From a viewer’s seat, whether in the arena or at home, fights come and go at an event like a traffic light glowing green during in-ring action and red between bouts. However, rarely do fans consider what happens to the evening’s proverbial vehicles once they’ve exited the ring and head backstage to either rejoice or patch up their bloodied noses, bruised egos, and broken hearts.
Dana White recently gave fans a peek backstage at UFC 136 in a video blog, revealing Melvin Guillard’s emotional outpouring after falling short against Joe Lauzon and Jose Aldo celebrating his championship defense with fellow Brazilian Anderson Silva. Now, the UFC President is back at it again with his first entry for UFC on FOX 1 where he shows the immediate aftermath of UFC 137 including Donald Cerrone showing Dennis Siver post-fight respect, Mirko Filipovic shrugging off physicians while assuring them he was fine, Quinton Jackson empathizing in a funny way with Matt Mitrione, and a heartfelt embrace between a battered BJ Penn and the man who marked him up unlike any other opponent prior, Nick Diaz.
White also offers a glimpse at similar situations stemming from UFC 138 where the camera follows Brad Pickett’s long walk back after losing in front of his fellow Brits and learn his had two of his teeth fractured, as well as witness a moment where Chris Leben candidly admits, “I need to reevaluate things. I can’t be fighting if I’m fighting like that,” while adding that he didn’t feel the same “angry drive” he usually has entering bouts.
Watch the entire gripping piece below: