By Zach Arnold | September 11, 2012
On a day where the UFC 10/13 Brazil show card got shredded due to Rampage Jackson pulling out of his fight with Glover Teixeira and Jose Aldo having to pull out of his fight against Frankie Edgar, Dana finds himself on an island of turmoil right now as far as matchmaking goes.
Which is why I’m amused to see him backtrack as fast as he can from comments he made about Greg Jackson and Jon Jones ‘murdering the sport’ of MMA because Jones wouldn’t fight Chael Sonnen on September 1st in Las Vegas.
Part of that backtracking, as we so often see from Dana after a blow-up, is trying to softening his public stance on Jones despite not talking to him (yet). In his infinite wisdom, Dana decided to try to put over Jones while talking about his favorite subject, which is bad officiating & judging in MMA. Another favorite Dana conversation point is his disdain for referee Steve Mazzagatti. Throw in all three subjects and you get what you get here during this interview on Inside MMA.
Yes, according to Dana, instant replay would have prevented Steve Mazzagatti from disqualifying Jon Jones for using 12-to-6 elbows on Matt Hamill. Except, there’s one problem with this claim…
Instant replay was used for the Jon Jones/Matt Hamill fight that Mazzagatti officiated.
DANA WHITE: “Every other sport has instant replay. Fighting needs to, too, especially with how bad the officiating has been. Judges and reffing. Instant replay…”
BAS RUTTEN: “That’s it!”
DANA WHITE: “They’ve got this thing with combat sports, OK? These athletic commissions has this thing where it’s like once a guy makes a decision, it can’t be overturned.”
BAS RUTTEN: “It’s B.S.”
DANA WHITE: “It’s INSANE! It’s INSANE! In football if you make a mistake, guys are going to make mistakes, you can’t be at all the angles, you can’t see everything. And this sport is so young, there’s a lot of people that are not qualified to judge and ref this sport that are judging and reffing it. Instant replay makes sense and instant replay would be awesome because the thing that people do understand but some don’t, once you make a decision and it’s a bad cal you effect this guy’s life forever.”
BAS RUTTEN: “People say, ‘it takes too long.’ It takes five seconds.”
DANA WHITE: “EXACTLY. And you make a mistake in a baseball game, there’s 190 more baseball games this season, OK? They’ll be all right, they’ll make up for it. You make a mistake in fighting, it hurts this guy immensely.”
KENNY RICE: “How does it ever get fixed in the next couple of years?”
DANA WHITE: “It has to get better. It has to get better. I mean, if it doesn’t… everybody’s in trouble. You know, I consistently when bad calls are made I call people out and, you know, we’re doing everything we can to try to stop this from happening. It’s literally, I think it’s one of the worst things that can happen if a guy loses a fight that didn’t really lose that fight. It’s just… I mean, you know more than anybody how hard these guys work, how hard they train, how much they put into this, and… it effects their money, their legacy, it effects everything. I mean, Jon Jones has one loss on his record that isn’t right!”
BAS RUTTEN: “That wasn’t a loss.”
DANA WHITE: “That wasn’t a loss. He should be undefeated right now. We should be able to go out and promote Jon Jones as the undisputed, undefeated Light Heavyweight champion. But we can’t because there was a guy reffing a fight that didn’t belong there.”