On Saturday night at UFC 169 what ended up being record setting night with ten decisions happening on the entire card. Only two of the scheduled fights had finishes, one of then being the main event TKO stoppage of Uriah Faber by Champion Renan Barao. The stoppage afterwards being called early or controversial which indeed many fans reporters alike would argue including UFC President Dana White.
Following the event in at the post fight press conference Dana White went on to say that Herb Dean who was the 3rd man in the octagon who is undoubtedly the best referee in the business had simply made a mistake.
"You've heard me talk about Herb Dean a million times I think he's the best referee in the business he rarely makes mistakes but he made one tonight" Dana White UFC President
Uriah Faber himself also said in his post fight interview with Joe Rogan that Herb Dean is the best not taking anything away from him but he was still there and had given the thumbs up as Barao was landing hammer fists on Uriah which lead to the controversial stoppage. With that being said adding to the controversy Uriah Faber told reporters at the presser that he also had suffered an injury to his hamstring and knee early in his preparation for the title bout which was only 3 weeks. Faber decided to back out of the Golden opportunity given by the UFC after which Dominik Cruz whom he replaced who was set to face Barao initially had pulled out of the fight due to an injury himself
The Faber injury and short training camp for the title fight
Uriah's run in 2013 to get back to the title
The questionable stoppage
Uriah's star power & ability to headline an event
No clear cut #1 contender at 135 and or top guy currently who Barao hasn't already finished
Dana's obvious favoritism for Uriah
& We have ourselves Barao vs Faber 3 in the near future of 2014
A reporter told Dana late in the presser that many have knocked Faber for getting another title shot which White replied and defended Uriah by telling the guy
"He earned it because he's one of the best in the world" "If you knock Faber for getting another shot you're just hating on the guy" Dana White
White then asked the same reporter there if he thought Uriah could've have continued and if anyone in attendance at the presser disagree? White then went on to say in closing that the main event ending was
"The Cherry on top of the 10 decision record breaking catastrophe this evening" Dana White