While the in-attendance troops and plenty of at-home viewers were quick to criticize the veteran ref, Dana White supported McCarthy's decision, though he admits it was a tough call to make.

"I thought it was a clean shot," White said. "The first two were definitely low. That other one was right on the border. I heard Joe (Rogan) saying the foot hit the cup, but did it hit the top of the cup? Who knows. I thought it was right on the border.

"I think that shot was … more body that hurt him than the actual cup."