Dana White, UFC President, is well-known for being a guy who speak up. He does not try to hide his thoughts and often he goes straight to the point during the press conferences. In in the post-fight press conference of UFC 256 he expressed his views on the future of Tony Ferguson and Junior dos Santos.
Let’s start with Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson (26-5-0). We were shocked to see him losing against Charles Oliveira (30-8-0, 1NC) in that way. We completely miss our prediction, and it seems we were not the only ones. Last weekend Oliveira has completely dominated Tony Ferguson for 3 rounds winning by unanimous decision and becoming officially one of the potential fighters who may have a title shot to the soon-to-be vacant lightweight belt.
Despite Dana White has appreciated the resilience of Tony Ferguson of not tapping during that devastating arm-bar, the UFC president has suggested to “El Cucuy” to spend time with his family and to take a period of rest and holidays. The face and voice were of a typical man who was 50% disappointed and 50% angry at Ferguson’s performance. In our view, despite the second defeat in a row, Dana White won’t include Ferguson in the 60 fighters who are going to be axed by the UFC promotion. However, few commentators have not excluded this scenario which, we repeat, won’t happen in our opinion.
On the contrary, in relation to Junior “Cigano” dos Santos’s future with the UFC, we are not sure. We consider Cyril Gane (7-0-0) a rising star with a bright future in the MMA world. So, the opponent of dos Santos (21-9-0) was a tough one but this could not be an excuse. 36-year-old with 4 consecutive defeats and no chance to make it back on top of the heavyweight category we believe that Junior dos Santos may be included in those 60 names to be fired by UFC. Once again Dana White has not soft words to describe dos Santos’ performance hinting to the fact that dos Santos almost surrendered and turning his back to his opponent during the crucial TKO elbow.
Frankly, it is never easy to talk about this topic. For us, MMA enthusiasts, UFC is entertainment but for the fighters is different. They guarantee food on the table to their families fighting and we are never happy to hear that somebody may lose his job. We hope that this scenario won’t happen but realistically we are concerned that last weekend was Junior dos Santos’ last fight under the UFC banner.