Dana White: “Diego Lost That Fight; the Judge Should Never Be Judging Fights Again”

June 11, 2014
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UFC President Dana WhiteNearly everyone, save for Diego Sanchez and his supporters, was up in arms when the scorecards were read following Sanchez’s fight with Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 42 on Saturday night in Albuquerque, N.M.

The general consensus following the fight was that Pearson clearly won at least two of the three round, with most people seeming to think he won all three.

But when the scorecards were read, jaws crashed to the floor, as the judges gave a split-decision nod to Sanchez on his home turf.

What especially rocked most spectators was judge Jeff Collins’ scoring. He scored all three rounds in Sanchez’s favor. Even the judge that scored it 29-28 for Sanchez couldn’t justify giving the New Mexican the second round, in which Pearson dropped Sanchez to the canvas. Collins, however, did. (Click here to see the official scorecard.)

It immediately became regarded as one of the worst decisions in MMA history. Pearson’s camp is even reportedly filing an appeal.

The scoring, of course, didn’t go unnoticed by UFC president Dana White, who told UFC.com on Tuesday that he believed Collins should never be allowed to judge another fighter of this caliber.

He also said that, having reviewed the fight, he is going to give Pearson the $30,000 win bonus he should have gotten had the judges scored the bout in his favor.

“Diego lost that fight. The judge who judged that fight should never be judging fights again. He never should be judging fights of this caliber. He needs to go back down into the amateurs and really learn how to judge a fight,” said White.

“First of all, you gave every round to Diego, who got dropped in the second round. It was a knockdown; how does Diego win that round? It’s not possible. I don’t know how you can vote against him, but it goes to show that you’re never safe. That’s as bad as it gets.”

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  • Joe

    People hate on Dana all the time, but their is not many people running businesses that size that will tell an employee that the government just screwed you out of 30k, but we are giving it to you anyway. I’ve never heard of any other promotion giving a guy his win bonus because he got pencil whipped.

    • Gary Fredericks

      Likely because this pillaging of Ross Pearson’s victory played out in the court of public opinion (Read: Pontential paying PPV customers). I had to look at my program guide to see I was watching the UFC and NOT the WWE after the winner of that fight was announced.

  • Don’t hate on Dana. What a good man

  • riverdawg

    Thats awesome! I had a Feeling Dana was going to still give Ross his win bonus. Dana White is far from perfect but he isn’t bad as people make him out to be. Haters are always saying all he cares about is making money, and here he is handing out 30K plus Diego’s unearned win bonus mind you, ultimately because he feels bad Ross got screwed. He could have just said tuff luck buddy, but he made it right.

    • Maven

      Did the same thing when Shogun lost to Machida in their first fight, and it was way more $.

  • R

    Look at all the sheep rushing to defend Dana White. LOL!

    • Lt. Dangle

      Go watch Bellator queer.

  • Dan

    Well said PRES….

  • MuayThaiFood

    I don’t know how Diego doesn’t get that win. The whole fight he was trying to finish Pearson with mean mugging alone. Some people failed to factor that in.

  • Conner

    Dana White-Blah, blah, blah; we-eh!

  • David Huenecke

    I didn’t get to see the fight but it must’ve been pretty bad for Dana to give him the win bonus after the fact.

  • Brent

    I was at the fights in Albuquerque, NM. The crowd was obviously pro-Diego, but that was freaking highway robbery. Pearson fought the perfect fight against a brawler. It was textbook. Wasn’t the most exciting, but he executed his game plan. Diego has lost a step and has been in a lot of wars. It shows. He came forward but didn’t do anything. Ross was schooling him and displayed superior foot work and speed. Good for Dana paying him the bonus!

  • holyshitballs

    Kinda reminds me of forrest vs rampage fight..where forrest got dropped almost every round…and still won.

    • Christian

      Well, you are either an idiot or have a bad memory. Rampage dropped him in the first round only, a round Forrest was winning. In the next round Forrest delivered a kick that gave Rampage a hairline fracture of his femur, led to a 10-8 round and affected his ability there on out. The decision was Unanimous, fight metric had Forrest out striking Rampage, Forrest had the only submission attempts…let it go.

  • Mark McDowall

    Call Dana what you will…but this kind of stuff makes him and the UFC brass a bunch of good guys. Unfortunately they had to pay Diego his win bonus too…but oh well.

    Also moving on as if Ross won is a good thing. But will they treat Diego as if he lost…again?? I think he will be lucky if he is on the main card next time he fights.

  • julian moran

    Gomi got cheated of a win against Sanchez as well.

    • Spencer

      so did Kampman! That dudes got to be paying or blowing somebody

  • pogodog

    Did everyone see the look on Diego’s face when he found out that he was declared the winner? He actually though he deserved to win. He must have taken too many hits to the noggin.