Dana White on Nevada Athletic Commission: 'I'm f-- scared to come back here'
LAS VEGAS -- As far as UFC president Dana White is concerned, the controversial split decision in favor of Georges St-Pierre in his UFC 167 welterweight title defense against Johny Hendricks was the Nevada Athletic Commission's final straw.
While White has complained about the commission overseen by executive director Keith Kizer in the past -- on everything from the choice of referees to the decisions rendered by judges -- White felt that the split decision in favor of St-Pierre belongs in the company of controversial calls made in the recent past in the sport of boxing."The state athletic commission is atrocious," a riled-up White said at the post-fight press conference at the MGM Grand. "I think they need to step in immediately before they destroy this sport like they did with boxing. It used to be the best commission in the world. It's absolutely incompetence. I'm f--- scared to come back here and do fights."
First, Tim Bradley was given an unexpected decision against Manny Pacquiao. Then a bizzare score in Floyd Mayweather's victory over Saul "Canelo" Alvarez prompted Nevada governor Brian Sandoval to step in and push out the judge involved.
White said that the company may need to reconsider how many events it stages in its hometown if changes aren't made."What more can I do?" White said. "Obviously when there's a huge boxing fight and they f--- up, holy s---, the world stops and we gotta fix this thing. Pacquiao lost that fight and it almost happened to Mayweather in a fight he clearly won. You know? I just don't know what else needs to be done. Its unfortunate."
"We have a great relationship with the MGM, we have a great relationship with Mandalay Bay, this is our hometown, this is where we live," he said. "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?"
Dana White: Josh Koscheck won't be cut despite third straight loss
The cast members of the first and most memorable season of The Ultimate Fighter have been rapidly becoming an endangered species.
There are four fighters left. But neither Mike Swick, due to constantly battling an illness, nor Chris Leben, battling demons and losses, are considered top tier fighters right now. The two remaining fighters at a significant level are Diego Sanchez and Josh Koscheck.
But after Saturday’s loss to Tyron Woodley, Koscheck (19-8) may also be out of that category after being knocked out at 4:38 of the first round. It wasn’t so much Koscheck being knocked out, since Woodley (12-2) was favored to beat him, but that Koscheck was knocked down three times before being finished, nearly every time a solid right landed.
Koscheck was so shaken up after the fight that Dana White went into the cage to speak with him and make sure he was okay. White also revealed that after the fight, Koscheck sent him a text message, which he described as something that may have been him saying he was retiring.
Still, White, doesn’t think Koscheck should be done.
In the post-press conference scrum, White brought up the text and said he thought Koscheck still had some fight left in him.
It was Koscheck’s third straight loss. Three is often the magic number, although White had many times noted a fondness or the cast of the first season. Without it, UFC very likely wouldn’t exist, and almost surely wouldn’t under White’s management."The other guys’s a beast," said White, who said he thought Koscheck hurt Woodley early before being finished.
Koscheck was also knocked out in his previous fight against Robbie Lawler. Before that, he lost a split decision to Johny Hendricks, in a fight that many thought Koscheck had won.
White noted Koscheck comes out, gets booed by most of the fans, and then almost always performs.
But the concerning thing wasn’t the two previous losses, as the Hendricks fight today hardly is a demerit, and he got caught in a bad position with Lawler, one of the hardest punchers in the division.
But the concerning issue is that Koscheck went down from punches that the old Koscheck would have likely stood up to, considering he went three rounds without being hurt significantly by Hendricks, a much bigger puncher.
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Defiant Dana White: Georges St. Pierre will not retire, owes Johny Hendricks -- and UFC fans -- immediate rematch
Saturday night's (Nov. 16, 2013) split-decision in the UFC 167 main event between Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks left many people screaming "controversy!" Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is among that group of people.
To those who watched the fight between St. Pierre and Hendricks, it looked like it was going to be a very clear decision for Hendricks (highlights here). He landed the harder strikes over five rounds and their faces told the story. St. Pierre's looked like he was in a car accident (pic here). Hendricks' looked like he got done with a light run.
But the controversial ending isn't what has the UFC President steaming. It's that St. Pierre apparently retired in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, though he never used the exact word.
Strong words, but true."Did he say he wants to retire? He didn't say 'I'm gonna retire, I'm hanging it up. It's been great everybody. Thanks a lot for all the years. See you later.' He said "I'm gonna take some time off.' First off, that decision that happens, you don't just say, 'Oh I'm going to take a while time off. Maybe I'll be back, maybe I won't.' ... You owe it to the fans, you owe it to the belt, you owe it to this company, and you owe it to Johny Hendricks give him that opportunity for him to fight again."
Had St. Pierre formally retired, UFC would be able to move forward with the Welterweight division. By saying he needs to take some years off, he's not only holding up the division, but also holding onto a belt that he has no intentions of defending.
Good to know that cooler heads will prevail."What happened tonight is not Georges St. Pierre's fault, he didn't choose himself the winner. I know Georges as a man, I know the type of person that he is and the right thing needs to be done here. The guy is going to go home, rest and fight Johny Hendricks again."