Lots of people just like to post the gif and call him stupid, but I wanted to talk a little bit more about Kalib Starnes’ performance at UFC. As you know, Starnes spent the entire night backpeddling during his fight with Nate Quarry, and didn’t do a single effective thing during the entire bout. Quarry kicked the shit out of his leg and stepped in to deliver short bursts of striking, but was never able to corner Starnes and simply seemed unwilling to risk getting caught ‘chasing’ after the guy. In short, the fight sucked balls, but was instantly redeemed as a fight I’ll never forget because over the last 30 seconds Quarry mocked Starnes with mime running and what I like to call ‘the retarded elephant’. He even did it again after the final bell.
There’s some people out there saying that Quarry shouldn’t have done that, especially after the fight. They seem to feel like once a fight is over all hostility should immediately just disappear into the ether as if it never existed. To me though, I actually think what Starnes did was worse than any kind of smack talk or disrespect before the fight. After mulling it over I came to a simple conclusion: going into a fight and then not fighting is perhaps the shittiest thing you can do to your opponent.
Nate Quarry spent months training for this fight. And that’s not easy training either … fighters often say the actual match is the easy part, it’s kicking your ass day in day out during training that’s the real bitch. To spend all that time working and training and eating bullshit food and sucking back endless supplements and suffering through making weight, and then get into the cage with someone who backpedals for 15 minutes must be FUCKING INFURIATING.
Dana White said it best during the post-event conference: “Kalib Starnes is going to wake up tomorrow and wish he’d fought a different fight.” Honestly, it’ll be a miracle if we see this guy back in the UFC after that performance. It’s hard to imagine a way he could have performed worse. Perhaps if he had ended the fight with a Mark Kerr style takedown which resulted in knocking himself out? Not even, because at least then we could have said he tried something at the end. But to do nothing … to do absolutely nothing … it’s mind boggling.