To say UFC president Dana White was in a foul mood Saturday night would be an understatement.
White, who always wants to see his fighters put on an incredible show, was left disappointed by the action at UFC 169.
The main event, according to White and many others, was stopped too early, and Alistair Overeem failed to impress his boss. Also, the card set a new UFC record with 10 decisions.
In the headline fight, Renan Barao scored a TKO victory over Urijah Faber to remain UFC bantamweight champion. Faber appeared to be still coherent when referee Herb Dean called it off early in the first round.
“Faber was okay. He was rocked,” White said, on the FOX Sports post-fight show. “He was blocking the shots. Herb Dean doesn’t make many mistakes, but he blew it.”
In another key bout, Overeem scored a much-needed decision victory over Frank Mir. However, playing it safe didn’t make White too happy with “The Reem.”
“I think he could have finished Mir,” White said. “He kept his job. It was a crappy performance by Alistair and then he calls out someone who doesn’t even fight in the UFC.
“It was not a great night for Overeem.”
White was referring to Overeem’s call-out of former UFC champion Brock Lesnar. The boss confirmed during the post-fight show that Lesnar was not coming back anytime soon to MMA.
The other half of that bout, Mir, was left wondering what might be next for him. He has now lost four in a row, but White didn’t want to make any decisions the night of the fight.
“Should Frank retire?” White pondered. “We don’t make those decisions (Saturday).”