KANSAS CITY, MO — UFC President, Dana White, isn’t a fan of fake post-fight retirement speeches.
UFC Kansas City went down last night (Sat., April 15, 2023), and in the main event, Max Holloway handed Arnold Allen his first UFC loss via unanimous decision. Earlier in the night, though, two bizarre fake retirements left people scratching their heads.
First, Bill Algeo took his gloves off on the “Prelims” portion of UFC Kansas City after submitting T.J. Brown and did a knockoff Colby Covington promo following a fake retirement.
Check it out:
April 16, 2023
Bill Algeo isn't going anywhere #UFCKansasCity pic.twitter.com/wPgbvzWZRR— UFC (@ufc) April 16, 2023
“Listen, I will never retire in a dump like Kansas City. I look around here, and all I see is a bunch of Croc wearin’, Uber Eats drivin’, sons of guns,” Algeo told Daniel Cormier.
Anyway, several fights later UFC veteran, Clay Guida, took his gloves off after losing a clear-cut unanimous decision to Rafa Garcia. “The Carpenter” hung around in the Octagon until Cormier was done interviewing Garcia just to announce that he wasn’t retiring ... he just wants to trade gloves with “Gifted” and send out a, “Happy Birthday” to his mother.
Tricky Guida pic.twitter.com/iqfzusWDKg— MMA Mania (@mmamania) April 16, 2023
“I tricked you guys,” Guida said to the Kansas City crowd. “There ain’t no way I’m walking away yet. I want to congratulate this young man Rafa Garcia, and I want to ask Rafa Garcia to trade gloves with me because that was a heck of a performance by him.”
Guida would go on to wish happy birthday to his mom, who was in attendance.
During the UFC Kansas City post-fight press conference (watch), UFC’s President was unhappy about the fake retirements.
“That pissed me off, actually, to be honest with you,” White said. “No, that pissed me off. “I like [Clay Guida], he’s a nice guy, but you’re faking your retirement, so you can say f—king happy birthday to somebody? We’re running a live event here, you know what I mean? I was not happy about that...That was not good.”
While the two fake retirements were strange, UFC O.G.s Ed Herman and Zak Cummings both left their gloves in the cage after their Light Heavyweight fight in a super rare — AND REAL — double retirement (watch highlights).
What a moment between Cummings and Herman following their retirements from the UFC ❤️ #UFCKansasCity pic.twitter.com/W3K1toGS72— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 16, 2023
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