White: I have no power what so ever over the commission


Saturday night following GSP's split decision victory over Johny Hendricks in the main event of UFC 167, UFC president Dana White directed the verbal equivalent of Wanderlei Silva's knees at the Nevada State Athletic Commisison.

“Nevada is a very scary place," said White. "This is the worst commission on the planet. I’m afraid to bring fights to Las Vegas."

“The governor needs to step in and fix the incompetence that is happening in the state of Nevada that used to be the best commission in the world. It’s absolutely, 100 percent incompetence, and it needs to stop. I’m f–-ing scared to come back here and do fights. I’m afraid of this state.”

"I think the Nevada State Athletic Commission is atrocious. I think the governor needs to step in immediately before these guys destroy the sport like they did boxing.”

"This is our hometown, this is where we live, and our athletic commission is the weakest commission in the country. When you start looking at next year's schedule, how many events do you want to do in Vegas?"

White appeared Wednesday on UFC Tonight with Kenny Florian and Chael Sonnen, and was asked to reflect on his remarks.

Florian got right into it.

"Obviously you've had a few days to simmer down now," said Florian. "Looking back at the decision between Hendricks and George St-Pierre, how did you see it?"

White said he hadn't changed his mind.

"I had Hendricks winning the fight," said White. "That hasn't changed. But - I haven't watched the fight again, I haven't watched it on TV - I had Hendricks winning the fight."

Chael Sonnen then noted that all three judges were unanimous on rounds 2, 3, 4, and 5, which means only round 1 is in dispute. And further, Sonnen said he has rewatched round 1, and had it for GSP. Then Chael cut to the chase.

"Will you concede that it is was close enough for the argument to be made?" asked Sonnen.

White noted he was right there as GSP went for a double and got banged up with elbows, and reiterated that he gave Johny Hendricks the first round.

Florian then asked Dana what he feels the Nevada State Atheletic Commission needs to do to improve and move forward.

White replied at length.

"One thing that I wanted everybody to understand that night - because people don't understand - I wanted to make it absolutely clear that we in no way, shape, or form have any input whatsoever on the judges or the referees," said White. "We don't pick 'em, we have nothing to do with them, it's the complete opposite. And, obviously, I was a little fired up on Saturday night. But, I wanted to make it absolutely clear to everybody out there watching that we have nothing to do with judges and refs, the athletic commission does, which is the government."

Sonnen pressed, asking Dana if his frustration lay with what is arguably human error in judging, or if it lay with a lack of response like further education or firing, if a judge does a poor job.

White agreed, and said he thought things would change.

"I think that, since a lot of things have been happening lately, it's going to change," said White. "I think it's going to change. The commissioners who are on the commission, the actual commissioners, whether it's Lundvall, it's Cisco, it's Bill Brady, there all good people. I respect the commissioners, but it's exactly like you just said Chael, that needs to be done.

"First of all, your have boxing judges refereeing mixed martial arts fights, there's no mixed martial artists, former mixed martial artists, or anybody who knows enough."

Florian then asked if the UFC should take over, and preside over the judges and referees.

"Can't do it," explained White. "Can't do it, we're sanctioned. I'm one of the guys who fought hard for sanctioning for mixed martial arts. It's a good thing. It's not rocket science, we all know what needs to be done, it just needs to be done."

Florian then jumped in saying "you can change it."

White cut the line of inquiry short.

"Guys, if I wasn't clear enough Saturday night, let me tell you again," said White emphatically. "I have no power when it comes to this what so ever. No power. And I can tell you this, you know... what I had to say Saturday was frowned upon, you know. It's not like people are thrilled with how I voiced my opinion on Saturday."

There are constant requests on the UG that the UFC just sidestep bad refs or judges. Hopefully, at the least, the entire episode illustrates that the UFC does not choose officials, the goverment does.

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ChaosOverkill site profile image  

11/21/13 6:05 PM by ChaosOverkill

However, when Cagewriter's Elias Cepeda, asked Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) executive director Keith Kizer if there was a judging crisis in Nevada, Kizer was unqequivocal. "No," he explained. "I don’t see controversy in the GSP-Hendricks decision. The media seems split on who won. The LA times scored it for GSP. All seemed to agree that Hendricks won rounds two and four and that St. Pierre won three and five. The first round could have gone either way."   MEDIA SCORES Adam Martin Sportsnet.ca 47-48 Hendricks Cory Braiterman MMAMania.com 47-48 Hendricks Nathan McCarter BleacherReport.com 47-48 Hendricks Craig Amos BleacherReport.com 47-48 Hendricks Luke Thomas MMAFighting.com 47-48 Hendricks Brent Brookhouse BloodyElbow.com 47-48 Hendricks  MMAWeekly.com 47-48 Hendricks Mike Whitman Sherdog.com 47-48 Hendricks Chris Nelson Sherdog.com 47-48 Hendricks Jordan Breen Sherdog.com 47-48 Hendricks  MMAJunkie.com 47-48 Hendricks Chase Raymond BJPenn.com 47-48 Hendricks John Pollock Fight Network 47-48 Hendricks Jason Floyd TheMMAReport.com 47-48 Hendricks Tim Burke BloodyElbow.com 47-48 Hendricks  FightMetric.com 47-48 Hendricks     Super split there Kizer DERP

