We recently covered Sage Northcutt's loss last week and the fact that he had previously spent two days in the hospital with a bad strep throat prior to the fight. UFC president Dana White now openly admits that he shouldn't have let the man get in the Octagon as he most likely wasn't fully recovered yet.
Here's what he said on the Big Boy show:
"The kid was super sick and he still wanted to fight. His father said, listen we still want to take the fight, we still want to take the fight. I should have pulled the kid from the fight. He's 19 years old, he fought three times in [four] months. I should have pulled the kid from the fight."
Battling through his illness, Northcutt went down to Bryan Barberena via second-round arm triangle last Saturday night at UFC on FOX 18 in Newark.
Only 19 years old, it took a lot of guts to subject himself to the physicality of an MMA fight while being incredibly sick. Here's what he said about how he felt that night...
"I've never felt like that ever before. Not just the breathing. It felt like I couldn't concentrate. I wasn't my normal self. I was having a real hard time hearing. Like, you can imagine if you fly on an airplane and your ears get stuffed up where they have to pop? It felt like that but times two or three, where I couldn't even hear my coaches, what they were saying. Even face-to-face, I couldn't hear anything.
"Coming up in the week for the UFC, I always try to keep a smile on my face and act like there's nothing going on, so that way no one would know that I was even sick or anything like that. The UFC knew I was sick because I had to go to the emergency clinic. But really, I was just laying down in bed and sleeping the whole time coming into the event, besides going out and doing the media that I got do to and had to do for the UFC."
"The kid really wanted to fight and I let him fight," White said on Big Boy's show. "He was sick as hell. I blew it."
Sometimes, you gotta listen to your instincts rather than the instincts of a 19 year old in that scenario. It's difficult to make that call, but it's good to see that Dana White is admitting that he was wrong.
What would you have done if you were in Dana's shoes?