White: ‘I would have thrown in the towel’
It’s possible that sometimes an athlete can be too tough for their own good. Damage taken in a career is cumulative and combat athletes are always at risk for long term effects from damage suffered in their career. At UFC 166 Junior Dos Santos battled Cain Velasquez for a grueling five rounds, and the referee almost intervened in the third round when it looked like Dos Santos was out on his feet several times. Watching cage side, Dana White felt as though it may have been in the best interest of Dos Santos for his corner to throw in the towel:
“I would have thrown in the towel,” White said after the post-event news conference for UFC 166, which took place at Toyota Center in Houston.
That’s something that seldom happens in MMA. To think that it might happen from the corner of dos Santos, a former heavyweight champion who is regarded as the No. 2 fighter in the division, but now one whose Kryptonite apparently is Velasquez, might seem far-fetched.
But White believes that would’ve been best for the Brazilian.
“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?'” White said. “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.”