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Burt Watson Explains Decision To Leave UFC

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For Burt Watson, being the “Babysitter to the Stars” was a dream job.

But it came at a price.

Watson worked tirelessly to help make the road home for fighters around the world. That all came to an end recently at UFC 184, as Watson left the company.

Rumors immediately started floating around over what caused the rift between the two sides, and the 66-year-old Watson appeared on The MMA Hour to sort that all out.

“I was approached and it was not in a proper manner, at least in my opinion,” Watson said. “I was questioned about my work, about the way I handled things. That’s the way I felt. Quite honestly, I didn’t appreciate it. I didn’t approve of it.”

Watson stated it was not UFC president Dana White, CEO Lorenzo Fertitta or operations coordinator Donna Marcolini who approached him, but declined to name that person, saying it was only an official with the UFC.

A former manager for Joe Frazier, Watson wanted to make sure nobody blamed Mark Munoz or Ronda Rousey for his decision to step away, saying he needed to “address that.”

“These guys, I lived for these guys,” he said. “I loved those guys for 14 years. When I see them being disturbed about something, I figured I needed to put some kind of a lid on top of it.”