Dana White believes Derek Brunson should have received the win at UFC 208 on Saturday, but it doesn’t sound like he’s going to send the middleweight contender a win bonus.
Brunson took on the legendary Anderson Silva at the event, and although he outscored the former champ, the latter earned the unanimous decision victory. Afterwards, Brunson made it crystal clear that he wasn’t happy with the judges, and White reported on the FOX Sports 1 show that the fighter also contacted him (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“Brunson sent me a text,” White said. “He’s obviously very upset. He said, ‘This is how I support my family, and now I don’t get my win bonus when I feel I won the fight.’ But it’s one of those things. I say it all the time. If you don’t want to get screwed by the judges, don’t let it go to the judges.
“It has nothing to do with me. He can text me, and I can feel for him, but it has nothing to do with me. You have to beat your opponent, and you have the beat the judges unfortunately. That’s the business.”
White also reported that he had Brunson winning the fight, as he scored the third round for the latter. White had it 1-1 heading into the final frame. But, as the UFC boss man outlined, if you don’t finish your opponent, you can’t guarantee you’re going to be awarded the fight.
You have to wonder, if the fight had been ridiculously one sided in Brunson’s favor, would the UFC send him some extra cash? Hard to say. While a lot of people had the bout scored for Brunson, we’ve certainly seen much, much worse decisions. It’s also worth noting that both Miesha Tate and Kenny Florian reported on the FS 1, post fight show that they scored the fight for Silva 29-28.
UFC 208 took place in Brooklyn, New York.