Fuming Dana White Storms Out Of Arena And Skips The Press Conference
It’s pretty well established at this point that Dana White has no qualms about playing favourites with his fighters.
A notable example is the UFC president’s relationship with former Light heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell. Before Dana had part of the UFC, he served as Liddell’s manager and his close personal relationship with ‘The Iceman’ played a huge part in the development of the UFC after White was installed as president.
So confident was White in Liddell’s skills, he entered the American in the 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix. To understand what this meant to more modern MMA fans, it would be the equivalent of White sending Daniel Cormier to Bellator to compete for their Heavyweight Tournament. In the end, White’s attempt to prove the superiority of the UFC would fail as Liddell was unceremoniously dumped out of the Grand Prix in the semi-finals by Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.
Liddell is not alone in being one of White’s favourites though. In fact, it’s not even necessarily a bad thing for a promoter to try and put resources behind fighters they believe could be the next star.
The problem is what to do if the fighter you’re grooming to be the next big thing is beaten in devastating fashion. This is exactly what happened Saturday night as young English contender Darren Till was soundly beaten by longstanding champ Tyron Woodley.
To make things worse for Dana, he and Woodley have had a long strained relationship, stemming from Woodley’s belief that he is the least respected champion in the UFC.
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Lol @ Dana's reaction pic.twitter.com/y9VxQco5Ew
— Desmond Madden (@DesmondMadden) September 9, 2018
As a result, after Woodley’s incredible performance at UFC 228, Dana clearly wasn’t in the best of moods. The UFC patriarch looked vexed when putting the belt round Woodley’s waist, and to if it wasn’t already clear that Woodley had spoiled what was hoped to be Till’s coming out party, didn’t even attend the post-fight press conference.