UFC Fight Night: White Pulls Fight Judge


dana-whiteMACAO, China – UFC Fight Night 48 in Macao, China wasn’t without its share of controversy as one of the fight judges was removed during the event after the first two fights of the night went controversially in the favor that his card scored.

The first fight of the night was a split decision in favor of Milana Dudieva over Elizabeth Phillips. Phillips, and many fans disagreed with the decision and made it known on twitter.

“I got robbed so [expletive] bad. I hate the UFC,” tweeted Phillips, “I’m done fighting for a while cause this is some corrupt [expletive].”

The fight stats didn’t support the claim with Phillips landing only three more total strikes in the fight and being the victim of two takedowns at the hands of Dudieva. Phillips did land 14 more significant strikes in the bout.

In the very next fight another controversial decision occurred as Royston Wee won a split decision over Yao Zhikui.

“Where did I lose that fight?” asked Zhikui, “it must be because I didn’t get the knockout. I’m sorry to the fans, I really thought I had that but I am grateful for their support. I’m speechless right now.”

Zhikui landed 19 more strikes that Wee did and nine more significant strikes but was taken down three times.

UFC President Dana White made the decision to remove fight judge Howard Hughes during the fights after the two controversial decisions occurred.

“He was involved in the first fight and the second fight,” said White, “I told the guys to go let him grab some beer and some popcorn and go sit down and start watching some fights, not judging them.”

“It wasn’t great tonight. It wasn’t and it drives me crazy,” said the frustrated President, “So I can sit there and ridicule Nevada, California and all these other places we go, but nobody to point the finger at tonight except for us.”

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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