Alessio Di Chirico had picked up maybe the most important win of his blended martial arts profession and saved his job within the course of. The feelings have been visibly overwhelming.
As Di Chirico (13-5 MMA, 4-5 UFC) sat crouched over within the cage, his UFC on ABC 1 opponent, Joaquin Buckley, was helped to his toes, knowledgeable what had occurred, and positioned on a stool.
Di Chirico wasn’t speculated to win that struggle. A sizeable underdog, Di Chirico had cranked Buckley with a style of his personal drugs – a head kick – earlier than ending the struggle. The win snapped a three-fight dropping streak for the Italian.
When Di Chirico walked to the again for the post-fight information convention, nevertheless, he stunned reporters by declining to take any additional questions.
“It was a pleasant struggle, however guys, I’m sorry,” Di Chirico stated after MMA Junkie’s John Morgan requested the primary query. “I’m sorry, however I promised myself I’d not do that interview. I don’t like that you just solely interview the winner on this sport. This sport is made by two folks all the time, a winner and a loser. So I don’t like this. I recognize your job, however I need to ship this message. Thanks, guys.”
Having had time to mirror on the choice to exit the post-fight information convention with out answering questions, Di Chirico has a barely totally different perspective and desires to make clear his stance. As a fighter who was on a skid, Di Chirico hoped he would shed some mild on a perceived tradition of “What have you ever accomplished for me recently?” in MMA reporting.
“I’d prefer to make issues clear,” Di Chirico instructed MMA Junkie in Italian throughout a current interview by means of a translator. “There was no disrespect in any respect in the direction of you and your colleagues’ work. I hope there’s no misunderstanding about that. I feel, I firmly consider this sport is one of the best sport on the planet as a result of each fighter places one thing particular into his journey. Each camp is one thing very close to to the definition of hell. You’re feeling the strain in your group, your loved ones, your followers. Typically you struggle at your greatest and you continue to lose. Typically the judges suppose you misplaced the struggle, however perhaps you have been the winner, (and) it’s just like the world falls over your head.
“So I feel it will be honest to place some lights to the blokes who lose their fights, as properly – if they’re in good well being, clearly. That’s it. I didn’t imply it is best to interview a knocked-out man from his stretcher. I’m sorry if my English generally just isn’t 100 p.c clear. I’m coaching on that, too. … It’s not a campaign for me. I used to be emotional. I’m a sportsman. I deeply respect each man who’s sharing the octagon with me. I do know the ache they undergo as a result of I’ve been in that (expletive) greater than as soon as.”
Viewers and reporters weren’t the one ones stunned by Di Chirico’s resolution. Following the occasion, UFC president Dana White weighed in on Di Chirico’s walk-off – in addition to a separate encounter he had with the fighter backstage.
“I simply came upon that that child was mad,” White told reporters. “Did you guys speak to him? What the…? I simply heard that. That’s the craziest (expletive) I’ve ever heard. I noticed him within the again. I walked by him and his group and stated, ‘Hey, congratulations.’ They checked out me like, ‘(What) the (expletive) you need?’ Severely, they actually checked out me like I misplaced. I checked out Brian, and I stated, ‘Man, that’s an sad crew.’ Apparently they didn’t know they gained.”
Maybe most of all, Di Chirico feels unhealthy in regards to the encounter along with his boss. It was all a misunderstanding, based on Di Chirico, who has since apologized to White.
“Man, what a disgrace. I’m so sorry he might have thought like this,” Di Chirico stated. “I don’t suppose there might have been somebody happier than me and my group everywhere in the world at that second – whole misunderstanding. I used to be drained. It was the top of a three-fight dropping streak. I needed to deal with a lot strain, so I most likely couldn’t smile. However consider me, I barely keep in mind what occurred simply after the struggle. It’s OK proper now. I apologized to Dana and Mick (Maynard) by means of my supervisor. I used to be the happiest man in Abu Dhabi, consider me.”
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