UFC Admits Dana White Breached Protocol, Had No Authority to Remove Judge in Macao

August 26, 2014
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Dana WhiteWhile many fans and fighters upset about poor judging decisions over the past few years let out a near-unanimous cheer when they found out UFC president Dana White removed a judge following two consecutive controversial decisions at UFC Fight Night Macao on Saturday, the move caused consternation for those that cried foul that a UFC executive could influence the regulation of the event.

The move came just two fights into the event in Macao, China, an event that the UFC self regulates.

The UFC regularly self regulates international events when there is no local sanctioning body available, as there is in most locations in the United States. When there is a regulatory body in place, the UFC defers to that body.

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So what’s the problem with White making such a move when he’s self regulating, right?

The thing is, in order to try and uphold the sanctity of objectivity when it comes to the regulatory process, which can affect the outcome of a bout, the UFC set up its self-regulatory process to try and keep it as close to simulating an independent regulatory body as possible.

The UFC has its own body of internal regulators, headed by highly respected former Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Marc Ratner, that act independently of any other UFC official.

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Which means that White, nor any other UFC executive, has the authority to do what he did in Macao.

The UFC on Tuesday admitted that White was in breach of the UFC’s protocol, apologizing for the transgression.

“After an internal review, the UFC organization announced today that a breach of its independent regulatory protocol occurred on Saturday night during UFC FIGHT NIGHT MACAO,” read a statement at UFC.com.

“After the second fight of the night, UFC President Dana White requested that Howard Hughes, one of the event’s five assigned judges, be removed from working any further bouts. Pursuant to UFC’s protocol, neither White nor any other UFC executive possesses such authority. Nevertheless, protocol was breached and Hughes did not work further bouts on Saturday night.

“The UFC organization has always been in support of government regulation and oversight. Additionally, the UFC has established a protocol when required to self-regulate events due to the lack of an official athletic commission, federation or other regulatory body.  In those instances where UFC holds events in locations without a regulatory body, the UFC’s protocol dictates that the organization’s internal regulators will handle all commission functions independently and without interference by company executives or employees.

“The UFC remains committed to maintaining the strictest regulatory environment for competition and vows that no similar breach of protocol will happen again.

“Both White and the UFC apologize to Mr. Hughes for calling his professional judgment into question. Hughes has judged more than 25 UFC fight cards and the UFC looks forward to him working on its events again in the future.”

There was no word from UFC officials on whether or not White would face any sanctions for breaching protocol.

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  • Dana White

    I have decided as punishment I will only have three strippers tonight in the presidential suite at the Bellagio instead of my normal seven. DANA

  • Timothy Malone

    “The UFC organization has always been in support of government regulation and oversight.”

    And we all know holding people accountable for doing a crappy job isn’t the government way.

  • Shred Man

    I’m glad he did it. If a judge is seeing the opposite of what everyone else is seeing, including the other judges, he should be removed.

    • George Sperry

      In every round another Judge scored the same way Hughes did. So what are you glad he was removed about?

    • Illanoid

      Any chance you’re from North Korea?

      • Shred Man

        You are missing the point asswipes. If a judge is that bad, get rid of them. Bad judges ruin the sport. They f-up the fighters record, the fans get pissed off and stop watching. That’s why I stopped watching boxing years ago, because they have too many corrupt or incompetent decisions.

  • MikeMcK83

    Its not that too many people disagree with the decision made, its the precedence it sets.
    It is a democratic ideal that no one man holds power to do much of anything. Does it make doing somethings, even viewed as minor, seemingly ridiculously slow? Of course it does. However the UFC has fought strongly to be regulated everywhere they go. So much so they choose to act as if they are regulated elsewhere, where they are not.
    There are a lot of things that can be done with a single person with absolute power. A few of those are quite bad.
    With all that being said. I believe the only reason the UFC has responded the way they have is that they’re going to raise the eyebrows of bookies across the world. Certainly in Vegas. At the first sight of manipulation you’re going to have a problem. UFC and fox has already done what they can pushing betting odds on all the broadcast. Betting makes small sports big, and big sports the NFL. Its not a money train you cant to scare away.

  • eddie eagle

    Chael is pretty arrogant without any reasons to be arrogant. Book this obnoxious loud mouth doper as a loser and be rid of Chael. Flush