Trevor Wittman Responds to Dana White’s Criticism

By Mitch Ciccarelli

Following a unanimous-decision loss to the love child of William Hung and Liu Kang (from Mortal Kombat), Yushin Okami, at UFC 122 this past November, Nate Marquardt and his cornermen received some heavy criticism from UFC President Dana White.

White called Marquardt a “choke artist” and accused his corner of telling the former King of Pancrase that he was winning the fight rather than telling the middleweight contender to “go for broke” in the third round of a bout that may not have been scored in his favor.

Trevor Wittman, the owner and operator of Grudge Training Center in Colorado and one of MMA’s premier striking coaches, was in Marquardt’s corner for that fight.

A lot of what White said was directed towards him, and while one would assume that Wittman would feel insulted, he actually applauds White for speaking his mind in the way that he did.

“The thing is I think it’s great. For [Dana White] to push for more exciting fights, I think, is the best thing he can say. He’s out there pushing his brand, he’s a promoter, he’s promoting fights so for him to say something like that is great,” Wittman said.

“Now do I think he talks a little bit emotional? I think so, and I do [that] too, I’m passionate about what I do. I’m not mad at him at all for saying what he said, it wakes me and Greg [Jackson] up a little bit and gets our fire going and makes us more passionate to show you what kind of trainers we are and what type of team we have.”


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