The UFC were so eager to impress their new business partners in Abu Dhabi back in 2010 that they brought UFC 112 there and headlined with one of their biggest stars, middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
However, Silva’s bout with Demian Maia proved to a bizarre spectacle, with Silva spending more time showboating and taunting his opponent than fighting.
Dana White watched from cage-side in disbelief, then refused to put the title belt around Silva’s waist afterward, instead storming backstage to the media, where he’d brand the star’s performance, “a disgrace.”
”I don’t think I’ve ever been more embarrassed in the 10 years of being in this business,” White fumed. “It was the most horrible thing I have ever seen.
” If you’re that talented, be Mike Tyson. go in there and finish. I’m so blown away and disgusted and saddened.”
Even several days later White was still a blazing ball of fury as he threatened to put Silva on the chopping block if he ever fought like that again.
”If he ever acts like that again in the ring I will cut him,” White told Jim Rome on ESPN. “I don’t care if he’s the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. I don’t care if he’s the middleweight champion. I will cut him, absolutely.”