‘It Should Never Happen’- Dana White Criticizes Sean Shelby for His Role During Face-Off

Published 04/20/2021, 6:44 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 17: UFC president Dana White interacts with media during the UFC Fight Night press conference at UFC APEX on September 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


The lightweight fight between Jeremy Stephens and Drakkar Klose was called off last weekend after Klose suffered an injury as a result of a push from Stephens on the weigh-in face-offs. The hard-hitting duo was set to co-main event of the UFC Fight Night card headlined by Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum.

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UFC President Dana White was not present during the face-offs. Rather, it was Sean Shelby standing between the fighters to prevent any unwanted incidents. But his effort was clearly not good enough as ‘Lil Heathen’ almost pushed his opponent off the stage. Further development was stopped as security intervened.

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In an interview with TSN, White said, “There is a rule. I mean, that’s why we’re there. Sean Shelby missed that one Sean Shelby. You know what, 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.

Yeah. I saw the thing happen on social media and I called Seann I was like, Dude, what do you what- what were Where was your head on that one? Do you know he was coming in hot and it’s Jeremy Stephens?

“He’s a savage. I mean, yeah, that’s we’re not standing there to look good and take pictures we’re there to make sure that doesn’t happen,” added the UFC President.

When asked on updates about Klose’s injury and if the company is looking to re-book the fight as soon as possible, White said, “He’s a young, healthy guy. Oh, he’ll get better but it’s just unfortunate and it’s -it’s it should never happen.”

Should Dana White rebook Jeremy Stephens vs Drakkar Klose?

Stephens and Klose are both coming off knockout losses in their last fight. Klose was stopped by Beneil Dariush in a back-and-forth contest. Stephens, on the other hand, was on the receiving end of a spectacular knockout by Calvin Kattar. But both fighters are super entertaining and exceptionally skilled by their own merit.

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The fight should be a barn burner whenever it takes place. One can only hope the company decided to rebook it as soon as Klose is good to go again. It is an important fight in the lightweight division and will have some extra heat involved after the recent saga between both fighters.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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