LAS VEGAS – UFC president Dana White didn’t get lots of assist when he determined to signal Jake Hadley.
Despite coming in a pound over the flyweight restrict, Hadley (8-0) was awarded a UFC deal when he submitted Season 29 “The Ultimate Fighter” alum Mitch Raposo within the second spherical. White was impressed by the unbeaten former Cage Warriors champion and determined to go towards every part he usually preaches about rewarding fighters who miss weight.
“When I left the back room, my instructions were not to sign this guy,” White stated through the DWCS 43 post-fight information convention. “According to Hunter (Campbell), Sean (Shelby) and Mick (Maynard) stormed out of the room when I did and took off tonight, so they’re not happy about it. I just have a gut feeling that this kid has something special, and I broke all my own rules and didn’t listen to what they said. So hopefully I’m right on this, and this kid doesn’t make a d*ckhead out of me.”
White explains that not solely did Hadley miss weight, however he wasn’t very skilled in direction of a number of the UFC workers.
“He wasn’t very friendly,” White stated. “He’s not a very popular guy around here this week. He seemed shocked when I told him that. I just saw him out in the hallway, and I said, ‘Listen, don’t worry about it. Yesterday was yesterday, let’s focus on tomorrow. So let’s make this a great relationship from here on out and let’s do great things together.’ So hopefully that’s the case.”
In his post-fight interview with the media, Hadley chalked it as much as a misunderstanding and certain one thing misplaced in translation on account of cultural variations, however White simply laughed off his notion.
“So everybody this week thought that he was an asshole because there’s a discrepancy between the sense of humor? We got lots of guys from the U.K. here, and that doesn’t happen a lot,” White stated. “Although (Michael) Bisping, Bisping’s right up there, too. But Bisping is part of the family now, he’s been here for so long. People know what they’re getting from Mike.”
When requested if matchmakers will deliberately give Hadley a troublesome highway after he went towards their needs, White stood agency on his determination.
“Probably. Good luck to him, though,” White laughed. “He’s a talented kid. I like the way he fights. He’s super aggressive. I like the way he fights off his back. When’s the last time you saw a kid that busy on his back? I screamed to him, ‘Who the hell is your jiu-jitsu coach? You’re a purple belt? That’s crazy.’ I think he’s special, broke my own rules, pissed off the boys, so we’ll see if I’m right or wrong.”