Ked Becker site profile image  

11/21/13 6:02 PM by Ked Becker

when trying to make up a new system for judging you need to consider two factors: who deserves to win, and what it will do for the sport.the “deserve” argument is actually simpler than the way it’s usually displayed, IMO. when a fight is close, meaning no fighter beat the other fighter up, than neither fighter deserves to win. it’s a draw. this might not be what some fans want to hear but that’s they way it is. it doesn’t make sense to say one fighter won the fight when actually everybody agrees it was a close fight.however some fans want for some reason to have a “winner”. I don’t know why. I guess they don’t like ambiguity. right now almost all fights are ruled as win/loss affairs rather than draws. so many fighters have learned to control fights rather than look to hurt the other guy (which is what fighting really is) because it’s a much safer way to fight. if all these fights with those “safe” fighters would have been ruled draws, fighters would stop fighting this way, and instead look more to finish or at least really beat the other fighter up to get the decision. so it would be good for the sport because it would be more exciting, and there would be less controversies like this one here.

BobbyDigital420 site profile image  

11/21/13 12:51 PM by BobbyDigital420

it's funny, Kizer said this in his interview   However, when Cagewriter's Elias Cepeda, asked Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) executive director Keith Kizer if there was a judging crisis in Nevada, Kizer was unqequivocal. "No," he explained. "I don’t see controversy in the GSP-Hendricks decision. The media seems split on who won. The LA times scored it for GSP. All seemed to agree that Hendricks won rounds two and four and that St. Pierre won three and five. The first round could have gone either way." "Even if you disagreed with the scoring, how is that something to criticize the commission for?" "Before the fight, both the St. Pierre and Hendricks camps were fine with the proposed judges... [Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and former NSAC executive director] Marc Ratner and Dana White have also told me that they believe Sal D'Mato and Tony Weeks were two of the best judges, if not the best, in MMA. You can tell they feel that way by where the UFC has taken them." Kizer also addressed White's frustration leading to less shows in Las Vegas. "I don’t think it's likely," said Kizer. "I don’t think its what he meant but in any case, we are a public agency and so we are happy to hear everyone's comments and input."

Blunderhooks site profile image  

11/21/13 12:39 PM by Blunderhooks

My point is that Dana's position is inconsistent. Rightly or not, Dana has heavily criticized Sal D'Amato's scorecard several times. So why does Mark Ratner keep hiring him?

sickdarce site profile image  

11/21/13 12:24 PM by sickdarce

Adelaide Bird, CJ RossCut and Dried if you ask me.

Stephen Holder site profile image  

11/21/13 12:23 PM by Stephen Holder

The bigger issue for the UFC is credibility going forward regarding being able to live up to it's mainstream potential. You practically need a fucking PHD to break down why the fight was 'close' to argue in favor of GSP whereas the average bum walking the street who is unfamiliar with GSP/Hendricks/UFC/mma AND (AND!) the opinions most of the people who matter in the mma community identify with Hendricks as the winner. Theres a schizm developing betwen the reality percieved by fans/potential fans and what the athletic commissions are dictating as the winner of these decisions.Its not a suprise but its kind of sad how Dana's/Yamasaki's/McCarthy's/GSP's former manager/practically the whole MMA community's disgust doesnt resonate with the UG. The place where undoubtedly the some of the most invested and knowledgeable 'hardcore' mma fans bitch and moan about Dana and the 'Evil Zuffa Empire' readily embraces these rules that are engineered to reward fights to guys who reportedly dont even like fighting.

Authority Figure site profile image  

11/21/13 12:19 PM by Authority Figure

American sports commissions have no jurisdiction over foreign fights. He can threaten to avoid having fights in specific US cities as a type of economic sanctions or boycott or engage in negative media but he can't force anyone to do anything

Johnny D site profile image  

11/21/13 12:18 PM by Johnny D

That was supposed to be "plus one". I guess plus signs don't come thru on iphones

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

11/21/13 12:16 PM by RyannVonDoom