The UFC 164 PPV fight card left fans with an array of violent stoppages, a surprising number of which came in the third round of action. Yet while the majority of the bouts were entertaining affairs, there were a couple of duds including the final Facebook prelim between debuting heavyweights Soa Palelei and Nikita Krylov.
The two heavyweights engaged actively for the first three minutes of the bout, where Palelei was in control. Then it appeared that the Australian completely lost his stamina and would spend the remainder of the bout laying on the Ukrainian and expending minimal energy.
The UFC president appeared embarrassed by that performance and was highly critical about both competitors’ performances.
“You don’t want to hear my thoughts on that fight,” UFC President Dana White said to media members following the PPV event. “That fight was embarrassing.That looked like a toughman fight”
White was particularly irritated by the stamina issues and the sloppy performance, stating that it was simply not UFC calibre MMA competition.
“The fight was sloppy. They both looked sloppy. They’re exhausted, and they’re both laying on each other and stuff. You shouldn’t see that s*** in the UFC.”
The fight did have its shining moments, including Palelei’s finish, yet the majority of the bout was a sloppy affair.
“This is the UFC. You shouldn’t see that. Guys should be in shape. But again, it was an entertaining fight. It ended with a knockout. Guy took big shots. It was just an embarrassing fight. You shouldn’t see a sloppy fight like that in the UFC.”
What made the fight less appealing for the fans was the fact that both heavyweights appeared to be exhausted prior to the conclusion of the opening round, which does not bode well for their future in the organization according to White.
“We’ve seen the UFC jitters and adrenaline dump. I mean a lot of things happen when you get to the big show. I don’t know what happened to those two. Was it an entertaining fight? Yeah, it was an entertaining fight, but it was sloppy, and it looked like Toughman to me. They’re just not at this level.”