(Underperform, and well … you get the picture.)
“The cut thing, when I told you there were over a hundred (fighters on the roster that need to be cut), that’s an absolute fact. There’s going to be a night when we put on a card, there’s going to be 15 guys we cut, and then there’s going to be a night where we put on a card that we don’t cut any of the losers,” said White during the UFC 157 post-fight press conference.
Matt Grice has gone 1-2 in his latest stint in the UFC, but White cited his UFC 157 losing performance against Dennis Bermudez as an example of how to keep your job.
“That’s one of those fights that there’s no loser. There is no loser in that fight. When you turn on your TV set and you put down your money, or you buy a ticket, that’s what you expect to show up and see. As a fight fan, those are the fights you want to watch, and those are the kinds of fights were guys won’t get cut. It’s pretty easy, pretty simple,” said White.
Yep, just have a fight of the year performance and you have nothing to worry about! Simple and easy! Never mind the fact that it takes two to tangle and sometimes you run into a Brendan Schaub who’s ready to lay the shit out of you for 15 minutes to cinch a win. And in a sport where one wacky punch to the side of the head can take down even the best fighers in the world, Dana’s words aren’t going to offer a lot of comfort.
Gerald Harris knows what’s really up, having won his first three UFC fights via KO only to be fired after his first loss.
“The fact of the matter is, entertaining or not, if you have a three-fight deal you should get three fights. If [you're] not exciting then yes, you could not be resigned. But to be on the chopping block every time you fight is straight up bulls–t! If you think someone is boring then don’t sign them.”
Giving fighters the number of fights they were contracted for? Crazy talk!