‘That pissed me off’ — UFC president Dana White unhappy with Clay Guida’s fake retirement

Dana White says Clay Guida upset him with a fake retirement in his post-fight interview.

By: Kristen King | 2 months ago
‘That pissed me off’ — UFC president Dana White unhappy with Clay Guida’s fake retirement
Dana White at the press conference for UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Allen | IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

Dana White was ‘pissed’ with Clay Guida after his fight against Rafa García at UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Allen this past Saturday. The ‘Carpenter’ lost to García via unanimous decision, and signaled a potential retirement. Guida waited around after the judges’ scorecards were read and removed his gloves, which led to UFC color commentator Daniel Cormier approaching him for a post-fight interview

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“Clay, you took your gloves off. Are you walking away from the game?,” asked Cormier. 

“What do you say, Kansas City? Let me hear you guys,” responded Guida. “What do you say, Kansas City? DC, I tricked you guys. There ain’t no way I’m walking away yet. I want to congratulate this young man, Rafa García, and I want to ask Rafa García to trade gloves with me because that was a heck of a performance by him.”

Guida then gave shoutouts to ‘some very special people’ at the T-Mobile Center, one of whom happened to be his mother. He wished her a happy birthday before Cormier slowly started removing the microphone away from Guida. 

The post-fight interview ended, and the event went on without further delays. But the fact that there was one caused by Guida and his ’trick’ irked White.

“That pissed me off, to be honest with you,” said White during his post-fight press conference. “That pissed me off. I like [Clay Guida], he’s a nice guy, but you’re faking you’re retirement so you can say f-cking happy birthday to somebody? We’re running a live event here, you know what I mean? I was not happy about that. 

“I don’t know what he was—he was saying happy birthday to somebody or something,” continued White. “That was not good.”

Dana White addresses the real retirements of Zak Cummings and Ed Herman

Though Guida was not announcing his retirement, two UFC veterans did after their all-action affair on the preliminary portion of the event. Zak Cummings returned to the Octagon after a nearly three-year hiatus due to injury against Ed Herman

The former Ultimate Fighter competitor walloped ‘Short Fuse’ from pillar to post until he sealed the deal with a third-round TKO. At the end of the fight, Cummings and Herman removed their gloves and announced their retirements.

To White, those retirements were worthy of post-fight interviews. The UFC president sang their praises, and sent Cummings and Herman on their way with a special gift.  

“The kid [Ed Herman] is so tough and has so much heart. I like him a lot,” said White. “Both guys. For Cummings to come in here tonight, in front of his hometown and do it the way he did it. It’s so hard for these guys for many reasons, but most importantly, the money. To just say, especially after a win, to say, ‘You know what? Tonight’s the perfect ending to a great career.’ It’s hard to do, and I got a lot of respect that that’s the way he did it tonight. He made the right choice. I agree with what he did. 

“And for a guy like Ed Herman, not only to get in the UFC, but to stay here for as long as he did, he’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever known,” continued White. “He’s a tough, durable, face anybody, grit it out dog. I respect him a lot—both of them. I wish them both good luck. I gave them both $50k tonight, too.” 

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Kristen King
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Kristen King is a writer for Bloody Elbow. She has covered combat sports since 2016, getting her start with outlets such as FanSided, MyMMANews and MMA-Prospects. She joined the BE team in 2020, covering a mix of news, events and injuries. In her time with BE, Kristen has created ‘Fright of the Night,’ a series that highlights some of the worst injuries in the sport.

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