Max Rohskopf had the braveness to step in and take his first UFC combat on six days’ discover.
It didn’t go properly because the 25-year-old light-weight took a two-round beating from Austin Hubbard within the opening combat of Saturday night time’s UFC on ESPN 11 card. Towards his nook’s objections, he then opted out of the combat, giving Hubbard what goes into the books as a TKO win.
Rohskopf, who was undefeated in 5 skilled fights earlier than Saturday, doesn’t look fairly able to compete on the very best stage. However whereas UFC president Dana White by no means has hesitated to shoot harsh phrases at anybody he feels deserves them, he wasn’t about to pile on Rohskopf.
“Let me let you know what: On this (expletive) sport, if you happen to’re achieved, you’re achieved,” White informed reporters, together with MMA Junkie, on the post-fight information convention on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. “You must completely have the ability to stop. I do know that it’s frowned upon, however guess what? Anyone that will speak (expletive) about you quitting isn’t in there preventing. It’s actual simple to be a critic. With what these children do, it is a complete ‘nother stage, man. … Whenever you get right here, it is a complete completely different stage, man.”
A few years in the past, White had desires of turning into a boxer in his hometown of Boston. It didn’t pan out, and he as an alternative launched on the trail that led him to turn into UFC president. As somebody who didn’t make it as a fighter, he’s not about to tear somebody like Rohskopf, who chased after his dream however didn’t get all the way in which there.
“I believed again within the day that I used to be a fighter and needed to do that and that, and in the future I discovered that I wasn’t,” White stated. “The belief was that I wasn’t. Whenever you discover out, it’s good to stroll away. I’m not saying that’s the case with this child. But when that child felt like he wanted to stop tonight, who the (expletive) is anyone to evaluate him on that? He had the balls to come back right here and combat and take a short-notice combat within the UFC.”
Whether or not Roshkopf continues along with his combat profession is one thing he’ll have to determine for himself. However White completed his ideas with a pointed message for anybody who is perhaps tempted to kick Roshkopf whereas he’s down.
“He’s gotta stand up tomorrow and look himself within the mirror and work out who he’s and what he needs to do,” White stated. “There isn’t a disgrace in getting right here and discovering out that you simply’re not it. There’s no disgrace in that in any respect. He gave it a shot, didn’t work out. Anyone who would attempt to ridicule a child like that, (expletive) you. Come attempt it. Come attempt to do what he did tonight. Only a few folks can do it.”