White: UFC roster is too full
Saturday nightt at UFC 166, John Dodson earned the Knockout of the Night, sending Darrell Montague plummeting face first to the canvas. In a post-fight interview, Dodson said he needed to, so he could get work – Dodson, ranked #2 in the word as a flyweight, had not fought in six months.
“I had to do something spectacular,” said Dodson as transcribed by BleacherReport. “If I wanted to get back on another card and fight soon, I’ve got to end this one – win it the way that I just did, and show Dana White and all of the UFC that I’m a badass, throw me in another fight. I don’t care if it’s going to be two weeks, three weeks. I’m going to be ready to go.”
“Please don’t put me on the bench. Don’t put me on the bench for another six months. I want to go within two or one … one day. I don’t care. Just give me somebody. I want to fight.”
At the UFC 166 post fight media scrum, UFC president Dana White was asked why Dodson was shelved for six months, and he had a simple answer – there are too many fighters relative to the number of cards.
“I keep telling you guys our roster is too full,” said White as transcribed by MMAMania. “Every time after a show we cut a guy, and they’re like, ‘F— you, Dana White. You’re an idiot. This guy is – shut the f— up. Let us run our business. The roster’s too full, and we want to be good to guys that deserve to be good to.
“We want to be good to the guys who deserve us being good to. Guys like Okami, I like Okami a lot, he’s a great guy. But when guys lose, when guys are at certain points in their career, or whatever it might be, guys have to be cut to thin this roster out, so guys like Dodson can continue to fight.
“We are in a situation where if a guy doesn’t fight, we still have to pay them. That’s not good either. Guys want to fight. Guys like Dodson want to stay busy and active. They want to fight.”
If the president of the company thinks he has too many fighters, he has several options.
•Keep too many fighters, and give fighters less fights.
•Put on more fights.
•Cut the roster.
What route do you think the UFC is likely to take?