UFC president Dana White didn’t mix words when discussing this past Saturday’s UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao event. Despite setting a new gate record with over $4 million, White was none-too-happy with the main card.
The undercard for the show delivered several exciting finishes – all of the bonuses went to fighters on the prelims – but the main card failed to live up to the expectations. From Cheick Kongo and Shawn Jordan’s clinch-fest for 15 minutes, to an uneventful-performance out of Hector Lombard, White was among those upset by the fighters.
“I like breaking records, we broke the gate record here (Saturday) and I’m embarrassed by it. I was excited when I heard, and now I’m embarrassed,” said White, during the post-fight press conference. “The undercard delivered; they were awesome. The main card did not.”
White made mention of the show making him remember UFC 33. That card took place in 2001 and was the first MMA event sanctioned by the Nevada Athletic Commission. The main events between Tito Ortiz and Vladimir Matyushenko, and Jens Pulver and Dennis Hallman, each went the distance, as did a third title fight between Dave Menne and Gil Castillo.