White Implores Rockhold, Not Sanchez To Retire
It was not a good night for many at UFC 239, especially Luke Rockhold and Diego Sanchez.
Sanchez would face a human buzzsaw in the form of Michael Chiesa, who would dominate the UFC legend for all three rounds of an eventual Chiesa unanimous decision win.
”I love Diego Sanchez,” White said. “I love everything about Diego Sanchez. When you talk about somebody who was put on this earth to fight, it’s what this kid was born to do. He loves it so much. And you saw tonight, the way he was treated by the fans. The fans love this guy.”
“And Chiesa is going to be scary at this weight. He was huge and every time Diego tried to grapple with him, he couldn’t. He was overpowered. Chiesa fought a good fight. Diego’s like … 14 years, he’s been in the UFC. It’s amazing. Listen, he’s not getting, it’s not like he got viciously knocked out.”
On person White believes should end their career as a fighter is former middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold, who would not only get stopped by Jan Blachowicz in his light heavyweight debut, but break his jaw for the second time in his career.
”Like, I’ll give you an example, I think Luke Rockhold should talk about hanging it up,” White continued. “He broke his jaw tonight. So that’s a second broken jaw, he has been knocked out viciously a few times here. Shin is all banged up, he had to have a skin graph and all kinds of stuff. He has had a good career, he’s been a great fighter, I’d like to see him hang it up.”
“And he’s got another career that he’s actually doing well at. Everybody’s a f**k*ng model, right? ‘I’m a model, I’m a model.’ That guy’s really modeling for Ralph Lauren. So good for him.”
Another fighter reporters asked White about during the post-fight presser was Holly Holm, who suffered a first round KO loss to bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.
“Listen, I don’t want to start going retirement crazy in here,” Dana said. “You know, she has had an amazing career. She is one of the sweetest human beings you can ever meet. And if you follow her on Instagram, she trains like a beast. She’s almost 40-years-old and she’s in ridiculous shape. The things that this woman can do physically with like the rings, gymnastics and all that stuff is phenomenal.”
”She’s an incredible athlete, she’s an incredible human being,” he said.
“I think that she needs to take a look at, you know, what’s next for her and what she thinks – and I’m just saying that because I care about her. I care about her as a person. She’s amazing, so, I don’t know. Something we should probably talk about.”
Quotes: MMA Mania