Cody McKenzie went into the Octagon wearing basketball shorts with the price tag still on them Saturday night and UFC president Dana White "could not be more embarrassed."
"That’s one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen, and it’s even weirder that we let it happen," White said at the press conference following UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Benavidez.
The boss didn’t blame McKenzie, either. He said it’s his staff’s responsibility to check what the fighters are wearing when they walk out to the cage. White had no idea why McKenzie didn’t have real fight shorts. When asked, he simply replied: "Cody."
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"Maybe he was going to fight in his jeans and said ‘well, maybe I should get some shorts - I don’t know," he said. "Cody McKenzie’s a strange dude. But it’s not Cody McKenzie’s fault that happened tonight, it’s the UFC’s fault."
Kevin Iole of Yahoo! tweeted that McKenzie forgot his actual fight shorts at the hotel and someone had to run and pick up a pair across the street or his fight with Sam Stout would have been delayed. That information came from Andy Foster, the California State Athletic Commission executive director. Stout ended up beating McKenzie by unanimous decision.
As if things couldn’t get any stranger, McKenzie wrote ‘907’ in black marker on the shorts. That’s the area code where the ‘Ultimate Fighter’ alum is from in Alaska. So he’s the Aleutian Nick Diaz now.
Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Adam Hill tweeted that McKenzie self-medicated himself after the fight with two shots and some beer, which he spit up on himself.
McKenzie (14-4) is either the hero we don’t deserve or about to get cut from the UFC.
"Pretty embarrassing," White said. "I could not be more embarrassed by this. I don’t even know what to say. We’re stupid. I was pissed."