Dana White blasts judge who favored Paulo Borrachinha in scoring: 'never again'

President of the organization spares no criticism of the professional and asks the Commission to prevent him from judging big fights again

Dana White at a press conference after the UFC event. Photo: Reproduction/YouTube

Protagonists of great battle in UFC 302, Sean Strickland e Paulo borrachinha They almost had their scene stolen by judge Dave Tirelli. After five rounds of fighting, the professional went against the crowd and his other two partners and scored a victory by four rounds to one in favor of the Brazilian. The attitude, in addition to surprising, deeply irritated Dana White.

“It wasn’t strange (the score). It was fucking bizarre. That's what it was: insane. That guy should never referee a big fight again. They (referee committee) should kick him to smaller fights so he can work on his judgments. It's unbelievable. How could anyone in normal circumstances say that the fight was a split decision? I don't even know what to say about it. It's insane. That guy can’t referee big fights”, said Dana during a press conference after an event.


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Sean Strickland (left) fighting against Paulo borrachinha (dir.). Photo: Reproduction/X

Despite the scare, Sean Strickland was declared the winner of the match in a split decision by the judges. The episode generated great outrage among many fans in the MMA community, who questioned how Dave could have seen four rounds in favor of the Brazilian during a fight held in the penultimate fight of the UFC 302. So far, the New Jersey Commission has not commented on the case.


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