On the off chance you fell asleep shortly after you plunked down $55 for the UFC 167 pay-per-view, but woke up in time to catch the post-fight press conference, you had to wonder what kind of judging debacle you missed in the main event.
There stood UFC president Dana White, going off on the judges that scored the five-round title fight between welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks in favor of St-Pierre. White, ranted:
I think the Nevada State Athletic Commission is atrocious. I think the governor needs to step in immediately before these guys destroy this sport like they did boxing.
The alternatives are that the governor needs to step in and fix the incompetence that is happening in the state of Nevada that used to be the best commission in the world. It's absolute 100 percent incompetence, and it needs to stop, and I'm scared to come back here and do fights. I'm afraid of this state.
The result of the fight was a split decision. Two of the cageside judges scored the fight for St-Pierre while the other judge had Hendricks winning. The scores on all three scorecards were 48-47, with all each judge scoring rounds 2-5 the same. The deciding round was the first. That round, according to judges Sal D'Amato and Tony Weeks went to St-Pierre. Judge Glenn Trowbridge had that round going to Hendricks.
Keith Kizer, executive director of the NSAC responded to White's verbal attack by telling MMAJunkie:
The last four rounds were scored unanimously. The first could have gone either way, as most people thought it could have gone either way, regardless of how they scored it. It's more about Dana's comments than anything else, not about the scoring.
Kizer, when asked if White's comments about being afraid to have any more UFC fights in Nevada were concerning, Kizer responded:
Not to me.
The UFC, headquartered in Las Vegas, has put on 79 total events in Las Vegas. The promotion currently has another three booked for the city between November 30, 2013 and February 22, 2014.
The split decision win that caused the controversy and hand wringing, extended St-Pierre's title defense streak to nine straight and ended a six-fight winning streak for Hendricks.
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