Unfortunately for UFC president Dana White (Pictured), Sunday marked his second consecutive pay-per-view broadcast where the main event was marred in controversy – following a unanimous decision verdict, no less.
However, unlike how he agreed Carlos Condit was deservingly awarded with a win over Nick Diaz at UFC 143, White doesn’t understand how the three officials sitting just inches from the live action handed Benson Henderson a favorable nod over Frankie Edgar at UFC 144.
“I’m not a judge, but I had the fight even going into the last round and I gave the last round to Frankie,” White stated on FUEL TV’s post-fight show. “[UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva had this scored for Frankie by a landslide, as well. But a lot of judges score on damage and Henderson didn’t have the damage. There wasn’t any question where the damage was done.
“I’ve got nothing but respect for Henderson, look at what he did [Sunday]. I’m not going to make a decision about the rematch right now.”
While White didn’t necessarily agree an immediate sequel between Condit and Diaz was warranted, he ultimately decided to grant Diaz his wish – before his marijuana issues came to light, of course. Will he determine to do the same with Henderson and Edgar considering he thought the decision was dubious?
At the conclusion of Sunday’s PPV show, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan overheard White and UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta claim Anthony Pettis would get first dibs at Henderson’s freshly-minted hardware. White practically reaffirmed that notion at the post-fight press conference, but subsequently backpedalled and diverted back to his infamous ‘we’ll see’ response.