Rohskopf, who was undefeated in five professional fights before Saturday, does not look quite ready to compete at the highest level. But while UFC president Dana White has never hesitated to take on some harsh words to someone he feels deserves it, he was not on the battery Rohskopf.
“Let me tell you what: In this (expletive) sport, if you’re done, you’re done,” White told reporters, including MMA Junkie at the post-fight press conference at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. “You really need to be able to quit smoking. I know this is frowned upon, but guess what? Someone who does not talk (expletive) about you to stop smoking is not there fighting. It is easy to be a critic. With these children, it is a whole other level, man. … When you arrive here, it is a whole other level, man.”
Several years ago, the White had dreams of becoming a boxer in his hometown of Boston. It has no outside, and it was instead launched on the path that led him to become the president of the UFC. As someone who is not a fighter, he is not to rip someone like Rohskopf, who has chased after his dream, but he does not get all the way there.
“I thought at the time that I was a fighter and I wanted to do this and that, and one day I discovered that I was not,” said White. “The realization was that I was not. When you find it, you need to walk away. I’m not saying that this is the case with this kid. But if this child felt he had to leave tonight, who the (expletive) is this someone to be the judge on that? He had the balls to come here and fight and take a short notice fight in the UFC.”
If Roshkopf continues his fight career is something he will have to find out by himself. But White has finished his thoughts with a sharp message for all those who might be tempted to kick Roshkopf while he is down.
“You have to get up tomorrow and look at himself in the mirror and understand who he is and what he wants to do,” White said. “There is no shame to get here and find that you are not this. There is no shame in that. He gave it a shot, didn’t work. Any person who tries to make fun of a child like that, (expletive) you. Come and try it. Just try and do what he did tonight. Very few people can do it.”