Following two controversial split decision scores in the first two fights of UFC Fight Night 48: Bisping vs. Le in Macao, China, on Saturday, UFC president Dana White had one of the judges removed from the remainder of the event.
As with many other international territories, Macao does not have a sanctioning body to oversee mixed martial arts. So the UFC self-regulated the event at Cotai Arena, meaning that the UFC ordered drug testing and was in charge of all officials.
When it appeared to White that something was amiss with one of the judges, he had said judge removed.
“Did you ask me, sir, if it was true that a judge was removed (tonight)?” White said at the post-fight press conference.
“Yes, he was. He was involved in the first fight and the second fight. I told the guys to go let him grab some beer and some popcorn and go sit down and start watching some fights, not judging them.”
White has often targeted athletic commissions in the U.S., where combat sports are regulated by governmentally funded sanctioning bodies that control the selection of referees and judges. On Saturday, however, he had to put the bullseye squarely on his own company.
“It wasn’t great tonight. It drives me crazy,” he said. “I can sit there and ridicule Nevada, California, and all these other places we go; nobody to point the finger at tonight except us.”