by Dane McGuire
Following the controversial co-main event decision in favor of Paddy Pimblett, UFC President Dana White revealed he felt UFC 282’s main event between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev was “horrible.”
White said at the post-fight press conference that he began to zone out after three rounds of what would become a split decision draw.
“What are you gonna do? I think the main event was terrible,” White said at the UFC 282 post-fight news conference. “What are you gonna do?”
He continued, “I started to zone out after like f*cking three rounds. I heard that Ankalaev is upset and whatever. What do you want me to do? You got beat up the first two rounds, and you took him to the ground, you started – what are you gonna do?”
Ankalaev then said he was unsure if he’d fight again for the UFC. It was then explained to him the organization has nothing to do with judging and he has since clarified his comments about the judging.
He has since taken to Twitter to say he will no longer fight in Las Vegas.
“I wanna clear something up, what I said after the fight was I don’t want to fight in this city anymore because of the horrible judging, I did not say anything about I don’t wanna fight in the UFC.
I wanna thank @danawhite and @Mickmaynard2 for the opportunity”
In another tweet, he wrote:
“I fought my heart out today, there is no excuse, but I had a compromised knee, it wasn’t my best performance, but I know I won the fight. Thank you @danawhite and the @ufc for giving me this opportunity”
Many feel he lost the first three rounds, including White but commentary did note a positive performance in the championship rounds.
For his part Blachowicz was so upset by his own performance, he told the crowd during Magomed Ankalaev’s post-fight interview that the championship should be given to Ankalaev. White disagrees.
Consulting with UFC’s Hunter Campbell and matchmaker Sean Shelby in White’s green room, the trio have another bout in mind and verbal agreements have already been made. Former light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira will face Jamahal Hill for the vacant title Jan. 21 at UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro.
“I’m OK with that,” Blachowicz told TSN. “I was not gonna be ready for that. Let something happen. The division has to move on. Show must go on.”