UFC President Dana White Paid Nam Phan, Rails On MMA Judging

December 10, 2010
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UFC president Dana White is never one to mince words. And he especially doesn’t hold his tongue when he talks about one of the most controversial subjects in mixed martial arts, the state of refereeing and judging.

White was so incensed by the judges’ scoring of the Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia fight at the TUF 12 finale – Garcia won the decision – that he paid both Garcia and Phan their win money.

White on Thursday in Montreal talked about his thoughts on the state of refereeing and judging in the sport his company thrives on.

  • Keith Kizer needs to address this is a serious manner or step aside and let someone else take the reigns.

  • ShockednAwed

    Judges, even highly-trained ones, make subjective calls against the majority. Referees, even the best ones, don’t see everything – and fans of other pro sports that have added extra officials (European Championship-level soccer and NHL hockey were the latest) can attest it hasn’t helped eliminate errors.

    Video replays could/should help wipe out mistakes for the refs, but in a sport like MMA, it could be a case of too little, too late (like, with a missed tap, for example).

    Perhaps it’s the necessity for an immediate decision that’s the problem… what if a fight ending without a stoppage goes to review, with a decision announced the next day? Sure, it takes away from that emotional moment, but if it meant more decisions like this one went the right way, would it be worth it?

    In my opinion, I’d like to see the commission introduce something like that, or just declare these fights drawn with a provision for an auto-rematch.