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In The Scrum: UFC 149

UFC President Dana WhiteAfter the UFC 149 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White met with members of various media outlets to field a variety of questions. Still very clearly steamed about some of the officiating which took place at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Dana spoke at great lengths about the level of officiating in combat sports nowadays. 

White also discusses Hector Lombard’s UFC debut,  his current relationship with Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and the potential future of Anderson Silva.

Notes from the scum:

  • White says Lombard should fight welterweight. Blasts top-10 rankings of fighters outside the UFC.
  • Dana says if he had to make the choice right now, Chris Weidman would face Anderson Silva
  • “Cheick Kongo fought scared.” His next fight will be someone he can’t throw one punch and clinch against.
  • He has no ill-will toward “Rampage” Jackson but says he needs to decide whether he loves or hate the UFC because he changes his mind too often. “If he decides he doesn’t want to fight for us anymore, we’re not going to hold him back.”
  • Rampage asked to be cut, Dana begged “we’ve honored your contract so far, honor yours and finish it.” Rampage took a step back and agreed.
  • Dana speaks out on officiating: “It needs to get fixed… it’s like the kick to body tonight (Matt Riddle vs Chris Clements) it was clearly a kick to the body and Rosenthal stopped the action thinking it was to the groin… What if Riddle lost when he could have finished there? … I am pissed at Yves Lavigne tonight. You should let two guys (Cheick Kongo and Shawn Jordan) stand there and clinch for 15 minutes. … Mazzagatti still works. Enough said, the fact that a commission lets him ref is beyond my comprehension.”
  • Mark Ratner selects referees and judges for international UFC events, Dana has never been involved in the process.

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