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1/24/21 3:50 PM
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UFC president Dana White scolded lightweight Michael Chandler for his celebratory backflip, saying “somebody’s going to get f*cking hurt.”

Following his KO win over Dan Hooker in the co-main event of UFC 257, newly-minted UFC lightweight contender Chandler did a backflip off the top of the Octagon fence, and it appeared he had hurt his ankles on the way down. Thankfully he’s fine, but it could have been potentially been really bad had he landed the wrong way, and it had White worried. Chandler is certainly not the first fighter to do a backflip to celebrate — Justin Gaethje also does it on the regular — but every time a fighter does a backflip, it leaves White wincing.

Speaking to reporters following UFC 257, White admitted that he is not a fan of fighters celebrating their victories with a backflip off the top of the Octagon.

“Do you guys hate the backflips as much as I hate the backflips? It’s just f*cking, it’s just — the kid gets his fight in the UFC and does a backflip and it looks like he’s going to blow out his f*cking ankles, his knees, and his spine. I just — I don’t get the backflip thing and I don’t like it. Somebody’s going to get f*cking hurt doing that,” White said.

Certain jurisdictions such as Nevada have explicitly banned backflips from the top of the cage, but it appears there is no such penalty for it in Abu Dhabi, or in many other places the UFC goes as we see backflip celebrations every so often. Following this latest one by Chandler, however, perhaps White will consider instituting a UFC-wide ban on backflips going forward. As exciting as it is to see a guy like Chandler show off his athleticism, it won’t be so much fun if he or any of the other ‘back flippers’ like Gaethje ended up getting hurt.

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Michael Chandler scolded by Dana White for celebratory backflip: “Somebody’s going to get f*cking hurt”

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Michael Chandler knocks out Dan Hooker on UFC debut and tells Khabib: "I'm coming for you"

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He didn’t spank or scold him....  terrible clickbait title

1/24/21 3:56 PM
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and so far nobodys been hurt , the names were changed to protect the innocent 

1/24/21 4:24 PM
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1/24/21 4:31 PM
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It’s stupid. Break dancing like GSP is where it’s at

1/24/21 4:32 PM
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It’s definitely risky.
1/24/21 4:34 PM
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I agree with Dana

1/24/21 4:36 PM
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1/24/21 6:14 PM
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Didn't someone blow out their knee doing it?

1/24/21 6:21 PM
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UFC president Dana White scolded lightweight Michael Chandler for his celebratory backflip, saying “somebody’s going to get f*cking hurt.”

Following his KO win over Dan Hooker in the co-main event of UFC 257, newly-minted UFC lightweight contender Chandler did a backflip off the top of the Octagon fence, and it appeared he had hurt his ankles on the way down. Thankfully he’s fine, but it could have been potentially been really bad had he landed the wrong way, and it had White worried. Chandler is certainly not the first fighter to do a backflip to celebrate — Justin Gaethje also does it on the regular — but every time a fighter does a backflip, it leaves White wincing.

Speaking to reporters following UFC 257, White admitted that he is not a fan of fighters celebrating their victories with a backflip off the top of the Octagon.

“Do you guys hate the backflips as much as I hate the backflips? It’s just f*cking, it’s just — the kid gets his fight in the UFC and does a backflip and it looks like he’s going to blow out his f*cking ankles, his knees, and his spine. I just — I don’t get the backflip thing and I don’t like it. Somebody’s going to get f*cking hurt doing that,” White said.

Certain jurisdictions such as Nevada have explicitly banned backflips from the top of the cage, but it appears there is no such penalty for it in Abu Dhabi, or in many other places the UFC goes as we see backflip celebrations every so often. Following this latest one by Chandler, however, perhaps White will consider instituting a UFC-wide ban on backflips going forward. As exciting as it is to see a guy like Chandler show off his athleticism, it won’t be so much fun if he or any of the other ‘back flippers’ like Gaethje ended up getting hurt.

lol @ exciting to see him show off his athleticism. 

 

he looked like a special olympics contestant on that flip. which is the biggest reason dana was sick about it. that hardly registers in the memory if well executed.

1/24/21 6:25 PM
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Geronimo!!!

1/24/21 6:30 PM
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Lots of people do backflips, this just makes it obvious that BLAF doesn’t like Chandler. 

1/24/21 6:32 PM
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Lots of people do backflips, this just makes it obvious that BLAF doesn’t like Chandler. 


I think Dana actually really likes Chandler, even has a man-crush on him (told his staff after 1 conversation, "I really like this kid, do whatever you have to to sign him), but he's a control freak (although in this case, I think he has a point - stupid risk, 0 reward)

1/24/21 6:34 PM
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Gaethje doing Dana Approved flip

Unapproved attempt

1/24/21 6:51 PM
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If a fighter can get hurt doing the worm, they can definitely get hurt doing a back flip off the top of the cage
1/24/21 7:51 PM
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The entire sport is based on hurting people. Seems like this doesn't elevate the risk factor much. 

1/24/21 7:55 PM
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Goat flip I believe? 

1/24/21 8:30 PM
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I think it is a stupid move.  That hurts my joints looking at that.  Why risk your body doing something like that.  It looks awesome though.  

1/24/21 8:42 PM
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Dana is correct.
1/24/21 8:46 PM
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Can you go to work a do a back flip in to office? No! 

Why not? 

Hey Boss, I just blew out my knee doing a back flip in the office. I need time off now. It was a workplace injury......

1/24/21 8:48 PM
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There's a better one where the dude lands face down and wrecks his balls via impact to the cup