Following the events of UFC 122, it’s safe to say that Dana White wasn’t all that satisfied with some things that had taken place at last Saturday’s night of fights.
The UFC head honcho spoke openly about his feelings concerning the card, but was mostly critical of the main event of the evening.
In a match that pitted two of the organization’s top middleweight contenders in Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami, both men met each other in the center of the cage with the promise of an immediate title shot for the middleweight title.
However, neither competitor, especially Marquardt, fought with any sense of urgency that would warrant said person with the coveted shot at the championship. UFC President Dana White won’t hold back on his promise, but still has his opinions on Marquardt and now has his eyes set on the Jackson camp.
“He is a choker, he choked tonight”, said White following UFC 122. Marquardt never seemed to pull the trigger on Saturday’s middleweight main event, and in the end Okami walked away the victor by unanimous decision.
Dana blames the Greg Jackson camp for Marquardt’s troubles.
“Marquardt is such a talented guy, and what I’m seeing is stuff from the Greg Jackson camp, this camp continuously, when these guys fight, their corner is either telling them they’re ahead or they’re winning”, said White.
“I mean, Nate Marquardt sat here tonight and said that he thought he won the fight. Where the [expletive] is his corner? You go into the last round and you’re getting outstruck by a wrestler, and you think you won the fight? And this is consistent with the Greg Jackson camp.”
I’ll admit, when push comes to shove, Nate doesn’t seem to have an answer for well established wrestler’s in the game. Against Silva, he was outclassed by superior technique, both on the feet and grappling, but you can chalk that up to championship jitters. Plus, the bout took place over three years ago.
Against Leites, the 31-year-old was deducted of two-points due to illegal strikes, and lost by split-decision.
In Okami and Sonnen, whom are now regular training partners, Marquardt succumbed to their superior wrestling skills and was unable to negate their momentum.
So, MMA peeps, do you agree with White’s sentiments? Is the Jackson camp feeding the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt false information? Did you have Nate ahead on the score cards or was Okami the clear cut winner? Whatever the case, it’s clear that the dude needs to work on his wrestling. Sound off in the comment section below.
Thanks to MiddleEasy.com for the transcribe and find.