Dana White Says He Would Have Thrown In The Towel For Junior Dos Santos
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.20.2013
But he didn't want to get beat to death by his fans...
At the post-UFC 166 news conference in Houston, Texas (via MMA Junkie), Dana White said that he would have thrown in the towel for Junior Dos Santos at the event. Dos Santos lost in the fifth round via TKO to heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. Here are highlight:
On throwing in the towel: "I would have thrown in the towel. I had Tillman Fertitta, Lorenzo and Frank's cousin, sitting next to me and asking me, 'How does this work? Can you throw in the towel?' I was like, 'That's a good f---ing question. I think if I throw the towel in, I'll get beat to death by his corner and half of the the fans here – and probably next time I (go) to Brazil.' I don't want this to come out the wrong way, but I always like to say if anybody in his f---ing corner cares about him, please, throw in that towel."
On when the fight should have been stopped: "I think that fight should have been stopped in the third. Is Junior dos Santos tough enough and does he have the heart to go through it? Yeah, but does that mean he should? I mean, if you look at the fight, that guy took seven or eight minutes more of punishment that I believe he didn't need to take until it ended. That seven or eight minutes, I don't know, I don't like it. If you watch that third round again, when he's getting hit, his arms are [by his side]. He's not defending himself. He doesn't have his hands up. He's out."
On the JDS/Velasquez rivalry: "Two vicious beatings – vicious. By the end of the first round going into the second, his face was already starting to look different. I mean, Cain beat him up both times real bad."