After Frankie Edgar knocked Chad Mendes out in the 1st round in the main event of last night’s TUF 22 Finale, he revealed that UFC President Dana White was reportedly no longer in attendance in the arena.
This raised a lot of questions, however we may now have an explanation for why White was so frustrated.
In the bout prior to Edgar’s, Ryan Hall defeated Artem Lobov via decision to win TUF 22. The end of the fight is what had White frustrated.
He spoke to Ariel Helwani on Fox Sports 1:
“What drove me crazy was Herb Dean let him stay on (Lobov’s) back for the last three minutes standing,” White said. “No damage is being done. Nobody was really advancing their position, and this is for everything. This is for ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ Stand it back up, and I think Herb, who I think is one of the best, I think he didn’t do his best tonight.
“I saw a lot of people talking negatively about (Hall). One of the thing about this kid, with his jiu-jitsu, it’s so sick and so high-level, you haven’t seen a guy who can go and slide in and take a leg. He goes from one thing to the other. If he’d pulled off one of those submissions, people wouldn’t be b-tching about it, which is one of the reasons I think Herb should have allowed them to fight for the last three minutes. There was no fighting for the last three minutes. There was no fighting for the last three minutes of the fight. That’s irritating, and that leaves a bad taste in people’s mouth.”
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