Sunday, October 2, 2022

Burt Watson Talks About Incident That Led To His UFC Departure

As reported last week, a behind-the-scenes incident led to Burt Watson’s UFC departure after a 14-year run with the promotion. However, according to Watson, the incident was not with a member of Ronda Rousey’s camp as was originally reported.

Instead, Watson, who spoke about the subject on Monday’s edition of “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani at MMAFighting.com, insisted that it was an authority figure who he had a dispute with.

While the authority figure is still unknown, Watson did reveal that the incident had something to do with him being questioned as to how he handled the issue of Mark Munoz missing weight heading into his UFC 184 bout with Roan Carneiro.

Below is an excerpt from Watson’s interview on Helwani’s show that sheds some light on the subject:

“There was a situation where one of the fighters that didn’t make weight was sent back to the weigh-in areas, where I wait for the fighters. I waited for the fighter for about an hour. When I finally got the fighter and put him on the scale, I was satisfied because he made weight. Now, keep in mind that the arena is 10 minutes away from the hotel. As I normally do, I have my guys take the fighter and the camp back to the hotel. Well, somewhere between me making sure that the fighter made weight and getting back to the hotel, there was, somehow, and I really don’t know, that supposedly the fighter didn’t have a way back to the hotel. Which, still I can’t tell you because I don’t know. I would say that maybe an hour later, someone approached me to address that. And they approached me about it wrongly. Because number one, I knew that I had just seen the fighter and he had just made weight. And ultimately, we were close enough to make sure that everyone got back from the arena. So I was caught off guard with that. I was approached, and it was not in the proper manner. At least I didn’t think I was approached in the proper manner and I was questioned about my work and the way I handled things. That’s the way I felt and I didn’t appreciate it and I didn’t approve of it. And I knew that the fighter was safe, he was not in any kind of detriment and I knew that it was a done deal. And that’s what happened baby.”

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