Thursday, May 6, 2021

Dana White Blames UFC Matchmaker, Not Stephens, For Klose Injury

UFC president Dana White has chimed in on the incident that went down between Jeremy Stephens and Drakkar Klose at the UFC Vegas 24 weigh-ins.

Last weekend, the scheduled bout between Jeremy Stephens and Drakkar Klose was canceled last minute when Klose suffered an injury at the weigh-ins. Stephens pushed Klose at their face-off and as a result, Klose suffered from migraine/headache and nausea. As a result, he was forced to pull out of the fight. UFC president Dana White had some thoughts on the matter.

“I mean there is a rule. I mean that is why we’re there, Sean Shelby missed that one.” White told TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter. “Sean Shelby, you know. Sean and I see the thing differently. I saw it on social media and called him immediately. I was at my daughter’s, I was in Orlando at the ESPN cheerleading competition. I saw the thing happen on social media and I called Sean and was like ‘Dude, where was your head on that one?’”

White is blaming Sean Shelby, the UFC matchmaker who was the one standing between the two fighters when they push happened. Usually, it is White who does this job and has had to step in between fighters on several occasions.

“You know, he was coming in hot, and it is Jeremy Stephens, he’s just a savage,” White continued. “I mean, yeah we’re not standing there to look good and take pictures. We are there to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

There is no word yet on when the fight will be rescheduled, although the plan is for as soon as possible depending on Klose’s health and recovery.

Do you think Sean Shelby is to blame for the push at the UFC Vegas 24 weigh-ins?