White says if it was up to him, he would have thrown in the towel in the third round to make sure dos Santos would be good to go for future fights.
"I would have thrown in the towel," White said after the post-event news conference for UFC 166, which took place at Toyota Center in Houston.
White admits that if his corner had thrown in the towel, the fans on hand would have probably been upset. After all, they had paid good money to watch the conclusion of one of the greatest trilogies in UFC history.
"I had Tillman Fertitta, Lorenzo and Frank's cousin, sitting next to me and asking me, 'How does this work? Can you throw in the towel?'" White said. "I was like, 'That's a good f---ing question. I think if I throw the towel in, I'll get beat to death by his corner and half of the the fans here – and probably next time I (go) to Brazil.'
"I don't want this to come out the wrong way, but I always like to say if anybody in his f---ing corner cares about him, please, throw in that towel."
Herb Dean is one of the best referees in the business, but he may have let dos Santos take a bit too much punishment at UFC 166.
"I think that fight should have been stopped in the third," White told MMAjunkie.com. "Is Junior dos Santos tough enough and does he have the heart to go through it? Yeah, but does that mean he should? I mean, if you look at the fight, that guy took seven or eight minutes more of punishment that I believe he didn't need to take until it ended. That seven or eight minutes, I don't know, I don't like it.
"... If you watch that third round again, when he's getting hit, his arms are [by his side]. He's not defending himself. He doesn't have his hands up. He's out."
There's no other way to describe the punishment dos Santos took at the hands of Velasquez as anything other than a "vicious beating," and that's exactly what White said about the fight.
"Two vicious beatings – vicious," White said of the latter two fights between Velasquez and dos Santos, in what was called the greatest rivalry in UFC heavyweight history. "By the end of the first round going into the second, his face was already starting to look different. I mean, Cain beat him up both times real bad."