‘Its Never Going to Be Perfect’ – Dana White Backs UFC Scoring System

January 7, 2021 9:27 am

UFC President Dana White has helped build the UFC into the mighty powerhouse of MMA that it is today. The biggest MMA organization in the world, the UFC, sets the standard for MMA on a global stage.

However, the sport is still relatively young as compared to other major sports such as football and basketball. Hence, some rules still require time to develop over time with trial and error.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 02: UFC President Dana White. holds the UFC Legacy championship belt during the UFC 235 event at T-Mobile Arena. on March 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The UFC President has often criticized the scorecards of judges during UFC events, as some outrageous decisions have been scored. However, White believes that the system is still better than adopting an open scoring system.

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Dana White is not interested in open scoring

A major talking point in most UFC fights that go to the judge’s decision is the scoring criteria. It’s not surprising these days when most fans and media are shocked by a judge’s decision. 

Dana White is famously known for telling his fighters to never leave it in the hands of the judges. Speaking during an online chat with ESPN+ subscribers hosted by Laura Sanko, Dana explained, “When we do the fights, I have an idea of who I think won or lost or whatever, but when I’m standing there with the belt, I don’t know what Bruce Buffer is going to say.”

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 07: UFC president Dana. White is interviewed by Laura Sanko during Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender. Series at the TUF Gym on August 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/DWTNCS LLC)

When asked about what he thought about an open scoring system in the UFC, White explained, “If a guy knows that he’s up two rounds and you’re a professional fighter, you can absolutely stay away from a guy for an entire round and make the fight completely horrible. If you already know you’ve got two rounds in the bag, guarantee if you saw your score up there, all (you) have to do is stay away from this guy for the next five minutes. That makes for a lot of bad third rounds.”

However, he concluded that it would never be perfect as some fights would drive people insane or blow their bets as such things just go with the fight business. He added that watching the fight and waiting for the results are fun.

The UFC returns to Fight Island

The promotion will kick off their year, not in the United States but in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The UFC will hold three events starting on January 16, headlined by featherweights Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar. On January 20, Neil Magny and Michael Chiesa will take center stage in the main event after the fight between Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev was canceled.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 4: (L-R) Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face off during the UFC 178. Ultimate Media Day at the MGM Grand Hotel. Casino on August 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The UFC will look to close the show at Fight Island with a massive pay-per-view event. The UFC 257 headline will see the return of Conor McGregor, who will take on Dustin Poirier in a rematch from 2014. However, the card gets even better, as Michael Chandler will make his UFC debut against Dan Hooker on the January 23 card as well.


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Keith Dsouza

Keith D'Souza is part of the Essentially Sports MMA writing team. Having followed the sport since 2013, some of his favorite fighters include Max Holloway, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, and Johny Hendricks. Keith also runs PureMMAIndia, a brand that promotes MMA over social media which aims at growing the sport in India. Besides MMA, Keith is also well versed in Formula 1.

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