What do I have in common with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White? I mean besides being bald and dropping the F-bomb every other sentence.
We both wanted to take a nap when Che Mills fought Matt Riddle at UFC on FUEL TV 7, which emanated from the Wembley Arena in London, England, on Feb. 16, 2013. The only difference? I was on my couch and made good on my promise, while White had to grin and bear it.
From his scathing review at the "Barao vs. McDonald" post-fight media scrum (watch it here).
"I'm sick of that shit. The referee, who let's these guys push against the fence … The rule is, you're either advancing position or doing damage. At no point is pushing against the fence for 3.5 fucking minutes doing damage or advancing your position. The ref should be breaking those guys. In that fight, [Riddle] took [Mills] down again and I said, 'That's it. That's what you're going to see for the next fucking 2:45. Wake me up when this thing is fucking over.' And boom, he pops up, gets out and pops into guard. He threw one punch and was just sitting there looking at him, then he stands up and walks away. I'm pretty sure there was 39 seconds left. Fucking go crazy! Drop punches, elbows -- go absolutely ape shit!… If you're fucking tired in the last 39 seconds of a fight you can win, and it can take you to the next level, then go get a [different] job. Che Mills should have went ape shit on him and kept him on his back because he finally got that top position. That was one of the weirdest things I've ever seen. Almost like he gave up, quit and walked away."
While Mills took the brunt of the blow, Riddle can be charged as a co-conspirator. After all, "Deep Waters" flat-out admitted he held back during their 15-minute contest because he had to 'fight smart' and put himself first and the fans' perception second.
A win is a win, I suppose.