Last night (August 31, 2013) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, heavyweights Soa Palelei and Nikita Krylov met in the preliminary portion of the UFC 164 undercard. To say the the bout was terrible would be an understatement.
The two fighters went at it for the first round, carrying such a ridiculous pace that by the sound of the horn, they were already gassed out in the first five minutes of competition. That led to what was one of the sloppiest displays of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to ever grace the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) cage.
The bout finally ended in the third round when Palelei scored a TKO to finish the young Russian fighter.
In speaking with the media during his post-fight scrum, UFC President Dana White didn't hold back with what he thought of the fight.
"You don't want to hear my thoughts on that fight," he said. "That was fight was embarrassing. That looked like a Toughman fight."
"It was a great night, and all the fights were great except, well, you know the one I'm talking about. The thing about that fight is it was sloppy. They both looked sloppy. They're exhausted, and they're laying on each other and stuff. You shouldn't see that sh*t in the UFC. You shouldn't see that. Guys should be in shape."
"But again, it was an entertaining fight, and it ended in a knockout, the guy took big shots. But it was just an embarrassing fight. You shouldn't fight like that in the UFC."
There's no word on either fighter's future, but it's likely that Krylov won't be given another shot in the UFC. Dana White and company aren't in the business of promoting embarrassing fights. They've spent too much time and resources into making the UFC a legitimate sport.