UFC President Dana White was much acrophobic with the Canelo Álvarez combat during Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza’s women’s strawweight rubric combat astatine UFC 274 this past weekend.
White was pictured cageside during the rubric bout watching the Canelo Álvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol airy heavyweight rubric bout connected 1 of his monitors. Check that photograph retired present below.
In White’s defense, Namajunas and Esparza enactment connected 1 of the astir uneventful UFC rubric fights successful caller memory. Both women were reluctant to engage, successful regards to striking, for the bulk of the contest. Esparza did, however, negociate to get immoderate takedowns during the fight.
It is besides imaginable that White’s superior absorption was inactive connected the Esparza/Namajunas fight, arsenic his regard successful the supra photograph appears to beryllium situated connected the strawweight rubric fight. However, White himself did admit during the post-fight property league that helium ‘zoned out’ during the rubric fight.
When it was each said and done, Esparza got her manus raised via divided determination to unseat Namajunas from the 115-pound throne. Esparza again defeated Namajunas to go a UFC strawweight champion, arsenic she did backmost successful 2014 to triumph the inaugural title.
Despite the rubric change, the assemblage was not impressed, booing some during and aft the fight, voicing their vexation with the deficiency of action. After the fight, Esparza spoke connected the deficiency of enactment during the bout, stating that Namajunas’ reluctance to prosecute was to blasted for the lackluster contest.
“I judge my coaches told maine that I was winning, I deliberation they said she was going to beryllium a small spot harmless successful that past round,” Esparza explained.
“I’m not excessively sure, successful that past circular I was conscionable similar ‘oh my gosh, I wanna bash more, I truly privation to acceptable successful the eyes of the judges’. I hatred to accidental it this way, but it’s hard to combat idiosyncratic who doesn’t wanna fight.”
Canelo vs. Bivol surely contained a batch much action. Bivol became the archetypal antheral to decision Álvarez wrong the boxing ringing since Floyd Mayweather Jr. successful 2013. The Russian retained his airy heavyweight titles implicit Álvarez via unanimous determination to amended his cleanable grounds to 20-0.
What bash you deliberation astir Dana White having Canelo vs. Bivol connected his show during the Namajunas vs. Esparza fight? Sound disconnected successful the comments!