Dana White admitted that Tuesday night’s Contender Sequence lineup was a person of his deepest in the background of the exhibit. With that reported, he didn’t award contracts to all of the victors.
Four of the five winners—Jamie Pickett, Rafael Alves, Jeffrey Molina and Colin Huckbody—all punched their tickets to the UFC at DWCS Year 4: Week 4 in Las Vegas. The other fighter to get his hand elevated was prime-ranked Canadian lightweight Anthony Romero, who defeated a really challenging Mike Breeden through unanimous choice.
Adhering to the event, White spoke to reporters backstage at the UFC APEX and addressed why he did not indicator Romero.
“The child is 8-, he’s from Canada and was in a difficult combat from a really challenging male,” White claimed. “When I appeared at certain things, he couldn’t finish with that leg kick, was going for takedowns and he really experienced a difficult time when the child switched to southpaw. I really told Breeden soon after the struggle, ‘You ought to struggle southpaw. You seemed very good southpaw.’
“He’s 23 many years previous, he’s 8-. He’s acquired almost nothing but time. That kid’s gonna get better and he’s gonna be excellent some working day. He’s not wherever close to his primary however. He’s continue to a young child.”
There have been other fighters who have competed on the exhibit that the bulk of admirers and media users alike felt deserved contracts just after victories. Austin Vanderford, Sidney Outlaw Brendan Loughnane, Thanh Le and Chris Curtis are a number of illustrations of rivals that shipped impressive performances that ended up not parlayed into contracts.
Though Vanderford and Outlaw signed with Bellator, Loughnane and Curtis headed to PFL, and Le has identified good results with Just one Championship subsequent their DWCS possibilities, White is encouraging other promoters to acquire a flyer on Romero.
“The other detail this does: it presents some of these promotions an opportunity to choose this child up,” White spelled out. “Pick him up, make him your star. Perhaps he results in being a globe champion in 1 of these other businesses and can get some encounter.
“If you’re a further promoter, and you are not observing this exhibit, and not choosing up what I don’t, you’re an idiot.”
White was then requested if there was annoyance surrounding the actuality that he supplies the platform for these fighters to get out there on a big stage just for other promotions to snatch them up. The UFC president believes it is intelligent for them to do so, largely simply because they do not have the wherewithal to establish that sort of system on their own.
“I just believe they really do not know how to,” White stated. “Out of the 20-year historical past of becoming in this sport, the response is they really don’t know how to. That is the only factor I can come up with is that they’re not excellent adequate to do it so everyone waits until eventually somebody gets allow go here then they decide on them up.
“But that would be the sensible thing to do. Get that 8- Canadian child and develop him. That is the other thing they’re not quite fantastic at, either.”