I gotta hand it to Dana White. While he’s willing to defend a shitty card right up until it happens, if it doesn’t deliver you won’t hear him pretending it did. Once again he got a less than inspired headlining fight and once again he wasn’t afraid to completely torpedo it and the fighters responsible. From the press conference:
“When we come and we put these guys on a headliner to go after the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, and the main event looks like that? It’s very disappointing,” he said.
And here he is in a post-event media scrum really throwing Marquardt and his camp under the bus:
“Marquardt is such a talented guy, and what I’m seeing is stuff from the Greg Jackson camp,” he said. “This camp continuously – when these guys fight, their corner is either telling them they’re ahead or they’re winning.
“I mean, Nate Marquardt sat here tonight and said that he thought he won the fight. Where the [expletive] is his corner? You go into the last round and you’re getting outstruck by a wrestler, and you think you won the fight? And this is consistent with the Greg Jackson camp.”
“You already blew a title shot once; you’re in a fight for the title shot again in the third round, and you’re not throwing any punches or kicks? It has nothing to do with pressure. You’re … professional, and you’re going to go after it in the last round to get your title shot.”
“Listen – you couldn’t meet a nicer guy than Nate Marquardt,” White said. “He’s a great guy. Nice kid – choked tonight.”
I suppose it’s unfair to say Dana threw Marquardt under the bus when it was basically Nate who did it to himself. Chalk it up to another striker getting sucked into doing nothing but waiting for the shoot instead of ripping the head off the shooter.