to do it.
The brash promoter immediately stormed off backstage, leaving well before it was announced Silva had earned a unanimous decision victory over Demian Maia.
White’s anger only intensified as the night grew longer. He stated at the presser that he was “disgusted” with Silva’s antics and repeatedly apologized for the “embarrassing” show his organization put on in their Middle East debut.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been more embarrassed in the 10 years I’ve been in this business,” White said. “It was the first time I have ever walked out on a main event.”
It was the Brazilian’s 12th consecutive win and bumped his record to a dominant 26-4. It was his seventh straight 185-pound title defense, however his last three have left a lot to be desired.
Please click the media player below to watch White’s entire tirade: