UFC President Dana White left little to the imagination when he spoke to the media ahead of UFC Vegas 5. The long-time UFC boss had stern words of action for his staff following an incident that occurred at Fight Island.
White seemed particularly passionate when referencing the situation and threatened termination if such instances were to be repeated.
The incident in question occurred when commentator Dan Hardy vocalized his disagreement with Referee Herb Dean’s stoppage.
According to Hardy, the referee failed to intervene soon enough when Francisco Trinaldo seemingly finished Jai Herbert. Not to mention, the former fighter in Hardy paused his commentary duties to criticize the veteran MMA referee.
Dana White’s agitation as he drew notice to the aforementioned incident that took place in Abu Dhabi was painstakingly clear, via BJ Penn.com.
He laid out a clear-cut agenda that he said was set to be followed in the future. Additionally, he touched on an instance involving a fighter pushing referee Marc Goddard over a stoppage.
“Something went down last night in Abu Dhabi, too, where Goddard got pushed. I want to make this very clear: If you work for me, and you approach a judge or a referee or any type of official, I will fire you.
“You will lose your job. You will never work for me again if you do that,” said White.
In recent memory, White has not been as vocal in terms of threatening termination to his employees. The Hardy-Dean situation sparked a major debate amongst MMA fans and pundits involving the interference with officiating.
“Nobody has the right to (approach them). Listen, you want to criticize judges, you want to criticize referees, you didn’t agree with a decision or things like that. We love Dan (Hardy), and Dan got emotional.”
White, particularly, has been extremely vocal against bad judging and refereeing in his own right. Chiefly, he spoke out to ensure that the criticism would be categorized after the fact.
“The problem is that with this setup, it’s a lot easier to do. It’s a lot easier to interact with everyone. From the fighters to the referees to the media and everybody.
“If you work for me in any capacity and you approach a referee or judge or any official, I will fire you that night on the spot. That can never happen here ever again.”
Given the nature of his message, it remains clear that Dana White intends to follow through on his warning. In light of these incidents, some degree of commission oversight may also be involved when dealing with MMA officials.
VIA SOURCE- BJ Penn.com
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