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Dana White Says “Officiating These Days Is Gonna Kill Combat Sports”

UFC president Dana White was in a foul mood duing a post-fight interview with FUEL TV Saturday night after UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao. When asked about some officiating issues on the card, White gave a powerful comment.

“Officiating these days is gonna kill combat sports,” White said. “We are talking about experienced (refs) doing this for a long time. It’s not just MMA, boxing too (is having issues with officials).”

White was critical during the Cheick Kongo-Shawn Jordan contest, as he felt like referee Yves Lavigne should have made them engage more than he did.

“The reffing in that fight was disgusting,” White said. “This isn’t the Ultimate Clinching Championship. It’s the refs job to make them fight. That entire third round, Yves Lavigne let them clinch against the fence.”

White also made comments about the performance by several fighters on the main card, citing the prelim card as carrying the event. He added that he felt like the anger towards the main event between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao wouldn’t have been so much, “if the undercard didn’t suck so bad.”