At UFC 208 on Saturday night, every single fight went to a decision, except for what was basically a tune up fight for Jacare as he waits for his title shot. The top two bouts didn’t quite deliver, and was marred with fouls, and somewhat controversial decisions to boot.
Overall it wasn’t exactly the best night of entertainment, and even Dana White couldn’t stop from being blunt about it. When asked about the highlight of the event, the UFC president answered that it was “the plane ride home.”
He then said the lone bright spot was Miller vs Poirier, but the point was clear. From the officiating, to the action, things just didn’t quite click on Saturday night.
“I feel that the ref from New York shouldn’t be ref-ing a main event fight. They don’t have enough experience,” White said. “He should not have been in there. But again, we don’t make those decisions, the commission does. That was a bad decision by them. If that guy takes a point for hitting after the bell, it’s a draw — the only possible way this night could be any more (expletive).”
“Everybody was blowing me up on my phone,” he explained. “What’s wrong with this ref is that he doesn’t have big-fight experience like that. None of these guys do from this state yet. He should’ve had one of the experienced MMA refs in there ref-ing the main event.”