UFC President Dana White shared his take on Austen Lane, who hit Richard Jacobi with a nasty low blow.
Lane took on Jacobi in a heavyweight match in “Dana White’s Contender Series” last Saturday. After previously being defeated by Greg Hardy in the show’s second season, the 34-year-old Florida native returned to make a statement.
Jacobi was largely overpowered by his opponent but was hit with a vicious low blow. He fired through the shot before being finished off by TKO in the opening round of the contest.
During the post-fight press conference, White commented on the hit that made Jacobi cry out in pain on the mat.
“Yeah, that’s right up there with the most brutal low hits ever,” White said. “It was a nasty blow. Yes, that was one of the worst.”
Raul Rosas Jr. was booked on the same card as Lane and Jacobi. He required a special license from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) to compete on the show because he was underage. “El Nino Problema” put on a dominant performance and earned a UFC contract from White, becoming the youngest fighter in promotion history at 17.
White shared his analysis of what he saw of Rosas Jr. on his outing with Mando Gutierrez and expressed his excitement at the arrival of the new prospect.
“This fight was great for these two guys, it was good for both of them. You have a guy who’s 6-0 now and Mando was 7-1 then,” White said. “What a war, what a technical fight. Both boys pushed each other as hard as they could. For a 17-year-old to behave like that in this fight blew my mind, blew it.”
White highlighted Rosas Jr.’s exciting talents as a grappler, using his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills to find a solution in any situation.
“That’s one of the things that impressed me the most. I loved how active he was. He’s not one of those guys who’s a jiu-jitsu guy who just lies around and whatever. He always wants something, how skilled he is, how he takes his back. If you get his back, how he get out of there. I was just amazed by everything the boy did tonight, especially his cardio.
A reporter claimed White was spotted laughing at the incident on the show and asked him if he found it funny. White responded to the contrary, arguing that Jacobi should have taken full time out to recover from the groin strike.
“I promise you I wasn’t laughing,” White continued. “If I laughed, it was probably because of something else. Nobody laughs when they see this, I guarantee you that. That was bad. He should have taken the full five minutes.”
White signed Lane after winning at the UFC.