Despite forcing his lightweight, middleweight and light heavyweight champions to grant immediate rematches, UFC president Dana White claims instant mulligans don’t exist inside the Octagon.
“There’s no such thing as an automatic rematch. Back in the day in boxing, when they would negotiate contracts there would be a rematch provision,” White stated. “Meaning, ‘If I have the title and I lose, I get an automatic rematch.’ That doesn’t happen in the UFC. We rematch fights that either: A, deserve it, or B, people want to see it.
“So there really is no automatic rematch. There’s no such thing.”
Yo boss man, UFC 112 and UFC 118 featured Frankie Edgar vs. BJ Penn, UFC 104 and UFC 113 showcased Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Lyoto Machida, and UFC 117 hosted the most shocking comeback in MMA history and that middleweight scrap was also rewarded with an immediate sequel.
Two of the rematches were granted following “controversial” UNANIMOUS decisions verdicts, while the 185-pounders will tango twice after a Hail Mary was answered.
“For instance, Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva,” White continued. “The first guy to really take it to Anderson Silva and put on a fight like that. People are still talking about the fight today and people want to see the rematch.”
There is no denying Sonnen embarrassed “The Spider” like no other for 23 minutes and 10 seconds, but shouldn’t you still fall at least one peg after you lose a title bout and have to work your way back up the ladder?
“That’s usually what happens,” he stated. “But in this case, the guy lost with [a minute and 50 seconds] left of a fight he completely dominated, and Anderson Silva is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Let’s put them in there and let’s do it again.
“Do you deny that was a fun fight? Wouldn’t you want to see that fight again?”
No, and YES – in that specific order.
In a nutshell, there are no automatic rematch provisions in UFC contracts, championship scraps or otherwise. It’s simply up to White whether an immediate rematch his warranted.
So, the most powerful man in mixed martial arts makes the call? Shocker…